When I received an email asking if I would like to review the book “Listen to Me Please” by Ava Parnass RN, MSN, CS & Dr. Ron Taffel the timing was perfect. After being home with the kids for a couple of weeks, they were wearing on me – and time outs and frustration were the name of the game that day.
Listen to Me Please Time in Not Time Out is a great book that helps children to describe how they are feeling and opens the door to discussion about it. It helps them express themselves through its pictures so that they can make themselves understood. So instead of a frustrated child, you have one that feels heard. (especially nice when they are younger and just don’t have the words to put to how they feel right when you ask them)
The idea is to find quiet time to sit down together and look through the book’s 15 pictures. There are conversation starters and plenty of parenting tips provided. Giving your child the opportunity to share the picture that describes their day, allows you time to sit together and discuss it. If your child cannot choose one, you can help by finding one that fits in with how the day has gone (i.e. learning to play nicely together – one I think fits here at home after a day of sibling rivalry)
In our lives, there isn’t always a lot of time to just sit down and be – to really connect with our kids. We’re so busy trying to keep up with the craziness that sometimes these special and important moments get left out. And we all need them – both us and the kids. I like how this is acknowledged and how the book isn’t just for kids – it’s a tool for parents, too. And in my overwhelming world, I love that it gives me tips to make positive changes in myself. That kind of fits in with my philosophy this year so it’s right on the mark for me. Being a better parent is always a good thing!
Overall, I’m really pleased with the book. The boys like it, too. My four year old likes to share with me and the book is really helpful for chatting about his day. (heard at the dinner table this week..."so Mom, how was your day?" said very seriously and with great attentiveness to my answer) My two year old likes to tell me about the pictures – he’s a bit young for the intent, but he’s getting there. They like the drawings and I like the intent.
For More information on this book and how to purchase it (as well as other books and great kids songs) – go to http://www.listentomeplease.com/
And thanks to the generosity of Ms. Ava Parnass, I have a digital copy of the book Listen to Me Please and a bonus song to give away to one of my readers! Here’s how:
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