Thursday, August 2, 2012

Book Reviews: The 5 Love Languages of Children and A Perfect Pet for Peyton

About The 5 Love Languages of Children:

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.

About A Perfect Pet for Peyton:

This wonderfully imaginative children’s hardcover book by bestselling authors Gary Chapman and Rick Osborne, featuring four-color illustrations (with hidden details!) by Wilson Williams, Jr., will help children learn the importance of love. Based on Gary’s highly successful The 5 Love Languages®, A Perfect Pet for Peyton tells an entertaining and playful story of five children who each, with the help of Mr. Chapman and the unique pets at his special emporium, discover their own personal love language. Children and parents alike will experience firsthand the power of the love languages as they cuddle up and spend precious time together reading this book over and over again.

This was a review I loved doing!  If you have been in any kind of small group or Bible Study group, or if you've been in pre-marital or relationship counseling, you have no doubt heard of Gary Chapman's Five Love Languages.  Perhaps you've taken some personality-type tests and figured out what your love language is and what your spouse's love language is.  You've realized why he never buys you anything, and he's realized why it's so important to you that he does.  But have you thought of applying these same concepts to your relationship with your children?  How many children (or adults reflecting on their childhood) have lamented, "I know my parents loved me, but. . . ."

How can you show your love for your children in a way that makes them really feel loved?  Why do some children feel that their parents do not love or approve of them, while their siblings in the exact same family and living circumstances do not have that problem?

In The 5 Love Languages of Children, Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell take these concepts that have become household terms in recent years, and apply them to children.  They give practical advice on how to determine what your child's love language is and how to apply that to discipline and learning situations.  They give practical advice on how to use this knowledge if you are struggling as a single parent.  In short, they offer help for parents trying to communicate with their children.  And heaven knows most of us need all the help we can get!

A Perfect Pet for Peyton is even more fun.  I read it to my little ones but found the older ones looking over my shoulder as I read.  Gary Chapman and Rick Osborne have found a perfect way to explain the love languages so that children can understand them.  While we were learning about love languages, we were also enthralled with all the different animals in the pictures, and intent on finding the hidden pictures on every page.  The illustrations are gorgeous.  This book held my littlest one's attention, and then he wanted to read it again.  In fact, I had considered using this book as a birthday gift for friends after we reviewed it, but I ended up deciding to keep it for my own children because they loved it so much.  The only problem is, now they are dying to go to Mr. Chapman's Pet Emporium and come home with their own baboon or lizard.  Who wants a plain old puppy anymore?!

I highly recommend The 5 Love Languages of Children and A Perfect Pet for Peyton.  Spend some time cuddling with your little ones and learning a little bit more about communication together!

                A Perfect Pet for Peyton:
                    *Free interactive app with in-book experience COMING SOON to the Apple App Store.
The 5 Love Languages:

Happy Reading!

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