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No one ever said being a parent was easy. While talking to your kids isn't hard, talking smart takes some ...
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No one ever said being a parent was easy. While talking to your kids isn't hard, talking smart takes some forethought and a little practice. Experts agree that the goal is to talk so that your relationship with your kids is enhanced, discipline is effective, and your children will want to talk to you -- not avoid you -- if they have a problem.
Easier said than done, you say? The latest in the popular How to Say It series, How to Say It to Your Kids: The Right Words to Solve Problems, Soothe Feelings & Teach Values offers wise comments and effective comebacks to help today's busy and beleaguered parents answer questions, encourage dialogue, explore feelings, and teach values -- with ease and confidence.
Dr. Paul Coleman, a family therapist and father, reveals the six fundamental approaches to talking with children. Forming the mnemonic TENDER -- Teach, Empathize, Negotiate, Do's & Don'ts, Encourage, and Report -- these six basic strategies for communicating effectively cover every conceivable issue of concern.
Each chapter consists of practical, how-to advice based on 100 scenarios arranged alphabetically. Topics include:
How to Say It to Your Kids is the reference manual parents will want to turn to again and again as their children age and new problems and tougher questions emerge. Loaded with ready-to-use information, a puzzled or frustrated parent can come away with a new idea or strategy that can be instantly applied.