Finding the Words: Talking Children through the Tough Times is for parents or carers who who want to build confidence in talking with their children about difficult subjects.
Creating good channels of communication with our children is an essential aspect of parenting, but can often be challenging. This book emphasises the importance of self-awareness: how we need to reflect on ourselves and the way we are with our children before we can begin to foster meaningful communication. It emphasises the importance of knowing our own child’s uniqueness – we, as parents and carers, need to tailor our conversations, taking account of their individuality.
Drawing on the author’s extensive professional experience, this book also focuses on some key areas that may be difficult for children to talk about, such as parental separation, death, bullying and sexual abuse.
Dr Rosaleen McElvaney is a lecturer in psychotherapy in Dublin City University. She has worked as a clinical psychologist in public health services in Ireland for sixteen years and specialises in helping children talk about difficult experiences. She was involved in setting up the Crime Victims Helpline and currently serves on the board of One in Four.