In this ultimate how-to guide, bestselling authors Faber and Mazlish offer easy-to-apply advice for parents frustrated with communication problems with their children.
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The classic how-to-guide for better communication with your child from acclaimed experts and bestselling authors.
Parenting styles may have changed since this book was first published in 1980, but what hasn’t changed is that every parent has moments where they’re convinced their kids aren’t listening to them, and children feel like they’re not being heard by their parents. Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, who were both on the faculty of the New School for Social Research and co-wrote the bestselling Siblings Without Rivalry and Liberated Parents/Liberated Children, wanted to examine this communication disconnect after numerous parents asked them for help nurturing closer relationships with their children. The result is a still timely book, which The Boston Globe called “the parenting bible,” offering insights and advice for building effective communication skills and improving the relationship with your child — no matter their age.
II. Acknowledge Your Child’s Feelings
III. Manage — and Communicate — Expectations
IV. Seek Alternatives to Punishment
V. Building Autonomy Means Allowing Mistakes
VI. Praise That’s Productive
VII. The Dangers of Labeling
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