Excellent book to understand children's perception of love. A great addition to the 5 love languages books. Keeping my niece's "love tank" full has made her a very happy, well behaved 2 year old. i would recommend this to all parents.
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.