Have you read ‘The 5 Love Languages’ by Gary Chapman? He talks about the 5 main ways that people demonstrate their love and how they prefer to receive love. It can be applied to all sorts of relationships including parenting. My favourite is acts of service, so I like to do things for people I care for, hence the cooking. I’m not a great gift giver so those thoughtful people who show affection by giving beautifully wrapped gifts probably think I’m a bit reserved.
As always we need to understand how other people view the world so that we can communicate with them in a way that they understand.