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Haim G. Ginott (1922-1973) was a teacher, child psychologist and psychotherapist, who worked with children and parents. He pioneered techniques for conversing with children that being taught today. His book, Between Parent and Child,[1]. stayed on the best seller list for over a year and is still popular today.

Communications Approach Edit

The following serve to illustrate Dr. Ginott's communications approach:

   *  Never deny or ignore a child's feelings. 
   *  Only behavior is treated as unacceptable, not the child.
   *  Depersonalize negative interactions by mentioning only the problem. "I see a messy room" 
   *  Attach Rules to things, e.g., "Little sisters are not for hitting."
   *  Dependence breeds hostility. Let children do for themself what they can.
   *  Children need to learn to choose but within the safety of limits. "Would you like to wear this blue shirt or this red one?"
   *  Limit criticism to a specific event - don't say 'never', 'always', e.g. "You never listen learn," "You always manage to spill things", etc.

Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish were members of a parenting group run by Dr. Ginott and state in the introduction to their book that Dr. Ginott's classes were the inspiration for the books they wrote.[2][3]


Quotes from Between Parent and Teenager Edit

  • "Rebellion follows rejection."[4]
  • "Truth for its own sake can be a deadly weapon in family relations. Truth without compassion can destroy love. Some parents try too hard to prove exactly how, where and why they have been right. This approach cannot but bring bitterness and disappointment. When attitudes are hostile, facts are unconvincing."[4] p. 38

Quotes from Teacher and Child Edit

I have come to a frightening conclusion.
I am the decisive element in the classroom.
It is my personal approach that creates the climate.
It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
As a teacher I possess tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous.
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.
I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.
In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis
will be escalated or de-escalated, and a child humanized or de-humanized[5]

BibliographyEdit

  • Between Parent and Child : The Bestselling Classic That Revolutionized Parent-Child Communication.[1]
  • Between Parent and Teenager.[4]
  • Teacher and child: A book for parents and teachers[5]

See alsoEdit

  • How to talk so kids will listen & listen so kids will talk.[2]
  • Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Dr. Haim Ginott. Between Parent and Child : The Bestselling Classic That Revolutionized Parent-Child Communication, New York: Three Rivers Press.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish; illustrations by Kimberly Ann Coe (1999). How to talk so kids will listen & listen so kids will talk, New York, N.Y: Avon books.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish. Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too, Perennial Currents.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Dr. Haim G. Ginott (1969), Between Parent and Teenager, New York, NY: Scribner. isbn=0-02-543350-4
  5. 5.0 5.1 Dr. Haim G. Ginott (1995), Teacher and child: A book for parents and teachers, New York, NY: Collier. ASIN B000KY1E6K

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