Physical touch can help a child with a difficult situation from “The 5 Love Languages of Children The Secret to Loving Children Effectively,” By: Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell, from Northfield Publishing Chicago. This is an excerpt from the book.
Samantha is a fifth-grader whose family recently
moved to a new community. “It’s been hard this
year, moving and having to make new friends.
Back at my old school and town, I knew everybody
and they knew me.” When we asked if she ever
felt as if her parents didn’t love her because they
took her away from her old school and town,
Samantha said, “Oh no, I never felt they did this
on purpose. I know they love me, because they
always give me lots of extra hugs and kisses.
I wish we hadn’t had to move, but I know
Daddy’s job is important.”
This is a good example how a child was able to handle something that was very hard for her. She was able to make the change because her parents gave her extra love and touches. The hugs and kisses went a long way to help Samantha acclimate to her new surroundings. I would imagine they talked a lot with her as well and helped her to meet the new neighbors and school friends.
If we teach our children about the unconditional love of God, this will help them to know that he’s always there for them, just like we are. Show them with your prayers that they can take anything to God in prayer. Teach them to:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and strength. 
Some children need the hugs and kisses, while others may need different ways of touching. There are parents that aren’t the hugs and kisses type of people. Throwing kids up in the air or spinning them is a way to touch and show your love to the kids. In this way playing can be a way of showing their love.
There is a dad in the book that had to learn how to show his affection to his four-year-old daughter. He wasn’t a touchy feeling person. Learning how to give a gentle touch along with a hug and kiss they grew closer. She also will have a better relationship with men when she grows up, because she learned the gift of affection from her dad.
Physical touch can be as easy as a pat on the arm or back as they walk by. If your child is upset you can hold their hand and give it a little squeeze. That will convey more than words can say.
Jesus said: “Let the children come to me!
He wanted to touch them to show how much he loved them.
When we get together with our grandchildren they pretend they don’t want to be hugged and kissed and run away. I chase after them and they always back themselves into a corner. We make a game out of it, but I know they still want my love and attention.
Share with us the ways you show your love to the children around you.
 The Holy Bible: The Contemporary English Version. (1995). (Dt 6:5). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
 The Holy Bible: The Contemporary English Version. (1995). (Mk 10:14). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.