Voice Lessons for Parents

Narrated by: Wendy Mogel PhD
Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
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Renowned speaker, parenting expert, and New York Times best-selling author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, Dr. Wendy Mogel offers an essential guide to the new art of talking to children and shows how a change in voice can transform conversations and ease the relationship between parents and children.

Dr. Wendy Mogel’s New York Times best seller, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee is the bedside bible for a generation of parents. Several years ago Mogel began giving “voice lessons” to parents who were struggling with their kids, demonstrating how a shift in tone, tempo, and body language led to a surprising outcome: the children responded by cooperating with greater alacrity and communicating with more warmth, respect, and sincerity. As the parents found their voices, so did the children.  

In Voice Lessons, Mogel elaborates on this novel clinical approach, revealing how each age and stage of a child’s life brings new opportunities to connect through language. Delving into sources as diverse as neuroscience, fairy tales, and anthropology, Mogel offers specific guidance for talking to children across the expanse of childhood and adolescence. She also explains the best ways to talk about your child to grandparents, partners, and exes and to teachers, coaches, and caretakers. Throughout the book, Mogel addresses an obstacle that flummoxes even the most seasoned and confident parent: the distraction of digital devices, how they impact our connection with our families, and what we can do about it.  

With the transformative power of the classics How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk and You Just Don’t Understand, Voice Lessons enlightens parents. “Children will lead you on an incredible journey”, writes Mogel, “if they trust you, if you make the time, and if you are willing to follow.”

©2018 Wendy Mogel, PhD (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Loving it.

I'm both a child and family therapist and a mom of a 2 year old. I'm not finished yet, but I'm loving this book. it is well researched, up to date, practical, and spot on regarding what I know about the interplay of relationship and development, with specific insights that I find very helpful as a parent.

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Very thorough on how to communicate with kids

Very thorough on how to communicate with kids and people around the kids. It's very practical and helpful when the actual examples are used to describe the situations. I listened to it once, but I think I will go back and listen to it again sometime.

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Parents, let's chill out.

I found this therapeutic and cathartic. Parenting is damn hard, let's cut our kids and ourselves a break.

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A Little Out of Touch and Painful to Listen to

For a book that purports to teach one how to use one's voice, the narration of this book is quite ironic. The tempo, for me, was painfully slow; so much so, that I listened to it at 1.5x speed to make it sound like normal speech. At that rate, however, the periodic acceleration in the temp made for some comical refrains. Narration aside, the content was useful, if a little out of touch; so, I could not give it more than 2 stars. Many of the examples seemed like they were coming from a world that I am not part of--one of extreme privilege and no small amount of entitlement. Discussions of nannies and private schools are just not relevant to me and don't get me started on the presumptuous Hispanic accent that the narrator used when speaking for the nannies or the frequent interjections of pro LGBT blurbs. The former was as unenlightened as the latter was gratuitous.

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voice lessons is a good tutorial parenting

Wendy reads slowly, ( I listened at 3.5x) Her info is good she backs up her statements with scientific research where applicable. I have to give her extra credit for trying to cover parenting advice in a book. I'm sure there are a lot of people who can't help but get angry, perhaps vehemently so. just take all in assuming she means the best, see the chapter about guides for perspective. lots of great take aways that I can attest to as a father of two toddlers.

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glad I listened - learned some stuff

lots of teenage stuff that is not relevant to me now but glad I listened early and plan to listen again!

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Sure cure for imsomnia

I usually take the boring books further than 20, 30 min. Sometimes they have something to say after that ....even the slowest ones. This one I couldn't.

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Another Great Book From Wendy

I really enjoyed this book. I changed the speed on the audio which helped my engagement. Another great practical parenting audiobook. The author Wendy did not disappoint. I love all of her books.

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Good, challenging, and through provoking

I've been a principal, I've been a teacher, I've been a parenting coach, and I still felt challenged by this book. Of course I have some differences of opinion in certain areas, but overall I think this book is a benefit to anyone who is a parent, or who works with them.

The book is easy-to-follow, yet challenging. I especially appreciated the latter half where the concepts are put very practically for parents of different ages of children. I also appreciate that the author recognizes there are inherent, biological differences between boys and girls (with variety and exceptions, of course), and doesn't tell parents to treat them exactly the same. Rather, she provides age-appropriate and gender appropriate practical advice to help parents be their best with their children.

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Amazing insight

This book was perfect listen on how to handle emotions and speaking to children. I have a 5yr old and niece that’s 16yr old and I found it hard to talk but learning how to engage a teenager is very useful I have changed the way I communicate as a dad it’s been very helpful. Author goes into boys and girls personalities and how to talk to teachers really insightful information. I’ve spent 5 hrs listening to Dr Spokes book but it’s more of a encyclopedia on child care and baby’s. This book is concise well laid out and packed with real world tips & tricks.
One other book I liked for dads with daughters was “Strong Fathers Strong Daughters”