wanted to buy a balloon at the fair – a red balloon:
I always wanted a red balloon,
It only cost a dime;
But Ma said it was risky,
They broke so quickly,
And beside, she didn’t have time,
And even if she did, she didn’t
Think they were worth a dime.
We lived on a farm & I only went
To one circus and fair,
And all the balloons I ever saw were there:
There were yellow ones & blue ones,
But the kind I liked the best
Were the red, and I don’t see why
She couldn’t have stopped and said
That maybe I could have one –
But she didn’t – I suppose that now
You can buy them anywheres,
And that they still sell red ones
At circuses and fairs.
I got a little money saved;
I got a lot of time,
I got no one to tell me how to spend my dime;
Plenty of balloons – but somehow
There’s something died inside of me,
And I don’t want one now.
Jill Spargur, Tragedy, in THE BEST LOVED POEMS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE 389-90
(Hazel Felleman, ed., 1936).
I have read The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Dr. Gary Chapman, and Dr. Ross Campbell's books, How to Really Love Your Child and How to Really Love Your Teenager. Very practical, down to earth, and clearly presented.
This chart, "Mom's Guide to the Five Love Languages of Children," is a good overview of the five languages of love: Physical Touch, Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Gifts, and Acts of Service.
The love language of your child/ren? As you read, the love language your child will hear and respond to from you, will likely be seen.
Find dozens of tips for practical ways to speak your child's love language! For free online study guide, visit 5lovelanguages.com.
What I liked about this book:
Becoming multilingual, not using one love language to the exclusion of others. This teaches children how to reach out to others with a language different from their own.
As you seek to discover your child's primary love language by listening, you will discover their heart's cry. "Do you see me? Do you really love me? You say you do, but do you show me with your heart?"
At the end of each section there are suggested ways to apply to fill their emotional love tank not allowing it to run dry.
There are additional resources given in the back of the book of other book references that would be a help to parents.
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