What Not To Say is geared toward parents or caregivers with children aged 1-6. As the mother to twin 4 year olds, I can appreciate the challenges of this age group. This age group is wonderfully interesting and funny but can also be stubborn and reactive...my boys are certainly the toughest bosses I have ever had! I could not wait to crack into this book!
Right away I recognized many of the common expressions listed as either something I have said or have heard another parent say to their child. For instance how about the old stand by "Because I said so"? This one doesn't really work does it, but we all know someone who has said or we ourselves have uttered it. MacLaughlin explains that by using this we dismiss our child's feelings and close the lines of communication. Sure, the steady fire of questions from a pre-schooler can be a bit draining at times but isn't it far more satisfying (for them and us!) to answer their questions rather than cut them off? What about "There's nothing to be afraid of?". Of course there are things in the world to be afraid of...aren't we all afraid of something (BEARS!!)?? Instead of dismissing our child's fears we should address them and find a way to navigate them.
Those are just two of the expressions addressed in this book but each and every one gave me pause and made me think about what I say to the kids and how I say it. What Not To Say is broken up into easy to navigate sections and many of the common expressions include book suggestions for your child to help drive positive points home and address any tough times they may be going through.
What Not To Say earns huge points from me and I happily recommend this book for anyone with young children. This book really helps you to understand you child, understand how your words can affect him//her and give you pointers on how to make more meaningful connections. I think we all want our interactions with your children to be joyful ones and Sarah MacLaughlin gives some solid tips for helping you to do that. A must read!
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