Books: How to Talk so Kids Will Listen…

This month Helen, our Evaluation Officer has picked our ‘book of the month’. Helen recommends it as a ‘must read for parents, useful for all stages of childhood and on into teenager years!’

“How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk,” offers invaluable insights and practical strategies for effective communication between parents/carers and children. One of the book’s greatest strengths is its accessibility. Through engaging anecdotes, relatable examples, and illustrative cartoons, the authors drill down tricky concepts into easily understandable principles that resonate with parents. Whether grappling with tantrums, defiance, or everyday conflicts, you will find practical guidance on how to navigate challenging situations with patience.

Central to the book’s message is the importance of active listening. Faber and Mazlish, the authors,  emphasise the transformative power of both hearing and validating children’s feelings, even when they seem irrational or trivial. By acknowledging emotions without judgment and offering empathetic responses, parents can create a safe space for children to express themselves openly and honestly. “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk” promotes a shift in mindset, encouraging parents to view communication as a joint process rather than a one-sided exchange of commands and directives.

A must-read for parents who would like to enhance their communication skills and strengthen their relationships with their children. With its practical wisdom, compassionate approach, and timeless relevance, this book remains a great resource for parents.


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