Two Christian parenting educators describe five ways we can connect with our children: physical touch, quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, and acts of service. These initiatives, when geared to the preferences of each child, make them feel loved and, thus, more receptive to guidance and redirection when needed. The authors are inspiring writers whose examples and quotes from children and parents are instructive. Gary Chapman's uplifting reading makes the effort that some of these approaches will require seem natural and right. This is a program that helps listeners make their children central in their lives and that provides them with specific tools to stay connected.More
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A Real Eye Opener!!
Even if I chose not to implement any of Dr. Chapman's guidelines or suggestions (which is ludicrous! :) I really did learn alot), I think the book is well worth the time/effort/money even if just be reminded about the different ways to love our children-- and the benefit our love can have on their self esteem. I find myself everyday consciously trying to use a couple different "Love Languages" on my 4 and 2 yr old daughters to make sure they know that they are loved. One thing that I didn't care for is Dr. Chapman's speaking voice. It is fine and tolerable-- but started to wear on my nerves after a bit to the point that I would have to stop listening because I found myself drifting on rants about his annoying inflections and the odd rises and falls in his sentences. But, if you are looking for information over entertainment and can handle his voice then this is the book for you. And who knows, I might be completely off base on the voice-- but seriously-- the sing-songy flow drove me CRAZY!! Regardless, I think its worth any parent attempting to listen :)
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