Jewish community center Chabad of Burlington and children's consignment store Boho Baby in Williston will cohost a talk and book signing with New York-based author Joanna Faber, who cowrote the parenting guide How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life With Children ages 2-7, published in 2017. The book is a follow-up to the best-selling How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, cowritten by Joanna's mother, Adele Faber. That book, first published in 1982 and called "the parenting bible" by the Boston Globe, provides advice on how to cope with children's negative feelings, encourage cooperation and resolve family conflicts peacefully. Joanna Faber and coauthor Julie King's book focuses on applying that guidance to the 2- to 7-year-old set.
The idea to bring Faber to Vermont came from Chabad of Burlington program director Draizy Junik. Chabad operates Gan Yeladim Preschool and is opening a Jewish elementary school, Tamim Academy, in the fall. Junik said she's always thinking about how to empower parents and help them better understand their children. Boho Baby owner Lisa Golding, whose son attends Gan Yeladim, said she's been eager to host an event like this. "What I love about owning a store is that all day long me and my employees talk and share and support other moms," Golding said. "I thought this was a great way to connect our village and bring people together."