Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Book review and giveaway: The 5 Love Languages of Children

In my daily life as a mom, I often find myself focusing (unfortunately) more on the things the kids are doing wrong and the things that are driving me crazy, rather than the things they do well and the positives.  So it was a really good thing for me when I got the chance to review a book called The 5 Love Languages of Children. Here's a bit about this book, from the 5 Love Languages website:
To 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!
This is an excellent, excellent book. It covers the five love languages in depth, then goes on to discuss how to discover your child's primary love language, the role the love languages play in discipline and learning, and speaking the love languages in single-parent families and in marriage.  The book also contains The Love Language Mystery Game, to help discover your child's primary love language.

I really like the positivity of this book. It's encouraging and motivating and really inspired me to stop and think about how I communicate with the kids and with my husband.  To me, the primary message of this book, and of the love languages in general is to stop, take a minute and think about how to communicate most effectively with another person in a way that they will best hear and respond to. It's a book that makes you stop and consider your own attitude and approaches to others, rather than trying to 'fix' someone's behavior.

The book is full of useful tips and tools and suggests specific approaches for certain age groups, which is very helpful.  The authors do note that it's hard to determine what a child's primary love language is before the age of five, and my kids are both younger than that, but it's never too early to start thinking about these things and paying attention! And, as the authors note, it's never too late either, so no matter what age your kids are, I highly recommend reading this book.

I have good news- one of you will win a copy of this book! Open to everyone, enter at the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book and the opportunity to give another one away. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.


21 comments:

Liz said...

For myself! I would love to read this.

April G said...

I would love to win this for myself. :)

solitary dragon said...

I would like to win this for myself, though I will probably end up sharing it with some friends & family as well.

Laura said...

My fiance and I just finished the original 5 love languages book as part of our pre-marital counseling and I fell in love with the advice that Gary Chapman gives. If I won this, I would love to keep it and read it when we are expecting our own.

Bonnye said...

I have some friends who would LOVE to read it and pass it on!

gustosa giveaways said...

i'd like to win for myself

Kathleen said...

I'd love this for myself. With 4 kids, one of which has some behavior issues I'm trying to learn to deal with, and a fifth on the way, this sounds like a great read for me!

Mrs.Smitty said...

I'd love to get this book for myself, just to keep me on the right track and make sure I'm fulfilling my kids' needs!

ruthhill74 said...

I would like to win this book for me to help me with my daughter!

laura20v said...

i would like to win this for myself to help with my 4 children!! laura20v@hotmail.com

Natalie A. said...

For myself, so I can read this book! Thanks!

moushka said...

I would enjoy it myself!

The Zoo said...

I'd like it for my library. When I'm done, I'll donate it to our local (small) town library for everyone to enjoy.

journeysofthezoo@hotmail.com, http://journeysofthezoo.blogspot.ca

Mommyof3 said...

I need this bc Im a single mom of 3 children and I think I could learn alot from this book. With 2 boys 5 and 2 and now my lil girl 15 months Im always searching for parenting advice...its so hard raising 3 children by myself! I pray for relief!!
Thank you for the chance to read this.

Unknown said...

I would like this book for my daughter who is a new mother. This will give her an insight on how to love her baby girl and what her daughter will need from her.

Pamela
Still Dating My Spouse
www.stilldatingmyspouse.com

bitt said...

for my cousin having a baby

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Wendy Rozema said...

I would love to win this for myself!

Kathleen Conner said...

I'd like to win this my myself.
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Amanda said...

i would love to win this book for myself and then to pass on.

Becca Acker said...

Either my sister or myself :)

Laurie said...

I would love to read this