How To Listen So Kids Will Talk Analysis

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“How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk” by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (1982) is an excellent resource for parents who are finding it difficult to have healthy communication with their children. The content of the book has been used for group parenting education programs that have been proven successful. Joussemet, Mageau, and Koestner (2013) evaluated the potential of this program in regards to children’s mental health based on encouraging optimal parenting skills. They discovered that “By fostering all key elements of optimal parenting, the how-to program constitutes a promising intervention to improve parenting and child mental health in the general population” (Joussemet, Mageau, Koestner, 2013). In another study of five different parenting education programs, Fetsch and Gebeke (1995) found “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk" to be the the most effective with 88% of all respondents reporting one to three positive changes in their behavior.
By assisting parents with outstanding communication skills, Faber and Mazlish (1982) are empowering parents to boost the self-esteem of their children and themselves. Bigner and Gerhardt (2013) write that assisting children in developing a healthy self-esteem will extend to many different aspects of their
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Parents often struggle with this, as it is difficult to not step in and assist children when they face difficulties. (Faber & Mazlish, 1982). However, this is an essential part of healthy development. “Positive experiences that lead children to conclude that they can function autonomously result in a healthy sense of autonomy” (Bigner & Gerhardt, 2013). Faber and Mazlish (1982) make suggestions such as letting children make their own choices, not rushing to answer their questions, and not taking away their hope as ways to encourage

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