“Being a parent may be one of the most joyful experiences imaginable. It can also be frustrating, maddening, exhausting, and occasionally overwhelming” writes Adel Faber and Elaine Mazlish on their personal website.
Yes, we agree! One of the things that we find always makes parenting (and life in general) so difficult is effectively managing communication with all the different members of your family. Each member of a family is a unique individual yet so closely bonded to each other. As we build our individual identities this can create lots of friction and tension. Why is it that we often have more trouble talking to our loved ones – children, spouses, parents – than to our friends?
It is precisely this point that Ms. Faber and Ms. Mazlish focus on in their research and writing. At Parentology we’ve recently discovered their work and wanted to share it with you (and our community) because we feel their are a lot of valuable thoughts and ideas that might contribute to your growth and development as parents.
In particular, check out this title: How to Talk so Kids will Listen, and Listen so Kids will Talk. It was first published in the 80′s but has been updated in 2001 and is still as relevant as when it was first published!
This book focuses on some of our favorite topics. According to the authors they address the following crucial issues:
- How to listen to and understand your child’s concerns
- How to have cooperation in your family without nagging
- How you and your child can deal with feelings
- How to find ways to eliminate punishment
- How to help your child attain a positive self-image
So if you’re in the book store or shopping online, head over to the parenting section and have a look. We think that this one is definitely worth a read! If you do read it, leave us some comments about your thoughts on the book. We’d love to hear from you!
- – Gonan Premfors