Monday, February 24, 2014

5 Love Languages of Children

Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 1st 1997 by Northfield Publishing (first published May 28th 1995)
ISBN:1881273652 (ISBN13: 9781881273653)
Edition language:English 
Rating: 5 out of 5
Children need to feel loved to best succeed. But if you and your children speak different love languages, your display of love might get lost in translation–affecting your child’s attitude, behavior, and development.

In The 5 Love Languages of Children, Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Ross Campbell M.D. have applied the innovative system of the 5 love languages to children. This easy-to-read resource gives practical suggestions for understanding how your child gives, receives, and interprets love.

Through real life examples, this book will help you discern your child’s love language and learn how to create a secure environment in which he or she can thrive. Discover how to successfully express your respect, affection, and commitment to your child, and notice the improvement in his or her behavior and in your relationship.

~My Impressions~ 
I think it is easy for us as parents to want to define our success with our kids. This book takes the approach that there are 5 love languages our kids speak: physical touch, words of affirmation, quality time, gifts and acts of service.  It walks you through discovering your child's love language or languages and how to use that knowledge to better love them and guide them through life. Untimely with the hope of making them more well rounded, successful and confident all while building your family bonds. The author supplies you with a "love language mystery game" that you can play with your younger children ages 5-8 to help discover their love language in a fun way along with little indications throughout the book of what a child's love language might be based on things he or she says. I played the Mystery Game with my kids twice a week for 3 weeks just to see how consistent the results would be and for the most part they did not change. They altered a point or two, but were pretty consistent with my  7  year old and 14 year old. Yes, I know the game was not designed for her, but she wanted to play along, but we always let my youngest select first or he would automatically select what his sister said. 

I was really impressed with how much work went into this book. The authors give us gift ideas for each love language along , how anger plays out within the different languages and suggestions with discipline.  This book covers married couples, single parenting,and has a list of helpful resources for parents. 

My youngest child was easy to nail down for his love language. If he does not have his mommy alone time his whole day is ruined and he melts down. He is definitely my quality time kid, but he lives for praise and words of affirmation. My teenage daughter was harder to nail down but I finally think I have her with quality time and gifts. Which struck me as odd since she never really wants anything. Overall I think this is a really informative book to help you learn your child better and grow close to them in a way that is impaction int their lives. Now that I know my kids love language, its time to start putting that knowledge to everyday use!

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About the Authors:
Dr. Gary Chapman

As anyone who has attended one of his marriage conferences knows, Dr. Gary Chapman’s expertise in marriage begins with the success and failures he and his wife Karolyn have experienced in their marriage for more than 45 years. He is just the man to turn to for help on improving or healing our most important relationships. His own life experiences, plus over thirty-five years of pastoring and marriage counseling, led him to publish his first book in the Love Language series, The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate. Many of the millions of readers credit this continual New York Times bestseller with saving their marriages by showing them simple and practical ways to communicate love.

Since the success of his first book, Dr. Chapman has expanded his Five Love Languages series with special editions that reach out specifically to singles, men, and parents of teens and young children.
He is the author of numerous other books published by Moody Publishers/Northfield Publishing, including Anger, The Family You’ve Always Wanted, The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted, Desperate Marriages, God Speaks Your Love Language, How to Really Love Your Adult Child, and Hope for the Separated. With Dr. Jennifer Thomas, he co-authored The Five Languages of Apology.

Dr. Chapman speaks to thousands of couples nationwide through his weekend marriage conferences. He hosts a nationally syndicated radio program, A Love Language Minute, and a Saturday morning program, Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, both airing on more than 400 stations. Dr. Chapman and his wife have two grown children and currently live in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he serves as senior associate pastor at Calvary Baptist Church.

Dr. Chapman holds BA and MA degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University, respectively, MRE and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has completed postgraduate work at the University of North Carolina and Duke University.

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