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The Engaging Child: Rasing Children to Have Relationship Skills beyond Technology

The Engaging Child: Rasing Children to Have Relationship Skills beyond Technology

No. 9250

Raising Children to Speak, Write, and Have Relationship Skills beyond Technology.

by Maribeth Kuzmeski, with Lizzie Kuzmeski

Your kids have their Facebook skills down pat, but it's their face-to-face skills that will matter most in the future.

Email. Texting. Social media. These tools are changing the way an entire generation interacts. They encourage faceless, fragmented communication and shallow relationships. And yet, increasingly, our global economy rewards only those who can engage, connect, persuade, and hold crucial conversations—the antithesis of what kids practice every day.

Of course, technology is here to stay (and in many ways that s a good thing). But it doesn't have to shape how your kids experience their most critical relationships. As a parent, you can foster the critical connecting skills that so often get neglected in the Internet Age. In this thought-provoking book, Maribeth Kuzmeski explains how you can help them:

Develop the empathy they'll need to become true connectors
Master the lost art of curious listening
Cultivate critical leadership and problem-solving skills
Write clearly and persuasively
Speak to individuals and groups with confidence
Use day-to-day events from ordering meals to making appointments to selling school fundraising items as opportunities to practice connecting

Plus, the author's teenage daughter, Lizzie, contributes several chapters aimed at helping kids communicate with their parents and form stronger bonds with peers and adults.

The Engaging Child helps you give the people you love the the most the skills they'll need the most—those that will help them grow into happy, confident, successful adults. (201 pp.)


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