Book #35: How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen

I’ll be upfront and say that I zoomed through How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7 by Joanna Faber and Julie King, skimming large swaths of it, since it was a companion book to the original.  I read How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber years ago and found it incredibly valuable for my parenting, so when I saw that Faber’s daughter had written an additional book, I decided to give it a try.

There was some great tips in there on empathizing with your little ones and treating their feelings with the respect they deserve, but there wasn’t a ton of new information.  We’re in the midst of toddlerhood at our house after a long hiatus, so it was good to brush up my skills.  But the unexpected benefit of getting this book was that my oldest three children read it and changed their behaviors towards their brother.  And because of that, their relationship with him has changed and made our home more harmonious.  At best, I thought I would probably teach them some new skills and lead out by example, but it happened the other way around.  I would see how they were talking to him and dealing with him and it would remind me of how to parent him better!

The book didn’t engage me nearly as much as the original, but for the solitary fact of the impact it’s had on my older kids earns it kudos.

Goodreads rating: 4 stars


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