Teaching Humanity Remotely with Dr. Mindy Shaw – Podcast Episode 27

In this latest podcast episode, the 27th in my series, it’s another brief episode as we continue to review the theme of the first section of my new parenting book.  That new book for parents is titled I LIKE HOW YOU SPEAK TO ME… A PARENT’S GUIDE FOR EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION WITH CHILDREN, and it’s designed as a “how to” for parents, family members or teachers.  As the says, the book was designed specifically to provide parents, teachers, and any adult really, a clear path to effective communication with children.

My parenting book is divided into three sections, and the first section of the book lays out what I call 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.

For the last number of weeks on my podcasts I have been examining each of the ten governing principles for effective communication with children, one at a time, podcast after podcast. This podcast contains the NINTH discussion in that series, and the ninth governing principle that I’ve outlined as essential for communicating with children is to BE RESPECTFUL.

As parents, we often expect unconditional or automatic respect from our children, but I believe that respect is something that is earned in a mutual fashion.  It’s like the golden rule… treat someone the way you would want to be treated, and with children, mutual respect is both healthy and productive.  I often use the example, as I do in this podcast, of a response I would receive as a child.  I might ask one of my parents why I cannot do something, and their answer might be something along the lines of “Because I said so.” While that answer may be true, it is not respectful. A respectful response might be to explain a situation to a child whereby the child is offered responsibility for an action.  To be given responsibility is a symbol of respect. If you want effective communication with your child, speaking to them in a respectful manner goes a long way, and when that principle is implemented along with the other nine in my list of principles that govern effective communication, you would be amazed at the difference in your parent-child communication.

My new parenting book has two more sections in addition to the Ten Governing Principles for Effective Communication with Children. The book also includes a short children’s picture book that models how to communicate with children, and that’s followed by a Q&A section where I answer the ten most frequently asked questions that I received from parents (plus one bonus question). I’m very proud of this book, and you can find my new parenting guide here:

The next podcast will focus on the tenth and final governing principle from my new book for parents, so please stay tuned for that. Thanks for visiting and for listening.  You can hear Podcast 27 here:


And you can find my parenting book here:






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