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The Art of Talking with Children Rebecca Rolland

Science has shown that the best way to help our kids become independent, kind, and happy is by talking with them. And yet we often find ourselves distracted, exhausted, or at a loss as to how to have meaningful conversations.

On today’s episode we talk to As a speech pathologist, writer, and Harvard lecturer, Rebecca Rolland is passionate about the power of language and conversation to enhance our relationships.

In her latest book, The Art of Talking with Children and her approach, she shows you how to enrich your interactions with the kids in your life and build the skills kids really need to thrive. Rebecca  talks about meaningful conversations as a “double promise.” They build your bond with kids in the moment, and they help kids become kinder, confident, and more creative.

What You’ll Learn

4:47 Interview Begins

5:33 Rebecca’s Family
Rebecca shares a little about her family. She is raising her kids bilingual, English & French.

13:09 The Rich Talk Framework

Rebecca Rolland shares an ABC framework in which you can enrich conversations with your kids.

15:20 Talk About Anything

Larry asks Rebecca a question about how to avoid as a parent thinking that all conversations must have a purpose. She explains that we tipically as parents, try to go through a checklist, like when your kids come after school, how was your day, what did you learn, etc, and the secret is to have a conversation that goes both ways, and not just asking questions in which the child feels you are prying into their life.

18:44 Tantrums by Age

Dr. Rebecca Rolland talks about how we can better communicate through tantrums. A younger child for example, we can walk through understanding their emotion in the moment, asking them about their facial expressions, etc.

Rebecca Rolland’s Links


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