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How to Talk so Kids Will Listen
& Listen so Kids Will Talk

A 7-week Parenting Workshop

On Wednesdays, from October 11th to November 22nd 2023

Parenting comes with many challenges and can be frustrating! You may be tired of repeating yourself, feeling out of control, and wondering how to get your children to do what you want them to do or to stop them from doing what you don’t want them to do.
We can help! Come and join our supportive group to learn tools that will help you improve your communication and your relationship with your children.

Join our new group for parents and carers led by psychologist Vanessa Kurdi, PhD, and doctoral student Rose Varin, BA. This research-backed workshop is based on Faber and Mazlish’s book How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen so Kids Will Talk.


For 6-10 parents and carers of children 6 to 12 years old.


Wednesday evenings from 7 pm to 9:30 pm, starting on October 11, 2023, for a total of 7 workshops.


Connecte Montreal Psychology, 4203 St Catherine St. West Suite 202, Westmount, QC, H3Z 1P6.

Total of 680$ (tax-free; book included)

Contact us for information and to register before October 6th at parents.psy@gmail.com


This workshop helps parents improve their parenting practices and increase their children’s emotional well-being (see references below).

** Training limited to 6-10 parents**

Each 2.5h workshop will include interactive activities and learning about how to:

Help children deal with difficult emotions
Engage their cooperation
Find alternatives to punishment
Encourage their autonomy & self-discipline
Give praise & criticism
Free children from playing roles

For more on parenting from Vanessa, read her latest Connecte blog on considerate parenting, Punishment: why do we use it and what can we do instead?

What others have said about this workshop:

  • “The knowledge and techniques from the course have helped me feel free from some of the repetitive battles I was having with my children which were making us all so angry and me feeling so guilty. At first, it felt strange to put the techniques into practice, but I was amazed how effective they could be and how they can de-escalate the familiar arguments. I feel like it will continue to be useful until my children are much older.” – Parent of two children under 7 y.o.
  • “Everything was excellent and very helpful! Particularly enjoyed the role plays – it’s not often we get a chance to act the child! I learned that by not pre-judging situations and expecting trouble (not trapping my child in a role), our whole relationship has become more relaxed.” – Parent of a 12-year-old
  • “I enjoyed having the space to reflect on my parenting style and it has definitely had a positive impact on my relationship with my kids (and their relationship to me and one another). The main lesson I will retain from the workshop is that my children are autonomous people; it has helped me see things from their point of view.” – Parent of two children under 7 y.o.

For more information and to register please email Vanessa and Rose at parents.psy@gmail.com

  • Faber, A., & Mazlish, E. (2000).  How to talk so kids will listen & listen so kids will talk (updated). Scribner.

For further information about the workshop’s efficacy, please see:

  • Joussemet, M., Mageau, G. A., & Koestner, R. (2014). Promoting optimal parenting and children’s mental health: A preliminary evaluation of the how-to parenting program. Journal of child and family studies, 23(6), 949-964. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-013-9751-0 
  • Joussemet, M., Mageau, G. A., Larose, M.-P., Briand, M., & Vitaro, F. (2018). How to talk so kids will listen & listen so kids will talk: A randomized controlled trial evaluating the efficacy of the how-to parenting program on children’s mental health compared to a wait-list control group. BMC Pediatrics, 18(1), 257. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12887-018-1227-3
  • Mageau, G. A., Joussemet, M., Paquin, C., & Grenier, F. (2022). How-to-parenting-program: Change in parenting and child mental health over one year. Journal of child and family studies, 31(12), 3498-3513. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-022-02442-7 


About the author

Vanessa Kurdi completed her doctorate in psychology at the Université de Montréal in the Child and Adolescent division, worked as a research fellow at the University of Reading (UK) and Doshisha University (Japan) and is a psychologist at Connecte Montreal Psychology Group. The team at Connecte loves writing about ways to boost our mental health and bring psychology into our everyday lives. For more helpful tips, check out Connecte’s blogs, podcast, follow @connectepsychology on Instagram or like us on Facebook.