Before I read How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, my communication with my children left a lot to be desired. As a mother of two I have faced many of the frustrations that come with parent-child communication, from power struggles to tantrums. Faber and Mazlish's astounding text took my communication efforts to new levels by introducing me to a means of talking to my children that I had not considered before. Although I have always considered myself to be a good mom, some of the approaches I took towards resolving situations like tantrums and arguments were actually making the situation worse. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk brought an entirely new approach to our family home. Rather than condescending to my children, lecturing, and demoralizing them through harsh words, I learned to adapt my approach so that they were treated as equals. Simple language adaptations allowed me to do this, and although I struggled to drop my old habits at first, I eventually learned to communicate in a way that changed our family home for the better. Faber and Mazlish encourage respect, non-patronizing language, cooperation, praise and, an empowering approach to talking and listening to children. After reading their book, I felt as though much of it was common sense.