So I was excited to get my hands on Knost's first book, which I consider an excellent gentle parenting guide. (You can learn more about the author and her first book here.) And then she released a second book and I'm thinking...what more needs to be said? Is this going to be a complicated book, like a follow up to the first?
I was pleasantly surprised. Whispers Through Time isn't harder to read or more complicated. It's a simple yet captivating book that guides you through the various forms of communication between parent and child. Using her talent for keeping things simple and clear (which makes for easy mommy reading during baby naps!) Knost lays out each developmental stage of the child through forms of communication.
What a GREAT idea and GREAT resource for all parents! Whether you are new to parenting or think you've spent considerable time studying this kind of information, you will definitely find insight. Positive and negative communication roles are listed, along with discussion on why children communicate in certain ways and how to resolve problematic situations. Or, breaking out of the euphemisms, when your child is whining, shouting, "I HATE YOU" and slamming doors or lying to your face, this book tells you why and how to help.
This is a book that every parent deserves to read. You will not only enrich your parent/child communication but I bet you'll be using these insights to communicate with everyone around you!
Best-selling parenting and children’s book author, L.R.Knost, is an independent child development researcher and founder and director of the advocacy and consulting group, Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources. A mother of six, her children range from 25- years down to 25-months-old. Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages and Whispers Through Time: Communication Through the Ages and Stages of Childhood are the first in her Little Hearts Handbooks series of parenting guides. The next book in the series, The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline is due to be released November 2013. Other works by this award-winning author include the children's picture books A Walk in the Clouds, Petey’s Listening Ears, and the soon-to-be-released Grumpykins series for ages 2 to 6, which are humorous and engaging tools for parents, teachers, and caregivers to use in implementing gentle parenting techniques in their homes and schools.