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Voice Lessons for Parents

Narrated by: Wendy Mogel PhD
Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (107 ratings)
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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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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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A political ploy that is pro gender neutrality

I feel so duped. This book opens up with a lecture about how allowing kids to be gender neutral is healthier and more conducive for a child’s growth and stability and happiness. I was done before this even started. No thank you. My boys are boys.

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I'm sure there could have been good info...

The author narrated the book and she was slow and it was really hard to listen to. I tried to listen anyway, but I felt like she was pushing her own agenda. I couldn't bring myself to finish, which is sad because it sounded like it could have some good information.

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Well rounded advice for all ages.

Lots of great info and advice for kids of all ages. She gives a ton of examples while understanding each child is different and encourages forgiveness to ourselves(parents).

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Transgender discussion on first page?

I thought this was going to be about talking to my kids about everyday issues, and the preface opens up with a diatribe about Transgenderism. What the Heck?!

Unfortunately the narration is verrrry ponderous too. They should have hired a pro. Alas, I'm going to return this one.

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great book spoiled by author's narration

Great concepts and theories, but very difficult to listen to. Author is a narrator and speaks too slowly. Sometimes I was so concentrated on word pronunciation that I was totally lost in what she was saying. For some reason, I think chapters were switched as a book started with gender identity which should be later in the book.

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