Every parent wishes that newborns came with an instruction manual. This book guides parents through one aspect of raising their kids: creating wonderful, lasting relationships through power of conversation. If your relationship is special, you have more potential to influence your kids and teach them how to be confident, resilient, kind, and successful adults. The second edition incorporates the latest research as well as stories from parents who have put his advice to the test with their own children.
A consultant and trainer who works with Fortune 500 companies and others, Axtell has long believed the key to having great relationships—whether in the workplace or at home—is paying attention to your conversations. He’s taught corporate executives, university deans, elementary school teachers, and assembly line workers how to look at their conversations in a new light. In this book, he shines that light on family relationships.
Winner of a 2018 National Parenting Product Award and named Best Parenting Book by both the 2018 Book Excellence Awards and the 2012 Independent Publisher Awards, Ten Powerful Things to Say to Your Kids empowers parents to be more conscious of what they say and how they speak to their kids. It provides simple, straightforward ideas for making deeper, more meaningful connections that will last forever. As father to two wonderful adults and grandfather to thirteen in his blended family, Axtell knows it’s never too late to work on creating great relationships with the kids in your life.
— excerpt from 10 Powerful Things to Say to Your Kids by Paul Axtell“Your words and conversations create your reality, your future, and your relationships. What you talk about—or don’t talk about—defines your relationship. ...The primary conversations that surround your children are your conversations—both with them directly and with others while your children are present. And those are the conversations you have the power to change.”
Praise for New Edition: Ten Powerful Things to Say to Your Kids
Elena Epstein, National Parenting Product Awards Director“A terrific book filled with positive and easy to follow tips and ideas for parents. Being a parent is the most important role we have, and this book reminds us that our words do matter.”
Elizabeth Breau, ForeWord Reviews“This book’s insights come in bite-size nuggets that will stay with readers for far longer than the fleeting time it will take to read, but they contain potent tools for improving relationships with children of every age.”
Donna Hughes, retired nurse, Davenport, IA“This book should come with every newborn. The new parents would be grateful—and so would their children.”