25. Communication Tools for Connection (Part 2), with Laurie Donahue

This podcast is all about a special kind of communication, that is Communication for Connection. This communication spills out into many other forms of communication but the main focus of this communication is to build trust and a bond with your child. This series explores the tools of this communication and in this episode, we give a few ideas for conversation starters.

00:00   Introduction
01:31   Using their language, but be understandable
02:57   Communicate God's character
04:14   Tell stories
03:55    Best time for a connection
05:47   Connection time is not a teaching time
07:21   How to react when you hear something you don't like
08:13   Affirm them and validate their identity
09:51   Close of connection time
10:55   Don't repeat your conversations
12:20   Conversation starters- Emojis
14:44   Build a story
16:09   Tell the story of the day
16:58   Final words

Laurie Donahue has written/co-written 6 books for children. Five of them were published by Lifesong Publishers. (Laurie's publishing company) She has a lifetime California Community College teaching credential. She has been a conference speaker and blogger and has taught in children's programs most of her life. But her best education of all is raising 4 daughters and enjoying 8 wonderful grandchildren. She has been married to Tim for almost 45 years and has accompanied him on many international medical mission trips as a translator and pharmacy assistant.

Laurie has written and recorded a parenting video course called Discipline with Dignity. It is available for purchase for less than the cost of a book. And with it comes 2 meetings on Zoom, lasting 45 minutes each, to discuss the strategies further. You can get that course here.

Laurie talks about the 10 Tips to Lead Gently pdf download. You can get that pdf here.

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