Why Children Don't Listen

A Guide for Parents and Teachers

Why Children Don't Listen
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224 pg

FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Parenting / General


What can you do when a child just won't listen? How we speak to one another is at the very heart of human relationships. Children are frequently much better than adults at reading between the lines and deciphering the messages we send out through body language and our tone of voice.

Here is an invaluable handbook for parents and teachers on how to communicate better with children. It covers all aspects of talking and listening to children, including speaking to children of different ages, the effect your voice has, and understanding the wider situation in which the conversation is taking place.

The author translates the theory into practical, everyday solutions. She argues that it's not what we say, but how we say it—and more important, how well we listen to the answers—that matters.


“A wonderfully helpful book for every parent. Many readers will be familiar with the everyday challenge of getting up, eating breakfast and getting children to school on time. This provides a microcosm of family life.... One of the most useful models relates to speaking, listening and understanding.... Overall, this is an invaluable resource for increasing self-awareness and harmony within families.” —The Scientific and Medical Network Review, winter 2006/07 

“This is an invaluable handbook for parents and teachers on how to communicate better with children...the book includes a series of exercises that can be used to help us communicate more effectively. A useful and thought provoking read for the conscious parent.” —The Green Parent, Jan. 2007 

“I think this book is worth a read regardless of how well you think you communicate with your child.” —Education Otherwise, Feb. 2007 

“An invaluable book on how to communicate better with children.” —Kindling, summer 2007

Author Bio

Monika Kiel-Hinrichsen, born in 1956, has many years' experience as a teacher and a communication consultant. She leads seminars, lectures, and is an educational and couples counselor working in the areas of mediation and biography work. She also heads the Ipsum Institute for Education, Sensory, and Media Ecology in Bonn. She is married with five children and lives in Switzerland.