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      Petit Life — Children

      Love Languages of Children

      Love Languages of Children

      A ‘love language’ is the way others treat you that makes you feel most loved. It is also the way you prefer to show love. Children, too, express and receive love in different ways. There are, according to psychological and behavioural studies, five different love languages. This particular concept was introduced by Dr. Gary Chapman and aims to create beautiful, healthy relationships with your children.

       

      At Petit Love, of course, cuddles, gifts and happy words are non-negotiable! Give the below a read, and let us know which love language your little one speaks most:

       

      Physical Touch 

      Hugs, kisses, pats on the back and holding hands are all physical expressions of love. Your child’s love language is affectionate and will show love in the most obvious way. Physical play is also a way of meeting your child’s emotional needs.

       

      Words of Affirmation

      Gentle, heartfelt words nurture a sense of security within your child. They thrive on words of affection and endearment. Praise and encouragement, and phrases that suggest care and guidance will leave your child feeling loved and assured.

       

      Quality Time

      Being present and giving your child your undivided attention will make them feel like the most important person in the world. The activity is rarely important but doing the activity together, uninterrupted, is.

       

      Gifts

      A hand written note, a freshly picked flower or a small gift are a tangible token of affection for your child. Yes, all children beg for things but, for those whose love language is receiving gifts, they see the gift as an extension of you and your love. They feel appreciated by the thoughtfulness of the gift.

       

      Acts of Service

      In the early stages of life, we do things for our children that they can’t do for themselves. As they get older, our love is expressed by rather teaching them how to do things for themselves.

      It does not mean doing everything for them but rather easing the burden of responsibilities where you can. Helping with homework or fixing a bicycle wheel puncture are such examples of this love language.

       

       

      How do I know what Love Language my child expresses?

      1. Observe how they express love to you.
      2. Observe how they express love to other people.
      3. What do they request most often?
      4. What do they complain about the most?

       

      Though children receive love best from one language, there’s no doubt they benefit from all expressions of unconditional love.

       

       

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      To get in touch | online@petitlove.co.za

      Photography by Wilma Kotze Photography.

       

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      Source:

      Gary Chapman, PhD, is the author of the bestselling The 5 Love Languages® series, which has sold more than 10 million worldwide and has been translated into 50 languages.

      https://www.imom.com/love-language-the-5-love-languages-of-children/#.XEnQqS2B0_V

      https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/your-childs-emotions/your-childs-love-language

      https://www.parent24.com/Family/Parenting/speaking-your-childs-love-language-20180830

      The shift to an E-commerce Boutique

      The shift to an E-commerce Boutique

      Recently, we made the decision to move from our brick-and-mortar stores to an e-commerce baby boutique with a wholesale offering. We’ve received so much excitement around this move, especially from our Johannesburg and Durban customers. In this blog, we deep-dive into ‘why’ this decision was the BEST decision we’ve ever made.

       

      Rent & Reason

       

      It’s no secret that growing, local businesses renting a physical store aren’t getting the support they need from landlords. But, are desperately eager to run sustainable, long-term, profitable stores.

      Everyone knows that economies of scale work in most businesses, and most certainly applies to the retail industry. The level of expansion required to reach these economies however, basically puts you in the realm of big box retail.

      We still have an office space and warehouse. But, we’re no longer concerned about a hike in rental from year-to-year. We’re also not worried about an unexpected reshuffle/closure of our neighbouring brands.

       

      The retail landscape is changing, and we took control of what we know best. Ultimately, it was about delivery to our customers. How to offer a customer base value is ultimately a location, quality and price balance. We are better set to achieve this through our e-commerce platform.

       

      Customer-Centric Culture

       

      Since inception, in 2010, we’ve made it our mission to be South Africa’s parenting partners. We position the customer at the very core of our organisation. We channel decision-making around the feedback we receive from moms, dads, grandparents, aunties and uncles. Especially in the last 2 years, the call for a ‘Petit Love Johannesburg‘ has been part of this feedback. But, Durban, Bloemfontein and Somerset West were as equally prominent.  E-commerce allows us to curate our items with purpose, package with love, and deliver in a mere 1-2 days nationwide.

       

       

      Clever Collaborations

       

      Adding value in the complete value chain: Lifestyle (Brand), Retail (Online) and Wholesale (Brick & Mortar).  As a very proudly South African team, we’ve always been excited to partner with other local brands. Especially those we consider to be benchmarks within the industry. In 2018, the launch of Petit Rooms saw some incredible new doors open up for us. The ball started rolling quickly with new, collaborative opportunities.

      This includes the wholesale of our Petit Love Capsule & Signature collections. Additionally, from May 2019, Petit Love favourites are available at Olney Fashions in the Cape Quarter Lifestyle Centre in Green Point. Olney Fashions have a Petit Love Concept Box, where parents can shop for essentials or collect online orders (for those customers who prefer to pick up in person). During the course of the next few months, other Petit Love pop-ups and collaborations are set to appear nationwide – so be sure to keep an eye on @petitlovestore on Facebook andInstagram.

       

      Practical Parenting

       

      The baby and children’s industry is unique, not only because collections are made for the world’s most precious human beings, but also because parents seek simplicity at every turn.

       

      Busy moms who are bustling to their next appointment, or dads on a mission to grab essentials, no longer have to worry about piling little ones into the car to go shopping.

       

      Another added benefit of e-commerce, especially in Cape Town, is that customers don’t have to stress about finding parking, which often also costs a small fortune.

       

      Digital Shopping

       

      In a world where we’re all addicted to a social media platform on some level, e-commerce makes the ‘click-click-as-soon-as-you-love-love’ concept all together easier. From Facebook to your online basket, then straight to your door, digital shopping means that shopping becomes as easy as ‘one, two, three’.

      We collaborate with various brands and influencers on social media and take great pride in creating authentic photography. Through visual and written storytelling elements, we bring the Petit Love lifestyle to life to allow parents to engage with the luxury, cuteness and practicality of our items. We try to do this in a way that’s beyond a simple ‘touch-and-feel’ in-store experience.

       

       

      Faith, Trust, Pixie Dust & E-Commerce

       

      Over the years we’ve created a platform of positivity for customers and suppliers alike – and our online store is no different, only better. Parents can shop for travel systems, toys, clothing, shoes, bags, accessories and nursery room furniture and décor all in one spot. We’re proud suppliers of beloved brands such as Doona, Ruby Melon, JellycatMaxiCosi, Quinny and Mamakids, in addition to our own ethically-sourced and locally-made ranges for little girls and little boys from newborn to 4 years old.

       

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      To get in touch | online@petitlove.co.za

      Photography by Wilma Kotze Photography.