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How to Talk to Kids

10 Ways to Get Your Child to Listen to You
Narrated by: Millie Green
Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
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Summary

In an age where technology rules with an iron fist and attention spans are becoming shorter and shorter, it is becoming increasingly challenging for parents to not only keep their child’s attention but also to get them to listen. And it all starts with how we talk to them.

Believe it or not, how you speak to your child determines whether they will listen to you or not. You are at war with outside influences on your child’s behaviors and reactions. For this reason, wise and tactical approaches are recommended to not just win your child over but to have their utter and complete respect.

With a no-nonsense, straightforward approach, How to Talk to Kids is the ultimate guide for both new and seasoned parents. Rachel Burgess, a mother of three, offers sound advice and strategies on getting your child to listen.

Some of the areas explored in this book are:

  • The reason your child is not listening to you 
  • Practicing active listening
  • Understanding the difference between discipline and punishment
  • Mistakes made when listening to your kids
  • Managing your anger
  • Understanding your child’s psychology
  • Effective consequences
  • Teaching good manners
  • Making conversation with your kids a priority 

Whether you are at your wit's end with a child who talks back and does the opposite of what they are told or you merely want to sharpen your parenting skills to create a bond and mutual respect with your child, How to Talk to Kids is the guide for you. Rachel advises from an empirical perspective with a style that is emphatic, instructional, and exhortative.

By the end of his book, parents will not only be more knowledgeable and understanding about the “why” of their child’s behaviors, but will also take a step back to examine themselves and their own approach toward communication with their child.

©2019 Rachel Burgess (P)2019 Rachel Burgess

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LOVE! I am a teacher,

LOVE! I am a teacher, not a parent (yet) and this book applies to all of the wonderful kids in my life. I love the exercises and the variety of examples. Highly recommend for teachers or parents!

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This book is about mindfulness,

This book is about mindfulness, and walks you through listening to yourself first and then being ready to hear others. Once you have seen constructive ways to respond to your own inner voice, you become empowered to listen to others.

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Listen your child

This book is really great. At first it can seem really ....well... cheesy. But when you actually apply the methods.... man oh man is it cool. It feels really great to be able to talk to my kids without yelling.

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Great to Understand Kids

Great book with very insightful tips about how to work with them. I think every parent struggles with this issues and having a resource such as this can really help you understand how to get through to your kids.

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Great Read!

This book gives you no nonsense practical advice. I think this book will help you no matter what when It comes communicating with children if you struggle with it

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Great advice on how to talk to little human

I originally bought the e-book and enjoy it. Then I received a free download to leave an honest review voluntarily. This was very helpful because my schedule is quite busy and I like something that I can listen on the go. The lessons in this book are great for people who are dealing with little humans. I recommended it!

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As a father with aspergers

This book has been very valuable on my journey to better understand how to communicate with my children. I highly recommend it.

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Good bit a little repetitive!

This book has some excellent ideas for parents especially if you are struggling for ideas on how to deal with your children in certain situations. I particularly found chapter 5 interesting as it reminded me of how I think sometimes and how that's related to my parents, parenting style.! The only thing I found a little negative was the tone of the writing at times. it just comes across as a little negative towards the parents, as in its your fault if your child does/doesn't do something. I personally feel that we should supprt/reassure patents when they are struggling and not blame their efforts. as it is effectively illustrated in chapter 5 that we learn from our patents and sometimes it is hard to break that cycle!! overall a very good book.

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Practical, relatable advice

I found the advice in this audiobook to be both practical and relatable. There are many insightful ideas for talking to our children laid out here that we often overlook. This book brings our focus back to such ideas, including using our children's names when we talk to them and speaking to them like adults. I'll be using many of the strategies moving forward.

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Fantastic Book!

Great if you're a parents struggling to talk with your kinds. Takes a really great gentle approach.

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  • ~Anonymous~
  • 14-03-20

Great Book!

