How To Talk So Kids Will Listen, How To Listen So Kids Will Talk:
A Workshop for Parents

From January 16 - February 20, 2020, Wildflower School will host a 6-session parenting workshop based on the book How To Talk So Kids Will Listen, How To Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. 


The cost of the workshop is for materials only. The workbook (required by the authors that each participant purchase one) is $12.95 (but drops to $9.95 if we purchase more than 10 as a group). We can submit a group order for How To Talk So Kids Will Listen, How To Listen So Kids Will Talk books as well, which will add $15.30 per book (likely you can get this used or online cheaper). There is no other cost for the workshop. Also, if the workshop book presents a financial challenge, Wildflower School will scholarship your family's participation. Just make a note of it when you email or call to enroll in the workshop.


Below is some information about the workshop. Feel free to visit the site to learn more about the book and authors (


What Do The Workshops Teach?

The goal of the How To Talk So Kids Will Listen Group workshop is to help you communicate more effectively with children.


In each session of the workshop you'll be introduced to an additional set of proven skills that will help you to cope with your child's negative feelings...engage your child's willing cooperation...discipline without hurting or your child develop a positive and realistic self-image...foster a family atmosphere of love and respect.


What Will Be Covered in Each Session?

Helping Children Deal with Their Feelings - An exploration of what happens to children when their feelings are denied. Specific skills that help children to recognize and cope with their negative feelings: disappointment, envy, frustration, resentment, anger, etc. Ways to accept children's feelings, limit unacceptable behavior, and still maintain goodwill.


Engaging Cooperation - How children react to commonly used methods to get them to cooperate: threats, warnings, orders, name-calling, sarcasm, lecturing, etc. Five ways to invite cooperation that will leave parents and children feeling good about themselves and each other.


Alternatives to Punishment - How do children normally react to punishment? Is it necessary to rely on punishment as a means of discipline? Some alternatives to punishment that enable parents to express their strong disapproval as well as encourage children to assume responsibility for their behavior.


Encouraging Autonomy - Ways to help children become separate, responsible people who can one day function on their own. Specific skills that help children to become more self-reliant.


Praise - An exploration of the kinds of praise that build a positive and realistic self-image, and the kinds that are counter-productive. A variety of ways to help our children become aware of their strengths so that they can put them into action.


Freeing Children from Playing Roles - A look at how children are sometimes cast into roles (bully, whiner, dawdler, mischief-maker, etc.) and how we can free them from playing out these roles. Six skills that help children see themselves in a different and more positive light.

To enroll, please call Shelley at 919-260-6859 or email at

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