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  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (172)

    Internationally acclaimed experts on communication between parents and children, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish “are doing for parenting today what Dr. Spock did for our generation” (Parent Magazine). Now, this best-selling classic includes fresh insights and suggestions as well as the author’s time-tested methods to solve common problems and build foundations for lasting relationships.

    John says: "Best. Parenting. Book. Ever."
    "Great for Compliant, but NOT Strong Willed Child"
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    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Including information for difficult children, not just ones who are likely to respond to simple reasoning and soft consequences. (The author refuses to call anything punishment.)


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Setting Limits with your Strong Willed Child. Robert MacKenzie.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Bennett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes. I think the portions about open ended questions had benefit and I also do think this could be a good book for someone who already has a good mutually respectful relationship with their kid and just want ways to further improve that. However, these strategies will not work on more difficult kids, the so called strong willed child. This book will be very un-helpful for you.


    Any additional comments?

    When I 1st listened to this book I probably would have given it 4 or 5 stars, but after I tried using its techniques, I realized it was not written with 1 of my children in mind, which is why I bought the book in the 1st place. This book sounds good and indeed much in it is good for the "compliant child" which is why I am sure it does work good for some parents and their kids who are compliant. Furthermore, its intrinsically a very "passive parenting" approach that makes parents already doing this passive parenting feel good about what they are doing and indeed encourages them to double down on their current strategy, but does little to help them with more difficult, non compliant children. Although I really do use some of these strategies with my compliant children, it is a disaster for the others and I assure you they will walk all over you. So if you want a 'feel good" book that basically says, your doing great, keep being passive and keep do what "feels" like the best parenting method with little guidance on more difficult children, go for it. However, for those of us looking for books to help with our more difficult children, I recommend Setting Limits with your Strong Willed Child by Robert MacKenzie.

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