• The 5 Love Languages of Children

  • The Secret to Loving Children Effectively
  • By: Gary Chapman, Ross Campbell
  • Narrated by: Chris Fabry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (3,169 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

You love your child, but does your child feel loved?

Every child has a unique way of feeling loved. When you discover your child's love language - and how to speak it - you can build a solid foundation for your child to trust you and flourish as he or she grows.

In this audiobook for parents, teachers, single parents, and more, Drs. Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell offer practical advice for how to:

  • Discover and speak your child's love language - in dozens of ways!
  • Use the love languages to help your child learn best
  • Discipline and correct more lovingly and effectively

©2016 Moody Publishers (P)2016 Oasis Audio

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"good content beware, heavy on religion "

i think the content of the book is good... my issue is I didn't realize I was buying a book about religion. far too many times the book implies to be a good parent you need to be a follower if the Christian religion, for your children to be happy, they have to believe in Jesus. The book also implies parents must stay together for happy children, that the only reasons for a single parent household is divorce or death, that there are only traditional families. The only religion mentioned by name in the book is the Christian religion. the book would have been more effective for me at least without the heavy religious tone getting in the way, or at least having know. about it at the time of purchase.

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So valuable

I am starting much later than I should with learning these lessons.
My daughter is 24 and pregnant with her second child. She has been through a painful past of divorce and her own marriage is rocky.
My stepson is 16 and very willful and uncommunicative
I plan to use the principles in this book to help with our relationships
I want to be the loving parent and grandparent that they need
Thank you so much for making this book available on audio

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Some good ideas, but christian propaganda ruins it

This is a decent book, with some genuinely good thoughts on love and parenting, however some parts of the books are trying too hard to tie in christianity.
It makes the book feel cheap, and it actually lessens the value of some of the book, since it should be about family, and family is always important, no matter what you believe in, if anything at all.

This is perhaps a marketing ploy to sell more in the US, but for me as a European it just seems uneducated and cheap.

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Useful and Hopeful

While I knew this was coming from a Christian background I was still shaken by the harsh and depressing outlook on single parents. As well as the absence of a two parent one gender family. But put that aside and the content is still useful and really tries to give parents of children at any age hope that they can still improve their relationships

Basic premise is really useful and lots of the examples help paint a broad picture of how to make these ideas your own. While I don't agree with it all I definitely changed my behavior immediately as a parent. The guidance was grounding as a mother of two young children- my relationship with my oldest- a 3yr old, has already improved. Im putting it on my husband's list of books to read.

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Excellent for all ages from young parents to grandparents!

Whether you work in the education system, church, or a parent this book is excellent to understanding and meeting the love language of children of all ages.
This book was helpful for me as a parent to look back at what may need addressed in my younger years as a parent to my 3 adult children now age 34 to 45. It is never too late to open up communication and gain understanding and wisdom over misunderstandings and offenses in life.
As a grandparent it helps me with supporting my grown children and being loving and nurturing to my 4 grandchildren. I highly recommend this book!

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Stereotypical and at times insulting

I don't care for the way this author presents the ideas, although they have value. For one, he over-states the 'risks' when parents aren't able to perfectly and continuously offer their child their preferred love language.
For one, this parent-shaming approach leads to unnecessary guilt as we are encouraged to try to be perfect parents.
Secondly, the examples of all the things that might not go perfectly in individuals' life path are better attributed to other factors such as neurobiology, life experiences such as traumas and loss, and external social milieu. Not that someone's otherwise present, loving, supportive parents did not hug them enough.
I also tired quickly of the author's examples of narrow, sterotyed gender roles of children and adults: " dad wrestles, mom caresses " ...."mom is at home, dad is at work" .... give me a break. This is not aimed at modern parents.
My final qualm is the cloying, patronizing effect of the narrator's reading style. It sounded like a long infomercial.

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Everything I was hoping for and then some!

Easy to listen to. Real anecdotes and doable suggestions that WORK. Also chapters for single parents, divorced, and married advice. If you are hesitating-stop and just get this book. I have shared it with the parents of struggling kids/teens...and without fail those who actually implement these principles consistently are ASTOUNDED by the results. I love to give this as a gift to new parents too.

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good book but...

the only issue for me was one it's already a short book and it repeats a lot of what was said in the "5 love languages" book.

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  • JF
  • 04-27-18

Some gems, too much god/religion

There are definitely some gems of advice in this book but the author seems to think that Christian values are the core of successful relationships. He also seems to think either a family is intact or one parent has abandoned the family altogether; seemingly ignoring a separated family where both parents are still active. Those were some annoying details for me but otherwise some good perspective.

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Find their way to love

3 children, all of them love and need to be loved differently. Gary's book helped me find my wife's language and really brings it to life as my kids grow and start to develop the way they need to be loved. This book is a must to help parents for the future or to help fix what we've done in the past. Great read/listen!

