{Book Review:} The Five Love Languages of Children

{Book Review:} The Five Love Languages of Children

Many of you may be familiar with New York Times bestselling author Gary Chapman’s popular marriage book The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts. Having read and enjoyed that book, I was curious to see how the love languages concept applied to children. I’d put The Five Love Languages of Children on my Amazon wish list a while ago, and when I saw it offered to bloggers for review, I ordered my print copy {I’m old-fashioned like that} right away.

“You know you love your child. But how can you show it so they really feel loved?” asks the book cover.

5 love languages pull

We’re a busy household with three kids — ages 3, 8, and 10 — as well as stay-at-home-mom me, and dad, who travels all too frequently {he’s been gone two ENTIRE WEEKS out of the past five, though that’s extreme}. I write/blog, run a small Etsy shop, sell essential oils, and, of course, cook, clean, run errands, and wrangle kids. I like to decorate and bake and dive into everything seasonal. I cook from scratch often. I host a local foods dropoff-pickup on my front porch. I recently began leading a weekly women’s Bible study in my home.

Long story short, I like to keep active and get my hands into lots of different things — but this translates into far too many “not nows” and “Mommy’s busy.” I’ve been suspecting for a long time that I care for my kids’ physical needs, but don’t always do as good at filling their emotional “love tanks,” as Drs. Chapman and Campbell would say.

Enter “The Five Love Languages of Children.” I found the book imminently readable and packed with real-life examples and stories. I enjoyed reading chapters on each of the five love languages and found each of these chapters’ ending sections with specific ideas on how to “speak” that love language to your child very helpful.

5 love lang questions

I have to admit I jumped pretty early to the “Love Language Mystery Game” in the back of the book and had my daughters select their answers from a list of questions designed to uncover their love languages. {My son, obviously, is still too young, so I have to observe over time to discover his love language.} But, as I read the chapter “How to Discover Your Child’s Love Language,” I realized I need to practice careful observation, as well as referring to their “test” scores, to really discover how to speak my children’s individual love languages fluently.

The book also delves into issues such as:

  • Discipline and the Love Languages
  • Learning and the Love Languages
  • Anger and Love
  • Love Languages in Single-Parent Families
  • Love Languages in Marriage

I enjoyed this book, and found it a welcome reminder of Paul’s wise words in Corinthians that “the greatest of these is love.”

So, what’s the bottom line?

Would I buy a copy of this book? Yes.
Would I check it out from the library? Yes. 
Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes from Moody Publishers. This post also contains affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, I will receive a small percentage, which helps keep this site up and running… so, thank you!

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