Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Became Parents

Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Became Parents

by Gary Chapman, Shannon Warden


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802414748
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 420,812
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

DR. SHANNON WARDEN is an assistant teaching professor at Wake Forest University where she teaches in the graduate counseling program. She is also the director of counseling and director of women's ministries at Triad Baptist Church in Kernersville, North Carolina. As a professional counselor, Shannon has counseled children, families, young adults, women, and couples since 1998 and has served as an assistant to Dr. Gary Chapman since 2003. Shannon is married to Stephen Warden and they have three children.

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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yet again, Gary Chapman delivers a solid and practical resource for life. Together with Dr. Shannon Warner, Dr. Chapman prepares couples to become parents by exploring topics and questions he (Chapman) would like to have known before having children. Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Became Parents should be given to every married couple preparing to expand their family through birth or adoption. Chapman and Warner write honestly; they present possible struggles realistically, but they also recognize the immense joy and satisfaction that can come from raising children. The discussion questions included with each chapter are thorough and creative. Some of the discussions and activities prompted by these questions will likely be remembered long after the reader puts down the book. For instance, my husband and I read Chapman’s Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married several years ago and we still reminisce about one of the discussion questions we talked about at that time. Additionally, while culture, including Christian culture, emphasizes preparation for children in the realm of fashionable nurseries, do-it-yourself baby food and baby toys, and gift registries, Chapman and Warner present content for new parents. This reality-check content is often overlooked in the midst of social media, pictures, and dreams. I highly recommend Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Became Parents. Even though I do not have children, I think the questions Chapman highlights encourage honest discussion between husband and wife that would be beneficial for any marriage. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in order to write an honest, unbiased review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.