As I’ve changed the way I parent I’ve struggled to feel equipped to discipline my children without resorting back to the punishment mentality I was raised with. I written about some of the books I’ve read in this last year, but hadn’t found anything that I felt was truly helpful in re-training my mind, and giving me new tools to use in my approach to gentle parenting. In the last 3 months, I feel as though I’ve discovered the jackpot of encouraging books through my library system. Here are the titles and what I thought of them in case you want to check them out too. Feel free to ask any questions about any of the books and I will try to answer them as best I can!
I ordered this book because of the title, and I enjoyed many aspects of it. Particularly how he advocates empathy in parenting. I like how he talks about giving your child permission to feel and teaching them how to talk about how they feel, instead of just acting out. I also liked his equating unconditional love with acceptance. Our kids need to be accepted.
The downside of this book was that it felt a bit emotionally manipulative to me? He seemed just a tad pre-occupied with appearance, being competitive, “never quitting”. Some of it seemed kind of unimportant to me. Granted, this book is aimed towards parenting children older than mine, so I may not fully get all of the reasoning behind some of his approach.
This book looks fascinating. It encourages teaching your children to be confident by giving them control in some areas of their life and helping them realize that they are competent. I really liked all the concepts. Unfortunately, this book is supposed to be for children ages 6-16, so it’s not a whole lot of use to me right now. I think I will be looking it up in the future, because from what I can tell at this point, it looks really good.
I’ll be back next week with some of my favorite discipline websites.