Talking Pictures: A Parent's Guide to Using Movies to Discuss Ethics, Values and Everyday Problems with Children

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Perfect for stimulating open discussion between parent and child, this warm and insightful guide uses movies as a vehicle for discussing sensitive issues with children aged 5 through 15. Combining the insight of a family therapist with the savvy of an expert in American film, Talking Pictures helps address difficult questions about divorce, marriage, family, love, gender identity, social ethics, separation and loss, friendship, death, illness, substance abuse, and more. Divided into four age ranges to ensure that...
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Overview

Perfect for stimulating open discussion between parent and child, this warm and insightful guide uses movies as a vehicle for discussing sensitive issues with children aged 5 through 15. Combining the insight of a family therapist with the savvy of an expert in American film, Talking Pictures helps address difficult questions about divorce, marriage, family, love, gender identity, social ethics, separation and loss, friendship, death, illness, substance abuse, and more. Divided into four age ranges to ensure that films and topics are age-appropriate, the book offers pointers for starting discussion, conversational techniques to draw out the most recalcitrant child, and suggested films to watch together, all of them widely available at video rental outlets. Dr. Ronald Madison is a psychologist who has worked with families for more than 25 years, using film as a therapeutic tool for communication. Corey Schmidt is a freelance writer and film enthusiast.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780762408030
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2011

    This book is a must for parents of teens

    I just found this book in a used book store. What a fabulous find! It was published in 2001, but it is very up to date. I just wish there was a sequel with more contemporary movies. Nonetheless, there are so many classics and the content about how to connect these movies to opening up a substantial conversation with your child is wonderfully helpful. This book is worth your time. I plan to write to the author to see if he has a new version in the works.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2005

    What a great help this book was!!

    This incredibly informative book truly helped me connect with my rather unresponsive teen. I used the chaater relating to his age group and suggested we watch one of the films together. I used the discussion points and had the best conversation I have had with my son in years! I HIGHLY recommend this book for parents.

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