Parent Talk: How to Talk to Your Children in Language That Builds Self-Esteem and Encourages Responsibility

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 4, 2003 - Family & Relationships - 320 pages
The right words for every situation.

Do you find yourself in those maddening situations where you sound like a broken record when talking to your child? Your preschooler won’t decide what she wants to wear, regardless of how many times you insist that she just choose; your struggling third grader says “I can't do math,” and your “Sure you can!” reassurance falls like a dead weight; your daughter smears on black eyeliner just before the bus arrives, and your daily protests are muted by hers.

What’s left to say? Lots.

In Parent Talk, a must-have for every parent with a preschool to high school-age child, Chick Moorman tells you what to say so that you can communicate more effectively—and peacefully—with your child in every circumstance, including:

-The morning mad dash to dress, eat, and leave the house on time
-The nightly struggle to focus on homework
-The endless car ride of exhaustion-induced whining
-The meltdown in the mall

For instance, Moorman’s antidote to the “I can’t” loop is “Act as if you’ve done this before.” With Moorman’s help, you’ll learn the words to use and the words to avoid to end power struggles and the fruitless conversation loops you’re stuck in.
 

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Contents

Do you want your eggs fried or scrambled?
2
Cartoon
9
Cartoon
15
Dont be a quitter
22
Youre a car
29
Check it out inside
34
What do you attribute that to?
48
Determination
64
Different people have different needs
164
Touch each other gently
172
Seven Things to Say to Help Your Child Feel Heard
178
I understand just how you feel
185
were you
193
Cartoon
200
Cartoon
206
you do that?
214

Sounds like you have a problem
80
Weve got a problem Whos willing to help?
93
Ten Things to Say to Promote Learned Helplessness in Your
98
One two three
104
Thats not a good excuse
111
a good job
120
I appreciate your efforts Thanks
126
Next time
132
If you dont straighten up Im going to leave you here
137
Act your age
143
We never wanted you anyway
150
I love you
156
Ten Things to Say to Reduce Conflict
220
another way
224
How can you both get what you want?
233
Youre probably right
240
Is that a real fight or are you just faking it?
247
My patience is running out
254
Chad your coat is on the floor Im getting angry It belongs
262
Cartoon
269
I love you and I dont like that behavior
272
Cartoon
279
I love you
286
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About the author (2003)

Chick Moorman is an inspirational speaker who has addressed more than 300,000 parents and educators. Director of the Institute for Personal Power, he lives in Merrill, Michigan.

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