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The Top 50 Questions Kids Ask (Pre-K through 2nd Grade): The Best Answers to the Toughest, Smartest, and Most Awkward Questions Kids Always Ask Paperback – March 1, 2010
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Dr. Susan Bartell is a nationally renowned psychologist and author who has been helping children, teens, and families lead healthier, happier lives for nearly twenty years. Dr. Susan has appeared on Good Morning America, 20/20, and The Today Show, and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Parenting magazine, Family Circle, WebMD, Women's Day, Nick Jr., and Seventeen.
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Moms and dads can't wait for their kids to start talking-it's one of the greatest thrills of our parenting lives. But I'm sure you'll agree that when the never-ending questions start coming, we sometimes wish our precious children had never learned the meaning of the words "why" and "what"-not to mention all the other words in between that seem to end in a question mark, strung together to form a question that doesn't even make sense all the time.
But guess what? While I absolutely acknowledge that the questions of preschool- and early-elementary-age children can be tedious, annoying, and relentless, during this stage of development your child's questions begin taking on a deeper value that can help you to understand his or her dreams, wishes, fears, and hopes-if only you can find the key to unlock their meaning.
By paying close attention to your child's questions, you can often learn how to scratch below the surface. Then, once you really have a great understanding of your child's questions, you can learn to respond to them in a way that will encourage your child to share even more with you, rather than end the conversation. In this way you are planting the seeds for a lifetime of excellent communication between you and your child.
Parents often tell me that they are frustrated because they don't know how to communicate fully with their children; they wish their kids would talk to them more. By learning how to respond to your child's questions differently, you will open up these lines of communication beginning now, while your child is still very young. You will then be able to build on this growing bond as your child gets older. By the time your child is a teenager, you will have nurtured a wonderful, close relationship-it doesn't get any better than that!
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Not only is it comforting that other parents encounter the same questions, challenges, and conundrums, but Dr. Susan Bartell provides more than just sound advice in this must-have guide for parents. She helps us understand why a child asks a certain question and viable options for responding. Considering my daughter is currently fixated on how I drive (too fast, too slow, getting a ticket), I was amazed to see this question pop up in this book. I found this book immediately helpful in so many ways; mostly, it encouraged me to anticipate some questions and plan my answers, rather than winging it. And, it's nice to be able to see what questions are just around the corner in the version that deals with 3rd through 5th grade!