How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber

What we like:

Book's goals - To establish cooperative relationships between children and parents or other figures of authority (e.g. teachers), help parents understand how to respond to their children’s emotions, provide alternatives to punishment and promote self-discipline in kids, provide alternatives to nagging and criticism. Intended Audience - The typical parent who wants to improve their interactions with their children, particularly during conflict resolution is the main audience. It does present emergency scenarios, but does not otherwise discuss atypical populations of children or situations.

What could be better:

The book assumes that relatively mild conflict resolution tactics will be effective in all or most cases and for all or most children (though it could be presumed that some kids will require more structure and discipline), somewhat surface-level tactics, difficult to “look up” specific topics in the book since most of the advice comes in the form of stories within the text.

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Internationally acclaimed experts on communication between parents and children, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish “are doing for parenting today what Dr. Spock did for our generation” (Parent Magazine).  Now, this bestselling classic includes fresh insights and suggestions as well as the author’s time-tested methods to solve common problems and build foundations for lasting relationships.

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