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Let's Talk to Our Kids: Successful Communication with Your Child
by Debbie King Maybray, MS, LMFT, LPC, CART
and Bill J. LaBauve, Ed.D., LPC, NCC
We could all benefit from improving our communication skills. But when it comes to our children-especially in their early, pre-teen, and teenage years-our modes of communication have more impact than we know. Authors Debbie King Mabray and Bill LaBauve ask us to recognize that the way we interact with our kids-and even other adults-shapes many aspects of youth development.
Let's Talk to Our Kids takes an eye-opening, positive look at these issues, offering gentle reminders and suggestions for improving our patterns, bonding, and creating an open, encouraging environment. In addition to insights into how negative behavior spawns negative behavior-and what to do about it-special attention is paid to important topics such as the angry child, the controlling child, and children with special needs. In so doing, Mabray and LaBauve deliver valuable illustrations of the often misunderstood messages adult behavior sends as well as what youthful actions may be trying to express. By bridging the gap between parent and child, not only will you form a more meaningful relationship with your children, but you'll also help increase their chances for successful relationships and endeavors throughout their lives.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Debbie King Mabray holds a B.S. in psychology from Texas A&M University and an M.S. in counseling psychology from Tarleton State University. As a practicing therapist, her specialties include teens, depression, and family therapy. With eight other books under her belt, this author and therapist is also a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the Texas Women's Leadership Coalition, Inc. She enjoys gardening, outdoor activities, and family time in addition to her work with the Special Needs Network of Central Texas.
Bill J. LaBauve earned a bachelor's degree in general studies from Louisiana State University and a master of arts in general counseling from Louisiana Tech University before pursuing his doctorate in counseling, with specializations in marriage and family therapy and child therapy, from Texas A&M University-Commerce. An assistant professor of counseling psychology at Tarleton State University, he is also a member of the American Counseling Association, Texas Counseling Association, Texas Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors, and Mid-Texas Counseling Association. He enjoys traveling, spending time with children, sports, fitness, and outdoor activities. This is his second book as co-author with Ms. Mabray.