How to Talk to Kids To Get Them To Do Almost Everything

Do you wish you knew how to talk to kids to get them to do what you want? Are supermarket tantrums, endless arguments, sibling squabbles and mealtime nightmares the norm in your house? Then Alicia Eaton’s new book “Words that Work: How to Get Kids to Do Almost Anything” could be what you are looking for. Find out what mum of 2, Jill, though of the new book:

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How the Book is Described

There’s nothing more exhausting than chasing after children and constantly repeating yourself, is there?  Too many parents and teachers, for that matter, struggle to get their requests heard, understood and taken seriously – kids just don’t seem to be able to do as they’re told nowadays.

Well, stop for a moment and just imagine a life where you could have much more control over:

  • Embarrassing supermarket tantrums
  • Sibling fights that drive you mad
  • Arguments about mobile phones and screen time
  • Fussy-eating and bedtime chaos

Sounds too good to be true?

In this book, author Alicia Eaton, a leading Harley Street Hypnotherapist and a Practitioner in Neuro-linguistic Programming, explains how easy it can be to get kids to co-operate, simply by changing the vocabulary you use and the structure of your sentences.

She demonstrates how powerful words are when you know about NLP’s ‘language of persuasion and influence’ – and also shares the secret to slipping a little ‘hypnotic influence’ into day-to-day conversations.

What Jill Thought of the Book

Words That Work Front cover portraitI found this book very easy to read, which is always a good start with “help” books. You don’t want to be trudging your way through a text. Instead, “Words that Work” is set out in chapters that cover topics like

  • Homework
  • Fussy Eating
  • Sleep and Bedtime problems,

in other words, the most common areas that parents struggle with.

There are examples as well as short exercises to go through yourself as you work your way through the book, and plenty of common sense. There’s also a 21 Day Success Journal section at the end of the book with the idea of implementing the strategies to show yourself that you are making progress towards being successful.

What Alicia is doing as you go through the book is showing you clearly what words don’t work and then what words do work in their place. And it completely makes sense on so many levels, and I really liked the suggestions she made for how to word things and to explain things to children.

Alicia also intersperses the theory and examples with stories from her own life and experience, and this only makes the suggested approaches more feasible and real – if she had that same issue and overcame it then so can I. The other nice thing is that she makes you want your parenting and time with your children to be fun instead of argumentative all the time, and that’s the way it should be.

I honestly think “Words that Work” could end up being one of those parenting go-to books, it’s that good. I would recommend it to anyone who feels they need help with changing their children’s behaviour.

Words That Work: How to Get Kids to Do Almost Anything by Alicia Eaton is available priced £12.99. For more information see

About the author: Alicia Eaton is a fully qualified Psychotherapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner based in London’s Harley Street helping both adults and children change habits and behaviours for the better. Originally a Montessori Teacher who ran her own School, she’s also the best-selling author of “Fix Your Life with NLP” (Simon & Schuster) and “Stop Bedwetting in 7 Days” which is recommended by NHS paediatricians.

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