Verbal First Aid: Help Your Kids Heal from Fear and Pain--and Come Out Strong
Words as Medicine What to say to your children to get them through the bumps, bruises, and crises of childhood.
Falling off a bike, having a bad dream, getting stitches...sometimes a kiss isn't enough to make it all better. But what you say to your child in those first moments of pain or fear could make all the difference.
Using techniques the authors have taught to doctors, nurses, and first responders, Verbal First Aid(tm) explains how words can be used to promote healing from burns, bruises, nightmares, asthma attacks, and more. It provides scripts and tips on how to short-circuit traumatic memories, sometimes just by speaking a sentence or two.
This revolutionary book gives parents the responses they need to immediately stabilize their children's emotions. And these methods will build a foundation of confidence and inner strength that will help kids heal at the deepest level, and weather whatever hardships and difficulties they encounter throughout life.
By David A Springer - June 26, 2010
Thirty years of parenting and pediatric practice could not have been more beautifully stated than in Verbal First Aide. All those times you know you said the wrong thing could have been avoided had the straight-forward, easily learned techniques described by Prager and Costa been practiced. A must read for every parent, health provider, or curious "child". Love, attention., and compassion will certain make our worlds better places.
David Springer, MD MPH Seattle, Washington
Makes me a stronger parent
By Miata Edoga "Artist's Financial Coach" - June 23, 2010
I have to admit that on the whole I am someone who avoids parenting manuals. I just feel like there is so much conflicting information that I could drive myself absolutely crazy instead of following my instincts. But lately I've experienced some of those sleepless nights - lying awake worrying that I said the wrong thing to one of my children after a nightmare, a fall or any other stressful situation. As an adult, it is easy to forget and therefore dismiss how traumatic these things can be when you're small. I am so grateful to have come across this book. I feel it has given me the confidence that comes with knowing I have the tools to handle the inevitable hardships all children face. This book teaches you to respond in ways that not only promote healing but also help to make your children stronger. I believe it is such an important read for all parents!
By dr magic "pediatrician" - March 2, 2011
This book taps the potential of all of us to help children deal with stressful or painful issues. I feel about it, however, that, just as with other helpful books, it could have been half as long - giving advice for specific situations just pads the book.