As a Dating and Relationship coach, one of the recurring themes I assist my coaching clients address is feelings of loss and abandonment, much of which stems from our teen years. Can you relate?
Gary Chapman is the best selling author of the classic relationship communication book which every married and life partnered couple needs to pick up, read, and implement, The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate. He takes the same principles of BOTH how we RECEIVE LOVE and how we EXPRESS LOVE into the hammer packed busy scheduled hormonally stimulated world of teenagers. The social pressures on teens keeps mounting annually. Kids' schedules are robbed of family time and real heart-felt loving communication and relationship time as they race from school commitments to dozens of extra-curricular commitments, all the time, texting and instant messengering each other... and their hearts are still starved.
Many adults as they read this, feel heart pangs of loss over the communication of love they didn't receive when they were young. Not only does this book serve to help them identify that, it then provides adults and teens with the heart felt loving communication skills to do better going forward in family love relationships.
Chapman takes the principles of Love Languages and provides insights and practical life examples (there is also a LL's workbook)Five Love Languages, Small Group Study Edition that parents and other family members can use to connect with their teens, to build lasting loving relationships with them, AND to equip their teens with the soft social skills which they will need for relationships both romantic and work relationships to succeed in their lives.
This is a must for your family library.
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