How to Talk so Little Kids will Listen By Joanna Faber & Julie King

If you have a toddler at home, this book is for you. There are lots of tools and techniques that could come handy while dealing with tantrums or handling kid’s emotions. At the least, it makes you feel better when you know that you are not the only one going through all this!!

The book puts you in the shoes of your kid. It takes you back to your childhoods and plays back the same situation you are in, to make you understand how your kid is feeling at that moment. We most of the time feel that kids make a big deal out of insignificant things. But in their world, it could be the most important thing for them. Hence it is important to acknowledge their emotion and help them understand what they are feeling. This will help them grow up being emotionally strong adults who respect other’s emotions.

The book also does discuss elaborately about emotions of Parents. How a parent feels exhausted being responsible for the kid 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Parents emotions are significant too and there is no need of hiding it from the child. The way to communicate that you are angry or upset or tired without hurting the kid’s feelings is something to look forward for in this book.

How to help toddlers name their feelings and deal with them comfortably, without labeling them is communicated quite well in this book. Food fights, sleep battles, sibling rivalry, dealing with vaccinations, hitting, morning madness, shopping with kids – are some of the situations discussed here.

There is a summary section with a few bullet points at the end of each chapter that can be used as a quick reference or reminder. The books comes with numerous examples of real life situations that are so relatable, with a possible solution to each of them. You can take away a lot of ideas to deal with your own. However, in the end, it is about being a little more creative and coming up with one or more techniques of your own that best suits your child, in order to deal with the day-to-day situations that you encounter.


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