Having children in your life whether through birth, adoption, foster care, kinship can be rewarding yet challenging; peaceful yet chaotic; fun yet work AND never boring! Each child brings his or her own personality and character to the family. Because of this diversity there is not one set template of parenting that works for every child in your home!
A tool that is very helpful in knowing what approach to parenting and interacting with the child or children you care for are the books, The 5 Love Languages of Children and The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers written by Gary Chapman. They provide insight on understanding children and teens and what type of expressions of love the child responds best to. These love languages include:
- Words of Affirmation
- Physical Touch
- Quality Time
- Acts of Service
The information provided on determining your child’s love language, tools and techniques makes sense and is interesting. It makes parenting your child with love easy in today’s complicated world! I would recommend these books to anyone who cares for a child or children. Enjoy and learn!
Dede Mogck, Director of Adoption and Foster Care