Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman (1997-05-04) Hardcover – January 1, 1997
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- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1568653824
- ISBN-13 : 978-1568653822
- Publisher : Northfield; First Edition (January 1, 1997)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01FKRS3ZQ
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It has been at least ten years since I read The Five Love Languages; however, I didn't find The Five Love Languages of Children to be too terribly different. The love languages (Words of Affirmation, Physical Touch, Quality Time, Acts of Service, and Gifts) are the same. From what I could tell, the examples surrounded the love languages were obviously geared toward parents and children. Also, there were sections devoted to parenting philosophy and the nature of children whereas the original book focused more on the spouse and romantic love relationships. But overall, I feel like you could probably get away with reading one of these books and applying the concepts to both sets of relationships (or any relationship really).
That being said, I still really enjoyed The Five Love Languages of Children and I read it quite quickly given the amount of time I have to read these days. Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell had plenty of good and wise things to say about raising children and I highlighted up a storm.
Here are some of my favorite quotes:
-Speaking your child's primary love language does not mean he or she will not rebel later. It does mean your child will know you love him, and that can bring him security and hope...
-Unconditional love is a full love that accepts and affirms a child for who he is, not for what he does.
-Your children will sense how you feel about them by how you behave toward them.
-Affection and love mean expressing appreciation for the very being of a child, for those characteristics and abilities that are part of the total package of the person. In contrast, we express praise for what the child does, either in achievements or behavior or conscious attitudes.
-...much childhood misbehavior is an attempt to get more time with Mom or Dad.
-Don't let your demonstration of love to a child be controlled by whether the child is pleasing you at the moment.
-Your children need to see in you the traits you want them to develop.
-Discipline comes from a Greek word that means "to train." Discipline involves the long and vigilant task of guiding a child from infancy to adulthood. The goal is that the child would reach a level of maturity that will allow him one day to function as a responsible adult in society.
-Love looks out for the interest of another; so does discipline.
-Practice unconditional love; then discipline.
-Raising children always requires more time than you expected.
Personally, I really enjoyed the section dedicated to discipline. The authors address that discipline and punishment aren't synonymous. While I without a doubt knew that both of my parents loved me I definitely grew up in a household where punishment was the main form of discipline. It wasn't always about training me in the direction that I needed to go so much as punishing me for the not going the direction I should. Or it felt that way at the time. Anyway, I won't go into all of that here, but I enjoyed the authors spending time on this subject and really enforcing that a child should be loved and feel loved unconditionally no matter how unappealing their behavior might be.
The Five Love Languages of Children gets 4 Stars from me. It's an information packed book with easy concepts to implement into your daily life in hopes that your children will feel more loved. I do think that this is a book that you might continually need to come back to and re-read for a refresher every once and a while. Have you read The Five Love Languages of Children? What did you think? Let me know!
The 5 Love Languages of Children is written by Gary Chapman, author of The 5 Love Languages, and Ross Campbell, a psychiatrist who specialized in the parent-child relationship. If you've read The 5 Love Languages, you will recognize the same elements discussed in that book but this time, they apply to children, which is where Ross Campbell's expertise comes in to play. Since children are ever-changing and differ developmentally than adults, the concepts presented in this book are a great way to get to know your child better and hopefully have a more peaceful, loving household with children who grow up to be loving adults.
This book is comprised of 223 pages and there is a chapter devoted solely to each love language. Then, there are chapters that discuss discipline and learning, along with the love languages. There is also a chapter to help you find your child's love language, although this can be difficult because children are constantly changing so it's definitely a great idea to learn how to speak all five to them!
I'm so glad I read this and I wish I had read it sooner. My kids are still young and I think what I've just read can really help as they get older. I've been thinking about what their love languages could be and it's actually a bit difficult to pinpoint but now I've got the tools to help figure it out! If you are a parent, I strongly recommend reading this book. I'm glad I bought it so I can refer to it in the future. Even if you've read The 5 Love Languages, you'll want to read this one as well since there are differences between children and adults and the way they think. It's worth the time to read this book!
Top reviews from other countries
I found myself analysing what my love language and the language of my husband is and will definitely be buying the adult version to read next!
I highly recommed this book to anyone who struggled with a difficult child, it will change your world!
Recommend to all parents, couples, and teachers!