In The 5 Love Languages of Children, Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Ross Campbell apply Chapman's popular concept of the five love languages to the parent-child relationship. Each of the five love languages is explained and examples are given of how to use (and how not to use) a child's love language. Parents are encouraged to love their children unconditionally, which is sometimes not as easy as one would assume it to be, and to successfully express that love to a child.
I found The 5 Love Languages of Children to be insightful and challenging. The explanations of each language were informative, but the real life examples were what I found to be most helpful. There is a full chapter as well as a love language game at the end dedicated to help parents correctly identify how a child gives and receives love. At times, the book was a bit overwhelming to me as it felt like I have to do everything perfectly or I'm going to really mess my child up. I know that was not the authors' intention and maybe not everyone will get that feeling, but that's how it was for me.
The 5 Love Languages of Children is geared for children above age five. My child is only two which is a bit young for her love language to be obvious. The authors say five is usually the minimum age before a child's love language can be determined as it's prone to fluctuate in the early years. Therefore, a lot of the information was good, but not completely relevant to me. The main points I was able to take away from the book were: unconditional love is the desire of a child's heart, whether or not a child's love needs are fulfilled will affect them positively or negatively, and it's important to practice all five love languages at this point. I plan to keep The 5 Love Languages of Children and will probably revisit it in a few years.
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I really like this book im not completely done it but so far it is really great I only have small children and I don't know their love languages yet but this way I can practise and make it a habit until I know what they need more of.
I have read The 5 Love Languages (original- for Couples) & now The 5 Love Languages for kids and highly recommend them both! They are a must read for everyone. You may apply these principles to every relationship. They make great gifts too. These are life changing books, no doubt.
I am a teacher and picked up this book on a whim. I am so glad I did. I see so many children struggling, and reading Chapman's theory about their love languages makes a lot of sense. I found that as I was reading through the book I was thinking about the children I know or have in my care and planning to be more intentional about showing love and finding ways to really make them feel loved. Very encouraging, and I love the practical lists at each chapter for things you can do to speak to the child's primary love language.
I love that this book gives examples of how to demonstrate each of the Love Languages to your children, & also reminds us that kids are human, complete with individual emotions, needs, wants, & unique personalities. It really helps take Parenting to a different level, & in addition to mine, I gave a copy to a friend & put one in the Office at our church. As a mother of 2, I highly recommend his book to every parent, grandparent, Sunday School teacher, Children's Church worker, Nusery staff... Anyone who has anything to do with children. If you want to better understand, love, & teach your children, you can't go wrong by reading what these trusted authors have to say. Plus, as usual, the price is great:-)