Our everyday language is not adequate for communicating meaningfully with children. To reach children and to reduce parental frustration, we need a new mode of relating to children, including new ways of conversing with them,"" says the author. His approach to old concerns while not new, is contemporarily oriented in psychotherapeutic insights and techniques. He explores the real meanings of children's conversations, which the parent must learn to answer; the problems of praise and punishment; self-defeating responses; how children learn responsibility and independence; discipline (permissiveness means accepting the childishness of children); dealing with jealousy; sources of anxiety in children; sex education (which starts with the parents' attitude toward their own sensuality); sexual role and social function. There are concluding chapters on children and parents in need of professional aid, with references. The helping hand may be somewhat heavy, but the earnest parent not already initiated in the Freudian outlook will find it of value.