How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A must-have resource for anyone who lives or works with young kids, with an introduction by Adele Faber, coauthor of the international best-seller The Boston Globe dubbed "The Parenting Bible".
For over 35 years, parents have turned to How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk for its respectful and effective solutions to the unending challenges of raising children. Now, in response to growing demand, Adele's daughter, Joanna Faber, along with Julie King, tailor How to Talk's powerful communication skills to children ages two to seven.
Faber and King, each a parenting expert in her own right, share their wisdom accumulated over years of conducting How To Talk workshops with parents and a broad variety of professionals. With a lively combination of storytelling, cartoons, and fly-on-the-wall discussions from their workshops, they provide concrete tools and tips that will transform your relationship with the young kids in your life.
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...runs rampant in the supermarket? Organized according to common challenges and conflicts, this book is an essential emergency first-aid manual of communication strategies, including a chapter that addresses the special needs of children with sensory processing and autism spectrum disorders.
This user-friendly guide will empower parents and caregivers to forge rewarding, joyful relationships with terrible two-year-olds, truculent three-year-olds, ferocious four-year-olds, foolhardy five-year-olds, self-centered six-year-olds, and the occasional semi-civilized seven-year-old. And, it will help little kids grow into self-reliant big kids who are cooperative and connected to their parents, teachers, siblings, and peers.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 8 minutes|
|Author||Joanna Faber, Julie King|
|Narrator||Heather Alicia Simms, Michele Pawk, Candace Thaxton, January LaVoy, Rebekkah Ross, Gibson Frazier, Molly Pope|
|Audible.co.uk Release Date||10 January 2017|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 477 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1 in Parenting Infants & Toddlers
2 in Child Psychology (Audible Books & Originals)
5 in Child & Developmental Psychology in Education
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This book has really useful tools for problem solving with children but sadly a lot of the tools require the child to be verbal and/or literate. Often the solution to most conflicts is to sit down after the event and write down a list of ways to resolve the problems and the agree between you and your child the best course of action. Sounds like a good way to resolve issues but pretty much impossible with a 2 year old. It even suggests drawing pictures about feelings but again, my toddler's drawings are just swiggly lines, he doesnt try to draw objects.
The books suggests naming feelings and not dismissing your child's feelings. These have been useful just now but there are no other tools in this book to actually help whilst a toddler is tantruming. The best advice I have read was in a montessori book is just letting them ride it out, keep them safe, dont let them harm others. You will know when they have finished as they tend to let out a sigh and move on.
I'm glad that I have read the book now as I feel I have tools I can use as he grows older but for my current predicament of a tantruming toddler , I'm afraid I have not found any quick fixes.
I bought the kindle edition on a whim because our toddlers just turned 2 and the book was just £2.50.
Let me tell you, I'm just about 50 pages in, and have already used two tips from the book.
First we ran out of bananas. I was looking at a complete meltdown and in reaction I used one of the first things mentioned in the book: Write a shopping list. My husband thought I was crazy, but within seconds meltdown was averted, and my daughter was just happily pointing at the word Banana and my bad drawing on our list. Next day, another meltdown because breakfast wasn't ready fast enough. So I went all over the top, just like the book recommended. "Noooooo breakfast isn't done yet! And we really need that bread! Oh noooo look at this I'm almost done!"
Meltdown stopped, my daughter just looked at me as if I'd grown a second head, then again happily waited until food was ready.
I have also noticed I stopped asking my daughters so many questions. I just make statements. Instead of "Did you hurt yourself? What's going on?" I just say "Oh that has hurt!" and then listen to them for a second. Even that slight change in my behaviour makes such a big difference in the way our twins are reacting and dealing with things, just like the book says.
All in all, it is really easy to read, and gives great tips on how to deal with small people. I am so happy I bought it. Completely recommended.
I’ve noticed less tantrums - child and parent - and reduced need to repeat or escalate the same message. I wish I’d had this book before now but I’m making up for lost time. A little improvement in understanding situations goes a very long way to make life more peaceful.
I highly recommend it.