How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
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How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk Audiobook by Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish is a parenting communication book, first published in the year 1980. The book is meant to help parents have better and effective communication with their children.
The book is based on the work of the famous child psychologist Haim Ginnot. In the first chapter, the author says to acknowledge the feelings of the children. This allows the children to talk openly with parents, who in turn can understand their issues in a better manner. He suggests to give them their full attention. Children open up when they know that they are being listened to. It advices parents to deal with their children’s feelings not by criticizing them, rather motivating them to list out their feelings, fears etc.
The next chapter advocates not to order children to do things, and not to accuse, threaten or bribe them instead to depict a problem neutrally. Children should be given relevant information on why the situation is problematic which will allow them to come to the right solution. Reminders should also be kept short and specific. Parents should also look at alternatives to punishment.
Punishment does not serve any purpose and it only triggers negative emotions and feeling in the children. Children should be made autonomous when they are dependent they feel like being helpless and worthless. They should be allowed to identify their own problems and deal with them. The author goes on to state that praising children is important as it makes them feel good about themselves and set higher goals in life.
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk Audiobook by Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish provides the techniques to communicate effectively with the children. It has lots of testimonials and real-life examples of parents which will lead to better understanding by the readers. At the end of each chapter, there is a formula for achieving the things discussed.
The book provides tips for building trust with children and facilitating better communication with them. The book is recommended for parents who want to establish better communication with their children.