The Family Action Network is sponsoring a webinar, “What Do You Say? How to Talk with Kids to Build Motivation, Stress Tolerance, and a Happy Home,” with authors William Stixrud, Ph.D. and Ned Johnson, beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 on Zoom.
FAN is giving away copies of “What Do You Say?” to guests randomly selected from the Zoom attendance report. The event is free and open to the public, suitable for ages 12 and up. Registration is required.
If you’re a parent, you have likely had conversations that have shocked you with how badly they went. The same kid who asked “why” nonstop at age 4 suddenly stops talking to you around age 12. And the conversations that you wish you could have – ones fueled by your desire to see your kid not just safe and healthy, but passionately engaged – feel painfully impossible to execute. But effective communication can be cultivated, learned and taught. As you get better at this, so will your kids.
Dr. Stixrud and Johnson have 60 years combined experience talking to kids one-on-one. The most common question they get when speaking to parents and educators is: What do you say? While many adults understand the importance and power of the philosophies behind the books that dominate the parenting bestseller list, parents are often left wondering how to put those concepts into action.
In their latest book, the authors show how to engage in respectful and effective dialogue, beginning with defining and demonstrating the basic principles of listening and speaking. They share new ways to handle specific, thorny topics of the sort that usually end in parent/kid standoffs: delivering constructive feedback to kids, discussing boundaries around technology, explaining sleep and their brains, the anxiety of current events and family problem-solving.
Dr. Stixrud is a clinical neuropsychologist and faculty member at Children’s National Medical Center and George Washington University Medical School. Johnson is the founder of PrepMatters and a speaker and teen coach for study skills, parent-teen dynamics and anxiety management. They are the bestselling co-authors of “The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives.”
The event, co-sponsored by several local organizations, will be recorded and available later on FAN’s website and YouTube channel. For more information, visit www.familyactionnetwork.net.
Source: Family Action Network