Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Became Parents

Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Became Parents


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Dr. Gary Chapman has helped millions prepare for marriage.
Now he helps you prepare for kids.

Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Became Parents has one goal: prepare you to raise young children.

Dr. Gary Chapman—longtime relationship expert and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages—teams up with Dr. Shannon Warden—professor of counseling, wife, and mother of three—to give young parents a book that is practical, informed, and enjoyable.

Together they share what they wished they had known before having kids. For example: children affect your time, your money, and your marriage—and that's just the beginning. With warmth and humor they offer practical advice on everything from potty training to scheduling, apologizing to your child, and keeping your marriage strong… all the while celebrating the great joy that children bring.

From the Preface: "Our desire is to share our own experiences, as well as what we have learned through the years, as we have counseled hundreds of parents. We encourage you to read this book before the baby comes, and then refer to its chapters again as you experience the joys and challenges of rearing children." — Dr. Gary Chapman

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802414748
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 482,747
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

GARY CHAPMAN--author, speaker, counselor--has a passion for people and for helping them form lasting relationships. He is the #1 bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages series and director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. Gary travels the world presenting seminars, and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations. For more information visit his website at

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Introduction: I Wish I'd Known… 13

Chapter 1 That Having Children Radically Changes Your Schedule 19

Chapter 2 That Children Are Expensive 31

Chapter 3 That No Two Children Are Alike 45

Chapter 4 That Potty Training Is No Laughing Matter 59

Chapter 5 That Children Need Boundaries 71

Chapter 6 That Children's Emotional Health Is as Important as Physical Health 85

Chapter 7 That Children Are Greatly Influenced by Our Model 101

Chapter 8 That Sometimes Parents Need to Apologize 115

Chapter 9 That Social Skills Are as Important as Academic Skills 131

Chapter 10 That Parents Are Responsible for Their Child's Education 147

Chapter 11 That Marriages Do Not Thrive on Autopilot 163

Chapter 12 That Children Can Bring You Great Joy 177

Epilogue 191

Notes 195

Acknowledgments 197

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