I mentioned how excited I was to read this book because of the difference the "adult" version of the book had made in my marriage.
The 5 Love Languages of Children: DID NOT DISAPPOINT! Thank you Gary Chapman & Ross Campbell for such an amazing tool!
In my opinion, EVERY single parent should own this book. Seriously!
Though I've not yet had many opportunities to use the information I learned in this book, I can HARDLY wait to start applying it. I feel like I've found the key to truly connect with each of my children on a completely personal, individual level. It has given me the tools needed to reach into their innermost beings and demonstrate love in the way THEIR heart need it. Isn't that really what our roles as parents should be about, specially as Christian parents. The way we love our children sets the foundation for them learning to accept the unconditional love of Christ!!!
The book gives GREAT tools for discovering what those needs are and practical ways to express it, most especially beneficial if your child's language is different than your own. These tools are PRICELESS! I can already tell you that I will be bringing this book back out time and time again. It most definitely is MORE than just about reading a book for a review for me (though I'm VERY thankful for this opportunity!)
Not only is each language fully explained, but also a "game" is included that helps you determine the primary and secondary love languages of your children (works best for children age 5 and older).
Though I'm confident that I'm going to be able to reach each of my children's hearts a little deeper, I loved some of the first chapters that talked in general about love and our expressions of it the most.
Listen to some of my favorite quotes:
"Only the child who FEELS genuinely loved and cared for can do her best. You may truly love your child, but unless she feels it--unless you speak the love language that communicates to her your love--she will not feel loved."
"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; it can help you to rear your child to responsible adulthood. Love is the foundation."
And, in my opinion, some of the greatest information that touched me the deepest was the explanation of unconditional love.
"Unconditional love shows love to a child NO MATTER WHAT. We love regardless of what the child looks like; regardless of her assets, liabilities, or handicaps; regardless of what we expect her to be; and most difficult of all, regardless of how she acts. This does not mean that we like all of her behavior. It does mean that we give and show love to our child all the time, even when her behavior is poor.......No child can receive too much appropriate unconditional love. A child may be "spoiled" by a lack of training or by inappropriate love that gives or trains incorrectly. True unconditional love will NEVER spoil a child because it is impossible for parents to give too much of it."
I can't wait to get this book into the hands of one of you! I encourage EVERY parent to purchase a copy.
One reader can receive a copy of the book. Just leave a comment telling me ONE thing that you love about your children. I'd love to hear something that makes you smile or warms your heart. Take a minute to just share it! One comment will be chosen by using random.org on April 17th. Be sure to leave an email for me to contact you if you are the winner! I look forwarding to hearing something special about your children!
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