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Parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, adults, brothers, sisters and teenagers: if you have a child in your life, you should take a minute to check out this book. At the very least, read a summary of the great book "How to Talk so Kids Will Listen, and Listen so Kids Will Talk!" Before we have kids of our own, we have all been in dreary conversations with a five year that don't go anywhere, and we get to the point where we just want to yell "I don't care what the elephant did with the pizza, I just want you to stop telling me this story!" But we can't do that. And it can be stressful to know when it's productive to ask a child to stop and listen, and when it's you that has to be patient and do the same for them. If you want the relationships you have with children to be less stressful, and more rewarding, this is the book for you. It will help you form lasting bonds (that don't feel forced!) and honestly helped with more than just kids, if you ask me! Learning to speak and listen to others is a big step, and this can be one tiny movement in that. It teaches a way to talk that names emotions, and acknowledges the emotions that often a child cannot articulate--and still lets them know you are listening and understanding what they are feeling, without having to give into their whims either. I even believe we can use this as adults when we make compromises and have to have tough conversations in delicate situations. The best part about this book (beyond it's great advice) is that it's not too preachy. There's nothing I hate more than a parenting book that focuses on how great parenting is, when already all know that! It's the difficult bits and how to really, honestly get through them we want help with, and this book definitely gives us that.
@WordDoctor Indeed it is! The longer it takes me to finally get my hands on something from the library, the higher expectation I have!
Thank you for reviewing this book! I've heard so many great things about it - but I just haven't gotten around to buying it. I keep waiting for it at the library, but it's always checked out! Guess that's a good sign, isn't it?