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The way you talk to your child is a lot like the ingredients that go into a recipe: What you put in determines what you get out of it. And when it comes to communication, just about every parent is using a recipe that could use a lot of spicing up.

All too often parenting focuses on telling kids what to think rather than talking to them in ways that teach kids how to think. We talk at our kids rather than with them. We also spend most of our time lecturing and criticizing but very little time directing kids toward what we want them to do. We use combative language that is likely to make a child more defiant rather than compliant. There isn’t a parent on this planet who isn’t regularly undermining their own goals by talking to their children in a less-than-productive manner. If talking were a recipe, many of us would have trouble boiling water without burning it.

There is no perfect way to talk to your kids, just as there is no perfect parent. But there are a number of things you can do to improve the way you communicate with your children. This information will outline a number of different concepts that every adult can use to attain more compliant, well-behaved, and thoughtful children.

Principles that will improve the way you talk to your kids

  • The Tao of talk: Getting more results with less energy (ebook)

  • Finding the positive intent behind a child’s statements (ebook)

  • When parents say all the wrong things: Self-defeating statements parents use

How to talk with your kids

  • Solution-oriented speech and the proper way to talk to children

  • Using encouraging statements with children

  • Guiding children through your speech (ebook)

  • First things first: The importance of expressing empathy (ebook)

  • The Power of politeness

  • Why you shouldn’t be afraid to apologize

Talking skills for parents and teachers

  • Using questions to guide and discipline children

  • Advanced communication skills that every parent should use

  • More talking skills for parents

  • Statements that every parent and teacher should use more often (ebook)

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