Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

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How to talk…and listen…part 2

Author Sarah Ahrens, Written Jan 4, 2013

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And here is another sneak peek of what’s in store for those who participate in the “How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk” adult faith development series…

“Do you feel as if you are always the bad guy at home? Do you have constant battles over chores, homework personal hygiene, and courtesy? Week 2 of our Parenting Communication Workshop looks at five ways to engage your child’s cooperation without sarcasm or name calling. These skills will help you create a positive climate that makes cooperation possible.”

I started reading the book and am finding it hard to put down!  There are so many good ideas and techniques for communication skills.  I’m already practicing on our cats- “Tables are for eating food.  Chairs are for sitting on.”  Hmmm… They don’t seem terribly responsive but seem to be recognizing our displeasure when they hop up on the table and quickly hop back down.

So if even minimal progress can be made with cats surely there is an even higher probability of success with children and youth!

Call or email the office to register, 908-927-0601,, and I’ll order some extra copies of the book to go along with the workbooks already on hand.  The first session is Wednesday January 23, 7-9 p.m.