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How to Talk When Kids Won't Listen: Whining, Fighting, Meltdowns, Defiance, and Other Challenges of Childhood (The How To Talk Series) Paperback – August 3, 2021
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“Part of the bestselling 'How to Talk' series, this book is yet another winner. . . . an essential guide that’s easy to dip into as needed." —BookPage
"Parents looking for a one-stop approach to parenting will find this book very helpful.” —Booklist
"Make room on your bookshelf or kitchen table! This is the book you’ll turn to when you're wondering 'What do I say now?' It will keep you laughing and learning, and it will help change your family dynamics from conflict to cooperation." —Adele Faber, co-author of How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
"Joanna Faber and Julie King have hit another one out of the park. With their trademark humor, wisdom, empathy and down-to-earth techniques, they address the everyday struggles that take the joy out of family life, such as power struggles and outbursts of emotion (our children's outbursts and our own)." —Lawrence J. Cohen, PhD, author of Playful Parenting and The Opposite of Worry
"Joanna Faber and Julie King are experts in respectful communication with little kids. How to Talk When Kids Won’t Listen is a master class for parents to help kids through their difficult feelings and get kids to listen. I will be recommending this book for anyone who wants less conflict and more snuggles." —Hunter Clarke-Fields, author of Raising Good Humans
About the Author
- Publisher : Scribner (August 3, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1982134143
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982134143
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.38 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The first part of the book is a small recap or reminder of the important topics discussed in their first book. Acknowledging feelings, engaging cooperation, offering choices, problem solving, praise etc etc etc. The second part of the book provides more examples of how to put these techniques into practice. To be honest, it was more or less an extension of their last book. Only there are more examples of how to apply these skills in your parenting. The examples are more specific and therefore more helpful. I found it useful because if a parent is having an issue with a particular battle, like sharing or homework then can flip to that specific chapter for tips.
I love the writing style of these two authors. It has great flow and they provide plenty of examples of how to put this into practice and when/how it worked for others. Each section ends with a recap which is helpful. The writing isn't dry or hard to follow which can be common in other parenting books. The way the book is formatted makes it easy to skip the sections that don't apply to you at the time.
I won't lie, while I enjoyed reading this book, I kept saying in my head "but what about a kid like mine? A kid who really doesn't respond well when I acknowledge his feelings which doesn't allow me to put the other skills into practice" and then they had a whole section for me which was titled "Troubleshooting" There was some good ideas that I could try to put into practice in the future with my challenging child.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and the authors get another 5 stars from me. I feel like this book is coming out at the perfect time. After being home with my kids for the last 16 months because of COVID, I realized that I had defaulted away from acknowledging feelings and engaging cooperation. I slipped back into some of the ways I used to parent before reading their first book. This book kind of gave me a bit of a reboot which I am grateful for. It was a refreshing read and makes me feel rejuvenated when it comes to parenting some of the challenging behaviors .
While the authors do acknowledge that there is not one right response I wish they had dove deeper into “when kid’s won’t listen.” For example in Chapter 13 Name-Calling and “Bad” Language they briefly touch on how to respond if you are feeling overwhelmed or dysregulated. This was really helpful and I would’ve liked more detailed explanations.
If you are new to the How to Talk books I recommend starting with a different book. If you have read the other books and think more examples would help you then this book might benefit you.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley
Thank you Net Galley and Scribner for a copy of this book in return for my honest review!