Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman (& a giveaway)

The other week, I shared a bit of my back-story when it comes to The 5 Love Languages book by Gary Chapman.  In that post, I shared about a special new Love Languages book – just for kids – called A Perfect Pet for Peyton (and I even gave away a copy of that book to one of my wonderful readers). 
Now, I’m back with another book review and giveaway – this time for The 5 Love Languages of Children . . .
5LLChildren-lgTo be their best, children need to feel loved. But if you and your child speak different love languages, your affection might get lost in translation, affecting the child’s attitude, behavior, and development. Dr. Gary Chapman’s groundbreaking Five Love Languages series has helped millions of couples communicate love more clearly, and Dr. Ross Campbell M.D. has applied the innovative system to children as well. The 5 Love Languages of Children gives practical suggestions for learning how your children interpret love and creating a sense of security in which they can thrive. Now with over 1,000,000 copies sold!
While I still haven’t read through the entire thing, I’ve read enough to know that I was right with Ian’s love language – which is most definitely physical touch.  Gracie’s, though, I’m still working on.  She’s a “hard nut to crack” and has said as much.  When I first received the book, she knew right away that I’d have a hard time figuring her out.  I thought there was a chance that her love language was gifts, or possibly words of affirmation.  She said “Mom, I don’t show my emotions very well, do I?  It’s going to be hard to figure me out!” 

After reading through the chapters and still not being 100% convinced, I had her take the quiz in the back of the book.  Wouldn’t you know, she tied with 5 points each for gifts and words of affirmation, with 4 points each for acts of service and quality time.  What?!  Physical touch was way at the bottom (which I knew). 
While the verdict is still out on Gracie, I can tell you this --- once you know your child’s primary love language, it will definitely help you to better interact with (and, as a result) show love for your child.  And he/she will notice and respond in kind. 

And guess what?  If you don’t already know this, there’s the original book – The 5 Love Languages – that does the same thing for your relationship with your spouse.  It’s pretty neat!

And, if the books aren’t enough, there’s more --- the website contains a study guide to be used in conjunction with The 5 Love Languages of Children and interactive assessments for all the relationships in your life.

I’m really excited to be able to give one copy of this book away on my blog! If it sounds like something that you’d like to win and read, please sign up using the Rafflecopter gadget.  It’s easy – it’ll only take a minute of your time – and you’ll be so blessed if you win!  Trust me!

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NOTE: I received one or the book mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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