Understanding the questions your child is asking

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Understanding the questions your child is asking

Kids love asking questions and why shouldn't they? The world is fantastic things. It's full of fancy things and new colors and shapes and things that change and things that move. If we were new to this planet Earth, we would have a lot of questions, too. It's important when kids are asking questions, to find out what it really is that they really want to know. I once heard a boy ask his dad on a plane, "Dad, how are planes made?" He was probably about four. It's important that we get clarification from kids, what do they really want to know because I am certain that kid didn't need a whole lecture on engineering. Asking for clarification is a first step. What is the real question we are asking here? Parcel the information out in small bits. Kids don't really need a full explanation of how a plane is made. They just need little bits of information, and let them ask for more when they have more questions.

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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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