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Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite
It's a Way to Say It All: How to Communicate With Your Kids is a nonfiction book that gives guidance on how to effectively communicate with kids. Toneal M. Jackson gives useful tips to help you understand your child's growth from infancy to teenage years and everything in-between. The book explains the different ways kids communicate at different stages and why, and the author gives tips to help you communicate with them more effectively. From understanding the cries and coos of infants, the selfishness of toddlers, to the tantrums of teenagers, it is all covered. Toneal M. Jackson then goes ahead and explains why kids behave the way they do and what you can do about it. Mimicking the behaviour of a toddler and setting rules for teenagers are some of the easy and yet very useful techniques that will make communicating with your child a lot easier.
It's a Way to Say It All is short so it doesn't have unnecessary detail; it gets to the point right away and does so in a very clear way. It is a step-by-step guide on how to communicate with your child. Toneal M. Jackson acknowledges the different stages your child goes through, how these changes affect their behaviour, and gives useful tips on how to communicate effectively throughout these stages. The book is very realistic and acknowledges the fact that every child is different so there is no copy/paste formula to parenting. However, the basic rules remain the same across the board. The book gave me better understanding of why kids behave the way they do at different stages and how I can counter the behaviour through effective communication.