Communication with Your Child
We may know intellectually that all behavior is communication, but converting that awareness into practice so we can read our child’s cues and effectively communicate to them is a whole other story. Yet committing to becoming “fluent” in our child’s unique language— understanding how they express their emotions, needs, and wants, as well as how they receive our messages—allows us to deepen our relationship with our child. Ultimately, we want to develop our own child-to-parent “dictionary” so we can unlock genuine opportunities for learning, connection, and growth, help the family run more smoothly, and ensure no one’s signals get lost in translation.
Debbie Reber is a New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who moved her career in a more personal direction in 2016 when she founded TiLT Parenting, a website, weekly podcast, and social media community for parents like her who are raising differently wired children. The TiLT Parenting Podcast has grown to be a top podcast in iTunes’ Kids and Family category, with more than 400,000 downloads and a slate of guests that includes high-profile thought leaders across the parenting and education space. Debbie’s newest book is Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World(Workman Publishing, 2018). Prior to launching TiLT, Debbie spent fifteen years writing inspiring books for women and teens, and ten years working in TV and video production, including working on Blue’s Clues for Nickelodeon and developing original series for Cartoon Network. She has an MA in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research and a BA in Communications from Pennsylvania State University. In 2013, Debbie moved from Seattle to Amsterdam, where she currently lives with her husband Derin and homeschools her 13-year-old son Asher.