Love language hacks for the coronavirus shutdown, at least from my vantage point, are an easy stretch. I know this because the hacks have already been created by parents of kids with special needs and disabilities. They’ve been living with social distancing for years, all the while adapting the love language concepts for all the members in their families.
But that’s not all!
Thanks to Sharing Love Abundantly in Special Needs Families: The 5 Love Languages® for Parents Raising Children with Disabilities, (available in print, Kindle, and audio formats) hacks created by the 40 families interviewed for the book have been compiled by Dr. Chapman and me, so they are ready to assist caregiving families everywhere.
But wait, there’s more!
This post offers a few examples of love language hacks found in Sharing Love Abundantly, and it shows you how to create love language hacks for your family, whether or not you are directly involved in caregiving.
A Few Simple Love Language Hacks
- Carry out date night. Date nights are notoriously hard for caregiving parents to arrange, as hard as going out is for the general public with restaurants and theaters closed because of COVID-19. Parents circumvent the caregiving obstacle with a carry out meal eaten by candlelight after the kids go to bed. Cuddle on the sofa afterwards to talk about your day, and boom, you’ve got date night!
- Pizza and movie night. While carry out date night is for you and your honey, pizza and movie night is a hack for the whole family. Step one is to make your own pizza or order it for the whole family. Step two is for everyone to put on pajamas after supper. Step three is to watch a movie appropriate for the entire family. Step four is to put the kids (or the younger kids, depending on their age spread) to bed. Step five is for parents and older kids to stay up late and to watch a second movie appropriate for them, or for the adults if there are no older kids.
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