Now Say This: The Right Words To Solve Every Parenting Dilemma; The 3-Step Approach to Effective Communication

Turgeon, Heather & . TarcherPerigee. May 2018. 352p. notes. index. ISBN 9780143130345. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781524704018. CHILD REARING
Psychotherapist Turgeon and early childhood therapist Wright, coauthors of The Happy Sleeper and, are known for offering online consultation for exhausted parents. Here they employ the ALP method: Attune (watch, listen, and understand), Limit Set (state reasonable boundaries), and Problem Solve (engage your child in creating solutions) to a variety of parenting situations. Though the authors acknowledge that up-front communication is an art, not an exact science, and that their words are not the only words, their research shows that parents are looking for communication examples. After describing ALP, they walk readers through applying the model in challenging moments (tantrums, sibling rivalry, screen time, bedtime, etc.), including sample scripts.
VERDICT Parenting styles are so individual, and this book may appeal to some (especially first-timers), but communication with children is not a simple process, and the scripts at times seem stilted. An optional purchase.
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