This book works. It's hard to believe but if you read each chapter and do the exercises (for practice) and then try it out on your kids (or in my case, my kindergarten aged niece) -- it actually works! Here's an example: my niece was having a WWIII type of tantrum one day because her candy cane had broken in half. (It was Christmas time.) Her parents, older sister, grandma, everyone was telling her that it was no big deal, she can have another candy cane, it will still taste just the same, etc., anything to get her to see reason and calm down. It only made her fit worse. Things escalated. Her mother started shouting threats to send her to her room. Then - I tried something that I had read in the book: Let the child have the feelings she's feeling and let her know that she's having those feelings. So, I went over to her and said -- just like one of the book's exercises: "It's terrible. Your candy cane broke, and now it's not a perfect candy cane anymore. Even though it will taste the same, it's not a candy CANE anymore. I can see how upsetting it is, because it's not the perfect candy cane that it used to be." "This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review" Plot. ⭐⭐⭐⭐stars Story. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ stars Narrator.: Millie Green ⭐⭐⭐

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  • Matheus
  • 02-03-20

Solid book!

I really appreciate this book for what it is. Has lot's of great content in it. I'm sure any new or struggling parent will benefit highly from listening to this.

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  • MDW 77
  • 05-03-20

Great Parenting Advice!!

I received this book free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Loved this book!! It is so important to listen and connect with your children. This book is invaluable in figuring out how to create a connection with your child, and discipline them rather than punish them. Any parent would benefit from listening to and implementing the strategies this book provides.

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  • Bo Van de Poel
  • 02-03-20

Parenting 101

I love the fact the writer starts with acknowledging to get your child's attention before you talk to them. So many people miss this step and get frustrated with their kids when it's something that can easily be avoided. I personally don't have kids yet but this book is definitely a good read on what not to do and what to do instead. What really resonated with me was the chapter on how your child views the world and how they are still learning how to communicate in the best way. If we keep in mind that our children don't know how to properly communicate yet during childhood and we as parents play a significant role in teaching them, we will move two steps forward in raising them to become amazing adults! The reader can find actionable tips and tricks in this book to become an amazing parent to their kid!

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  • JKS
  • 21-02-20

A must for anyone with children.

This book is very informative and can be listened to over and over as a reference. I really learned a lot. It has wonderful ideas that if implemented can really improve ones communication with their children. I recommend this book to anyone who has children or is around children, it can be life changing. Narrator Millie Green does an wonderful job.

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  • alfremb
  • 20-01-20

A great way to improve parenting skills

I recently listened to another audiobook from the same author and I wanted to give this one a try. Rachel outlines well the issues of parenting and addresses practical solutions, which is a big reason why I gave her another try. It's amazing how interacting with kids is almost like acting, and some parents act irresponsible and do not communicate well or disregard active listing. Listen more, talk less = huge key to become an efficient parent. A great manual I will keep revisiting, very well narrated, with great cadence and a soothing voice.

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  • Eddy Rajiah
  • 14-01-20

Great book for talking to toddlers

This book really helped me out to understand how to communicate with my 3 yr old son. As a father, it can sometimes be really difficult to express your feelings to your kid. The tips and advice showed me another perspective on what my son is going through.

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  • T. Huang
  • 11-01-20

Quick on-the-go listening for better parenting

I originally bought the e-book and enjoy it. Then I received a free download to leave an honest review voluntarily. This was very helpful because my schedule is quite busy and I like something that I can listen on the go. The lessons in this book are great for people who are dealing with little humans. I recommended it!

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  • Mai Tai Mama
  • 01-08-20

Easy listen, useful advice

This was an easy listen that provided some excellent tips that I plan to utilize. Definitely recommend. Narrator was fantastic

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-04-20

Great short book to brush up on your skills

Basic book to remind you of how to be a better parent. Face it we could all use some gentle reminders on how to properly communicate with your offspring