Voice Lessons for Parents | Wendy Mogel

Summary of: Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say it, and When to Listen
By: Wendy Mogel

Introduction

Welcome to the summary of ‘Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say it, and When to Listen’ by Wendy Mogel. This book invites you on a journey to enhance your communication skills with your children as they grow and develop. Through this summary, you will learn about the importance of patience, tonality, early language development, and adapting to the differing communication styles of boys and girls. The book also delves into tackling difficult topics, navigating the teenage years, and cooperating with other adults in a child’s life to foster a nurturing environment. With an informative and engaging approach, this summary will help you better understand your child’s world and provide valuable insights into the art of communication.

Power of Voice

Your child may be responding to your pitch, tone, volume, and choice of words when they fail to listen to you. Fortunately, voice training can make a significant difference in how your child engages you. To do this, cultivate patience by avoiding excessive eruptions and instead practice simple mindfulness techniques, such as taking deep breaths and slowing down your speech to show that you are in control. The second important skill is listening, as it shows respect and opens up communication channels with your child.

Talking to Your Baby

Humans start learning language in the womb, and communication between parent and child is crucial to a baby’s development. Speaking in “parentese,” using rhymes and lullabies, and limiting screen time can all help with language acquisition. Talking with your child, particularly during their first five years, can improve their communication skills and increase their imagination.

Effective Communication with Your Child

Watching your child grow and learn to speak is an exciting journey for parents, but it can also bring about a strong urge to constantly correct them and suggest the “right” thing to say or do. The key to effective communication with your child is to listen actively, be patient, and show genuine interest in what they have to say. Instead of giving lengthy explanations, keep your requests brief and direct. Acknowledge the importance of what your child says by repeating it and asking precise follow-up questions. Allow your child to act as your consultant when possible, and make decisions together. Building a “bank of goodwill” through these gestures of patience and interest will lead to a more cooperative child. When saying no to a request, provide context and show empathy. By meeting your child on their level, you can understand their communication style and respond sensibly.

Understanding Gender Differences in Children’s Communication Styles

It is a proven fact that boys and girls develop their language skills and communication styles differently based on neuroscience. Girls tend to mature faster in communication skills than boys. They are better listeners, speak more and at an earlier age, and are more perceptive to emotions. Young boys, on the other hand, are worse listeners and need louder speaking to get their full attention. Girls tend to speak like adults from a young age, and their verbal maturity is sometimes confused with emotional maturity. However, children of both genders require parental support in identifying personal traits and temperaments. Children should also be allowed to express themselves freely in safe environments while being guided towards necessary restrictions and choices that matter in the long term.

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