Effective Interpersonal Communication


Carl Alasko, author of Say This, Not That.
Topic:
How to always say the right thing at the right time.
Issues: The five rules of effective communication; what to say–and not say–in stressful situations; exploring the biology behind communication; how to avoid spilling emotional blood.

Ethics for Kids

[amazon asin=157912948X&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Michael Parker, author of Talk with Your Kids.
Topic:
Conversations about ethics and more.
Issues: Where do kids get their values? Why learning to think consciously about ethics is at least important to our children as academic learning; Conversation starters about honesty, friendships, sensitivity, fairness, dedication, and more; ground rules for conversations with your kids.

Surviving Your Child’s Adolescence

[amazon asin=1118228839&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Carl Pickhardt, author of Surviving Your Child’s Adolescence.
Topic:
How to understand, and even enjoy, the rocky road to independence.
Issues: Preparing for the inevitable; a road map to early, mid-, and late adolescence; discipline that does–and doesn’t–work; why constant arguing is better than silence.


Planning for Uncomfortable-but-Important Conversations

[amazon asin=1615190783&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Sue Sanders, author of Mom, I’m Not a Kid Anymore.
Topic:
Navigating 25 inevitable conversations that arrive before you know it.
Issues: How not to be blindsided by your child’s pre-teen years; tough conversations like, “You and Dad do that?” “Did you ever smoke marijuana?” “Can I get American Eagle jeans?” and “Do these shorts make my butt look big?”

Organ Donation + Childhood Unbound + Improve Family Communication

[amazon asin=0800721888&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Todd and Tara Storch, authors of Taylor’s Gift.
Topic:
A courageous story of giving life and renewing hope.
Issues: Dealing with the question no parent every wants to hear: “Would you be willing to donate your child’s organs?” Overcoming grief at the loss of a child.

[amazon asin=1416559280&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Ron Taffel, author of Childhood Unbound.
Topic:
Saving our kids’ best selves–confident parenting in a world of change
Issues: Guiding children of all ages in ways that bring out the best in kids and parents; understanding our children in 21st century terms; how to encourage the good while steering the kids away from the bad.

[amazon asin=1884734685&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Susie Leonard Weller, author of Why Don’t You Understand.
Topic:
Improve family communication
Issues: Understanding the four basic thinking styles: Logical, Creative, Practical, and Relational; what to do when someone’s style is driving you crazy, how to parent a child who marches to a different drummer.

Encouraging Character and Curiosity + Navy Chaplains

Guest 1: Rick Ackerly, author of The Genius in Every Child.
Topic: Encouraging character, curiosity, and creativity in children.
Issues: How focusing on character, curiosity, and creativity at a young age lights the path to a successful life and academic achievement; how parents and teachers can build self-worth and confidence; the importance of allowing children to take on challenges, learn from disappointment, and take on responsibility.

Guest 2: Chaplain Dale White, CAPT, Operations Officer, Office of the Chief of Navy Chaplains. Additional Resources:

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