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  • Mark
  • 11-14-19

Give this one a solid skip

Most of what is said here is common sense. However, the author does this in so many words, written from their experience as a church-based marriage councillor with none of it grounded on any form of unbiased evidence. Oh, and apparently spanking your kids is okay, too (don't mind the law or your children's right to a non-violent upbringing). Pseudo-scientific, popular self-help trash. I've returned this to Audible.

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  • Sinead Ailill
  • 07-17-19

fantastic book

From the moment I figured out my children's love languages and started speaking to them through their primary language I saw a difference in their behaviour. this book is life changing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-11-21

I have never given a 1 star review but...

I feel there is some good content in here but it is essentially guilt lined. If you are not Christian, not a married parent, don't have any desire to have time for yourself, or career and don't have unlimited time for your child then you may as well give up now because your child will get depression, will fail at school and will need therapy. I'd recommend 'the book you wish your parents had read' instead, it gives a much more approachable view to parenting, guilt free.

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  • Henna
  • 08-06-18

A good guide for parents and carers

This book provides helpful tools for parents and carers to use the concept of love languages in raising children. I have used some ideas with my daughter and feel they work. The Christian ethics in the book seem to have a more conventional connotation, which might feel slightly abrasive to some readers, but I feel that the concept makes sense and I will continue to use the techniques presented. I feel the book could have been more concise, but on the other hand I would have liked more practical examples. I think the book could have been more of a handbook where you can dip in when you need guidance, but the audiobook structure with no titles to the chapters doesn't really lend itself to such use. All in all I still feel that listening to the book was worth it, even if it took me quite some time to plough through.

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  • terri
  • 06-07-18

Great eye opening book

I started reading this book to learn more about children and emotions it’s been perfect and I’ve learnt so much about my parenting skills and how to improve them!

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  • SqualeS E
  • 06-11-22

Very informative

Really enjoyed listening to this audio. I have read the 5 love language for spouses which was also a very good reading. Thank you Gary for this book😊

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  • junior owusu
  • 05-11-22

family essentials

key for everyone who has children. understanding people, especially our kids ate key in unlocking their potential

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  • Agnes
  • 04-18-22

Informative book I learned a lot

I already read the 5 love languages, and this is a great addition to that. Also could be a good introduction to the love languages concept if this is the first one you read.

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  • Roxitini
  • 04-04-22

definitely worth a listen

I found this very insightful and beyond helpful. looking forward to seeing the changes

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  • Nana Ama
  • 03-02-22

Awesome- Great tool for parenting and relationshis

Awesome- Great tool for parenting and relationshis. Will recommend it to all parents. we'll narrated too

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-17

God bothering and bible bashing.

All the Christian god bothering and bible bashing in this book makes it very difficult to listen to and undermines the primary message. Teaching children religion is child abuse.

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  • Ali
  • 08-05-17

Instant results in our home

Started implementing the strategies in the book this afternoon. Sent the children to bed half an hour ago and have not heard any of them going to a sibling to fill an emotional need like they usually would.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-25-16

very interesting

never too late to learn the language of love. an insight into our childrens world of love. made me reflect on my own parenting style.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-18-21

Repetitive and patronizing, very bible-bashy

The general theory behind the book is good -- but the irritating American narrator, combined with the constant references to Christianity and the bible (author seems to assume EVERYONE is religious?) is exhausting and boring.

The principles behind the love languages is great, but I feel they've tried to squeeze a (very) long book out of something that could have been explained in 2 hours or less. Couldn't bear to listen through to the end.

I'd recommend you just read about lover languages online or watch a docco on youtube -- this is too lengthy and irritating.

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  • Edward
  • 06-29-19

pretty good. bit churchy. could be distilled

The main points are good (about the love languages). but then the authors starts on about parenting more generally and then brings good into it. not my cup of tea. would have been better if he kept to his love languages s bit more I think

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  • Gee E.
  • 02-10-21

it makes sense!

I love the 5 language and it does make sense to me. I would have given 5 stars but I didn't like the mention of punishment and manipulation of children how ever gentle it is, I'm just not a believer of such and such.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-16-20

great read

got so much information with how to help my children, now i am ready to put it all in action. if your needing help with how to understand your children this is worth a read.

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  • Bronwyn White
  • 02-18-20

Great book. Awful voice.

An excellent book, full of great real life examples and tips. The voice, reading the book is drawling and robotic, only bearable because the content was so good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-16-22

so so good!!!! a must read or listen for all.

Definitely hitting play again to listen a second time with my husband. Such great wisdom and value in this book. thank you!

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  • Duc Nguyen
  • 06-21-22

A must for all parents, or caregivers

I wish all caregivers have a chance to listen to this beautiful book. If they practice what states in this book, the world will become a much better places, and many of our society's problems will be solved.

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