On Communicating Effectively
“Children will listen to you only after they feel that you’ve listened to them.” —Jane Nelsen, family counselor and author of Positive Discipline
“Say what you mean, and mean what you say.” —Jo Frost, host of TLC’s Family S.O.S. With Jo Frost and author of Jo Frost Toddler S.O.S.
“Make sure that you use the phrase ‘I understand’ with your kids.” —Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
“The immaturit y of toddlers’ left brains makes them act primitively, and when upset, they act even more uncivilized. Speaking ‘toddler-ese’ gets tots to settle down. When your toddler is upset, talk to him almost like you are talking to a little caveman. Instead of asking, ‘Did that doggie scare you?’ say, ‘Scared! Scared! Big doggie, go away!’ ” —Harvey Karp, pediatrician and author of The Happiest Baby’s Guide to Great Sleep