Are you equipped to love your teenage effectively? Never before has the task of parenting teenagers been more perplexing. Despite the peer pressure that teenagers face, it is still parents who influence teens the most. And the door to that influence is love. Love is the most functional building block of parent-teen relationships. According to Dr. Chapman, parents must learn to express their love in a language that makes sense to their teenager. Some teens long for tender words, others desire a gentle touch, a thoughtful gift, a kind deed or quality time spent togther. Find out which one of these love languages your child speaks: quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of services, physical touch. Through true stories from the counseling office of Gary Chapman, you will discover how the principles of the five love languages can really work in the lives of your teens and family.
Unabridged. 7 CDs. Read by Chris Fabry.
Who is your teenager listening to? Teenagers today are bombarded by messages from their peers, the Internet, music, movies . . . the list goes on. As parents, you may wonder if your words mean anything at all. If so, take heart: all research indicates that the most significant influence on the life of a teenager comes from his or her parents. Yes—parents! In this updated volume, marriage and family expert Dr. Gary Chapman lays out the tools you need to communicate with your teenager. As Dr. Chapman states, “At the root of much teenage misbehavior is a teen’s empty love tank. I am not suggesting that parents do not love their teenagers; I am suggesting that thousands of teenagers do not feel that love. For most parents, it is not a matter of sincerity but rather lack of information on how to communicate love effectively on an emotional level.” Starting with the world in which your teenager lives, Dr. Chapman walks through the emotional needs of teenagers and how you can best express your love to them. You’ll learn how to identify your teenager’s love language, how to address their unique need for independence and responsibility, how to combat anger and set up boundaries, and how to best parent your teenager if you are a single parent or a blended family.
Gary Chapman is the author of the best-selling 5 Love Languages series and the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. Gary travels the world presenting seminars, and his radio programs air on more than 250 stations.