Why tone of voice may be more important than the words used

Child Development Specialist Gila Brown, MA, explains why tone of voice may be more important than the words used when speaking to your young child
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Why tone of voice may be more important than the words used

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They say that 90 percent of communication is non-verbal. That means our tone of voice and our gestures are actually speaking louder than our words. This cannot be more true when we are talking to kids. We forget that the world looks so vastly different for them than it does for us. The words that we use, same thing, they don't hear them in the same way. In many cases, they don't even necessarily understand them. So it's important that we realize that the tone of voice that we use with our kids is often speaking louder than our words are.

Child Development Specialist Gila Brown, MA, explains why tone of voice may be more important than the words used when speaking to your young child

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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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