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How to Talk So Kids Will Listen

Thursday, May 23 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm AT

How can you communicate more effectively with the children you work with?  What is the attitude and language that promotes a caring, respectful relationship?

This workshop will focus on communication principles and practical skills that can be put to immediate use to make relationships and interactions with children more satisfying. Through a lively combination of lecture, discussion, written exercises, and role-playing, participants will learn to:

- Help children deal with their negative feelings 

- Engage children’s cooperation without bribes or threats

- Encourage children to assume responsibility

- Resolve conflicts creatively

- Set limits while maintaining goodwill

The How To Talk approach is respectful and supportive of both adults and children and best of all, effective. Attendees will leave with handouts full of useful techniques that they can immediately put into practice at home and at work.

This workshop is an interactive, hands-on experience, based on the best-selling books “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk”  by award-winning authors Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, and the new best-sellers “How to Talk So LITTLE Kids Will Listen” and “How To Talk When Kids Won’t Listen” by Joanna Faber and Julie King

It will be fun for all!

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Joanna Faber

Joanna Faber is the author, along with Julie King, of the book, How To Talk When Kids Won’t Listen, as well as the best-selling book How To Talk So Little Kids Will Listen, which has been translated into 28 languages worldwide.  Joanna and Julie created the companion app, HOW TO TALK: Parenting Tips in Your Pocket, as well as the app Parenting Hero.


Joanna also wrote a new afterword for the thirtieth anniversary edition of the classic book, How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids WiIl Talk, co-authored by her mother, Adele Faber.


Joanna contributed heavily to her mother’s book, How to Talk So Kids Can Learn at Home and in School, with her frontline experience in the classroom as a bilingual special education teacher in West Harlem.   


Joanna lectures and conducts workshops across the U.S. and internationally for parents, educators, and other professionals who work with children. She and her husband raised three sons in the Hudson Valley region of New York, along with dogs, cats, and an assortment of chickens. Visit her at


Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Comfort and calm children who are under stress with an approach that acknowledges children’s feelings using words, fantasy, and creative expression

  • Engage the cooperation of children who are feeling recalcitrant or combative by use of choices and playfulness 

  • Encourage responsibility by putting the child in charge, and using creative problem-solving

  • Set limits and take action without damaging the relationship with a child

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