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 conversation. If your relationship is special, you have more potential to influence your kids and teach them how to be confident, effective adults.

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.

Named Best Parenting Book of 2012, 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.

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.
— excerpt from 10 Powerful Things to Say to Your Kids by Paul Axtell

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