In my latest podcast episode, the 30th in the series, we take a moment to do a complete review of the first section of my parenting book that just came out some weeks back. That book is titled I LIKE HOW YOU SPEAK TO ME… A PARENT’S GUIDE FOR EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION WITH CHILDREN, and it was written after parents and teachers alike requested some formal guidance similar to what they were hearing in some of the earlier episodes of my podcast series. The book was designed as a “how to” for parents, family members or teachers, specifically to give readers a clear path to effective communication with children.
The first section of my parenting book is where I lay out my “10 Governing Principles” for communicating with children. These ten principles are interlocking and essential, and when one understands these principles and exercises the muscle of using them ALL, communication with children will be clear and effective.
On my podcast, for ten weeks in a row, we took a closer look at each of the 10 governing principles for effective communication with children, one at a time, podcast after podcast. In this podcast, we do a quick recap of those 10 principles and provide some quick examples of how they can be applied, but to me, the most important part of this podcast #30 is that I provide a reading of the children’s picture book that is embedded in the middle of my parenting guide.
How does that work to have a kid’s book in the middle of a communication guide for parents and teachers? Well, the book, as just mentioned, has the 10 governing principles for effective communication with children as its first section. Then, the third and final section of the book contains a series of Questions and Answers. The questions are the ten most frequently asked questions that I get from parents regarding their parent-child communication, and then there’s an 11th bonus Q & A added in. That entire Q & A section is very valuable because it offers illustrative examples of the practical applications of the governing communication principles, but the children’s book is even more valuable in a way as it completely serves as a model for adult-child communication.
The children’s section of the book is portion titled I Like How You Speak to Me, and those were the exact words spoken to me by my granddaughter, Olivia, when she was 3 ½. It was in that moment when I knew that the way that I spoke with children was unlike the manner in which most other adults spoke to children. That moment also inspired the writing of all of my children’s books for SEL (socio-emotional learning) because it is exactly the social and emotional development of a child that I am impacting with my direct, honest, respectful (and more) communication. As a result, it was important to me to model my style of communication for parents, grandparents, teachers and all adults, really, and it is clearly modeled in the children’s story titled I Like How You Speak to Me which is embedded in my guide to effective communication.
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