How to communicate effectively with kids

Child Development Specialist Gila Brown, MA, shares advice with parents on the best methods to communicate effectively with your children
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How to communicate effectively with kids

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The best way to communicate with kids is beginning with understanding, understanding what it is that they're saying, what the world looks like from their perspective and the truth is, kids are not usually as insightful or articulate or even introspective as we would like them to be. The truth is so are a lot of adults but in terms of responding to kids, the best way to really effectively communicate with them is helping them understand what's going on for them, helping them understand where their behaviors are coming from, and respond to those feelings. And sometimes, they needs us to be their voice, to articulate that for them.

Child Development Specialist Gila Brown, MA, shares advice with parents on the best methods to communicate effectively with your children

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Gila Brown, MA, MFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist/ Parenting Expert

A middle school teacher turned child development specialist, Gila Brown, MA, MA, is the creator of Harmony Rules: How to Parent Confidently and Raise Super Kids.  With over 15 years of experience working with kids of all ages, Gila has helped countless parents transform life at home, enjoying a greater sense of peace and more rewarding relationships with their kids. Known for her fluency in ‘kid-speak’, Gila helps parents who are facing regular power struggles by giving them tools and strategies to respond with positive discipline and effective communication.

After receiving her BA from USC, Gila began her career in museum education and family programming.  She went on to receive her MA in human development from Pacific Oaks College, along with a teaching credential. After years of classroom teaching, Gila shifted gears deciding that she could best help kids by helping their parents. As a child development specialist, Gila earned an MA in clinical psychology from Antioch University. Her expertise and background in both education and psychology give her a unique perspective on child behavior and the family system.

Gila is in private practice in Beverly Hills where she works with individual adults and parents.  She also specializes in working with families coping with divorce. Gila teaches parenting workshops through numerous schools and parenting organizations.

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