What Everybody Ought to Know About Family Love

by Claire Minnaar

The world has changed dramatically from when I was a kid, which isn’t so long ago (I hope!); and women are working more, running their own businesses, both parents are working full time jobs, financial strain is higher with the cost of living becoming higher and relationships are put under so much more strain with all the demands we are faced with on a daily basis.

A few weekends ago, we had an afternoon out at a friend’s place where my friend, Sally, mentioned a book called “The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts”, which had me rather intrigued! I’m a total book fanatic! When my hubby heard me talking about this book on the way home, he just rolled his eyes and said “I see another Kalahari delivery coming to our door!!” That evening, I went and checked out the book on Kalahari and Amazon to see whether there were any reviews. The reviews for the book are amazing!

The book is done by a guy called Gary Chapman, who claims to have identified “5 love languages” that you can identify in your partner and / or children. By identifying which language(s) match their personality, you will be able to communicate with them more effectively.

The 5 Love Languages consist of:

  • Words of Affirmation
  • Quality Time
  • Receiving Gifts
  • Acts of Service
  • Physical Touch

Book Synopsis

Falling in love is easy. Maintaining healthy relationships is a daily, lifelong pursuit. But it doesn’t have to be that hard. Once you know your “love language,” you’ll understand why some attempts at romance work while others fall flat. Dr. Gary Chapman’s perennial New York Times bestseller, The 5 Love Languages™, is full of “Aha!” moments that make expressing love easier and more desirable. You’ll find yourself more motivated and more confident that you can succeed in having the relationships you’ve always wanted. More than five million copies sold!

My Thoughts

This book is a great read and a good investment for both your partner and your kids.
Moms with children can also check out the other books Gary has written including “The Five Love Languages of Children”, “The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers” and “The Five Love Languages of Your Family”.

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Justine January 24, 2011 - 9:21 am

I did a Positive parenting, nurturing self-esteem, course with Robin Booth of Synergy School in Noordehoek last year.
He taught us quite a bit on the languages of love and gave us questionaires… it was so insightful – not only for myself and my partner’s relationship, also our relationships with our children.
He said it’s one thing for us to express love our way to our children and partners and another thing to express it in a way that they will understand as love. We do all have various understandings of love….

Main Mamma January 24, 2011 - 9:26 am

It’s such an awesome concept – so great to hear that people are talking more about it – especially to our kids! 🙂

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