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The Five Love Languages of Teenagers by Gary Chapman (2000-04-04) Hardcover – January 1, 2000
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I wrote in another review about teenage boundaries that my oldest two teenagers just left home this year. One started college last Fall and the other graduated HS this spring and started a full-time job for a year before he goes to college. They have grown into amazing young adults, and every time I see them they seem to be maturing more. Not everything I did was wrong - something was right, and we're STILL communicating, which is incredible and definitely thanks in part to this book! My youngest son, almost 16, is in full-blown teen years and I'm about to read this book again. Plus I now have two teenage stepdaughters and I've seen that there's a chapter here for blended families which is going to be absolutely invaluable.
In short, this is an incredible book and well worth the investment of time and money. Learning to communicate with your teens reaps rewards not only during the younger teenage years, but on through their young adulthood and I'm sure well into the future. In my opinion, it's fairly easy to raise young children, but teenagers are the greatest challenge ever presented to the modern parent given everything we and they face today. This book will help you navigate those years and help you stay in touch with the greatest gift you have been given - your kids!
If I have any critique of the book, it is that it does not take as seriously the issues that face today’s teenagers as it should. The last chapter dips toes into the water of addictions (and really does not specifically touch other very tough parenting issues). I wish Chapman would have addressed some of those very difficult issues. Even with the addiction issues, he did not really provide major help. To be fair, he pointed to other resources (which are helpful, by the way). I just wish he would have addressed these hot button topics in specific ways. Also, there are other major issues that teens are facing that were never even gently hinted to in the book.
All in all, I strongly recommend this book. It is not overly “religious”, and it is not judgmental in any way. I do not think his perspective is antiquated, but is fresh and practical.