From the widely acclaimed How to Talk series, discover tried and tested communication strategies to survive – and thrive – with kids.
What do you do with a little kid who won’t brush her teeth? Screams in his car seat? Pinches the baby? Refuses to eat vegetables? Throws books in the library? Runs rampant in the supermarket?
The all-new content in this book deals with struggles familiar to every parent, relative, teacher, and childminder.
Organized by common challenges and conflicts, this book is an essential manual of communication strategies, including a chapter that addresses the special needs of children with sensory processing and autism spectrum disorders.
It’s hard to be a little kid. It’s hard to be an adult responsible for that little kid. And it’s really hard to think about effective communication when the toast is burning, the baby is crying, and you’re exhausted.
Problem – Parents don’t usually accept their children’s feelings.
“You don’t really feel that way.”
“You’re just saying that because you’re tired.”
“There’s no reason to be so upset.”
Steady denial of feelings can confuse and enrage kids. It also teaches them not to know what their feelings are – not to trust them.
You might say that you already talk to your kids – but do you really? Kids will tell you that there is a difference between being talked TO and being talked AT. Also, receiving their marching orders from their parents doesn’t constitute a “quality” conversation, as a conversation implies an exchange between at least two people.
But we are here to help. This report is not to throw stones, but to encourage parents to push on and stay in touch with their kids through thick and thin. Here, you will find out how to:
- Start a conversation with them
- Validate your child’s feelings
- Talk important conversations that you need to have with your child
- Keep the communication going even when it is the hardest of all
- Copy with negative feelings your child may have, such as anger and frustration
- Express feelings without being hurtful, resentful, or mean
- Engage your child’s willingness to cooperate
- Talk to your kids about strangers
- Teach your kids what to do if they become separated from you in a public place