Updated: Apr 8
This book changed my life as a parent. It took me from an anxious parent to a calm one. The book helped me to improve my relationship with my kids. Nowadays I am more respectful to them, listen to what they have to say, communicate with them more frequently and cheer them whenever they are making progress in life. The main advice given by the book is that you should treat your child, in the same way, you as an adult like to be treated with love, respect, and empathy. I highly recommend it to any parent practicing the so-called "modern" parenting technique.
How To Talk So Kids Will Listen includes seven chapters:
Helping Children Deal with Their Feelings
Alternatives to Punishment
Freeing Children from Playing Roles
Putting It All Together
This book is great because it is not a theoretical one but a practical one. Each chapter includes examples that we as parents can relate to and exercises to do to prepare us for different scenarios. One example, the author asks the question of what a parent should do and what our reaction should be if he/she found our kid writing on the wall. Instead of shouting and threatening, as parents, we should consider this a learning opportunity. The author recommends that we engage in cooperation with the kid and try to give him information like “walls are not for writing, paper is for writing.”
In nutshell, no wonder that this book is highly recommended by so many parents; the advice it shares is effective and helps us as parents to raise a well-behaved, emotionally mature child who is curious about the world.
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