One of the most amazing book ever written about active listening and positive parenting, How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk is the first, most recommended reading for parents who want to improve their parenting. The book is genius work, including simple yet really useful drawings and cartoons to show parent-child interactions, and what to do and not do to help your child grow. A must read.
Here are some samples of the clear, well designed cartoons one can find in this book to illustrate the dos and don’t of attachment parenting:
From the same authors, another great book is Sibling Rivalery. The following cartoon is a sample of the kind of great advice one can find in this book:
This PDF summarizes the book’s advices regarding parenting and communication.
These books were written by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish, two psychologist who studied with and used the work of the late psychologist and child specialist Dr. Haim Ginott.
Dr Ginott is the author of Between parent and child, his bestseller book that started a whole new approach to parenting, based on communication rather than discipline. Later, his daughter helped to actualize his book and wrote Between parent and teenager.
The following quotes from Dr. Ginott help understanding how this different approach to parenting challenges the popular typical ideas regarding child rearing:
“When a child hits a child, we call it aggression.
When a child hits an adult, we call it hostility.
When an adult hits an adult, we call it assault.
When an adult hits a child, we call it discipline.”
– Dr. HainGinott