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The Language of Parenting: Building Great Family Relationships At All Ages Paperback – July, 2003
A practical, good-humored guide to improving communications with your children or just about anyone. -- Carol Mc.D Wallace - author of Elbows off the Table
An exciting, upbeat, and compelling review of ideas for enhanced communication and relationships. -- Frederick Wirth - M.D., author of Prenatal Parenting, Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics Tufts University School of Medicine and founder of the Institute for Perinatal Education
Communicating effectively and empathetically is an art with parents and children especially David Frees is a grand master. -- Steve Forbes - father of five, President and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Magazine
Practical, effective, and enjoyable. If you want to encourage a child in school, build a better relationship, use this book. -- Marie Mongan - author, mother and founder of the Hypnobirthing Institute
This book is a gold mine of exceptional information. -- Dottie Walters - author of Speak and Grow Rich, CEO and mother
From the Publisher
There is a method to great family communication. When it happens it appears to be natural and unplanned beautiful moments that SEEM to come and go as they please. But they dont. You help to create these moments, and by suing proven principles and strategies to teach, learn, and interact within a family, these precious moments can be less fleeting, more sustainable, and will result in a more enjoyable family experience. This book is designed to help you do things you already know how to do, but to do them consciously so that you can achieve more of what you desire.
The Language of Parenting is designed to help parents:
- Understand how to apply proven communication technologies to help children become healthier, happier, and more confident problem solvers
- Improve their relationships with their adult children and grandchildren
- Discover new techniques for helping children to overcome their perceived limitations
- Learn the secrets of leaving fear behind and entering the world of parenting with confidence and certainty
It is never too late to make improvements. You can begin at any time from pregnancy through to the time your child has joined AARP. The result will be the same. You will begin to enjoy the process of parenting even more. You will become a better communicator and a better model for your children.
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I highly recommend this book to anyone with children or grandchildren. At the same time, there is tremendous value for anyone who has any dealings with people. This is an all around winner as a "how to have great communication leading to great relationships book".
Prior to discussing the topic of the title, Mr. Frees gives a
perspective on learning. He is clear on the different types of learning (some people do not know that there are different ways of learning) and I appreciated the focus on peak learning environments. We all have them and if you read this book you will begin to know how to identify yours.
In addition, a strategy is established for the reader ... defining a strategy is not a unique concept but Mr. Frees' reminder gets the reader to establish goals and strategies in reading the book... result .... more learning.
Mr. Frees reviews effective communication .... . His discussion on congruency is one that all people can take and use each day in both their business and personal lives.
The writing in this book is clear and the concepts are powerful for everyday living.
Mr. Frees understands the concepts that are the foundation of a peaceful life ...a good example is his discussion on 'beliefs'.
I am very grateful for the teachers that have passed along their knowledge. Communicating is Mr. Frees' wisdom and passion.
David Frees is a communication consultant and the creator of Quantum Communication programs. He also lectures internationally and is considered to be a master communicator. In "The Language of Parenting," he presents solutions for the highly complex issues that can develop in a parent/child relationship.
His book is divided into four main sections:
1. Building a Foundation: Quantum Learning and Enhanced Communication.
2. The Strategies of Great Communicators: Desired Results, The Beauty of Silence, Listening, Limits of Language and Building Rapport.
3. Tactics, Tools and Skills of Effective Communication: Avoiding Negation, Models of Creativity, Embedded Suggestions and the Power of Humor.
4. Frequently Asked Questions & Parent Resources: Questions about school age children, teenagers, adult children and teenagers. There is also a section for expectant and new parents.
I immediately appreciated the larger font size and the text was especially easy to read. This book is really a summary of all the lessons David Frees has learned throughout his life. He includes scientific research, action plans, wise and funny quotes and bold text to emphasize important points. Many chapters contain a Reminder and Action section so you can put the ideas to work almost immediately. You might find one or two of the ideas helpful and then you can write them in your journal.
While this book is a somewhat serious study of communication, there are some moments of interest when you will enjoy David's humor. I especially like when he puts text all in CAPS to really get your attention. Especially as he says: "you should consider the following belief" and then he really makes his point.
The section on how we process words in different ways was interesting. Do you see words as pictures, as the words themselves or do they produce feelings? He also gives reasons to why e-mail should not be used for complex emotional issues.
David also answers these questions:
How do you eliminate fights and foster positive communication?
What is the best way to approach my child about premarital sex, drinking, and drugs?
Is there really a list of proven communication techniques that encourage children to live happier, healthier and more confident lives?
The Language of Parenting is a highly organized collection of parenting wisdom and communications techniques. David teaches you so many excellent life skills. You can really use most of these skills in everyday communication.
~The Rebecca Review
I'm always striving to discover new ways to enhance my children's love for learning. This book is filled with them!
If you are a parent, or work with children, this IS a must read.