I am a proponent of using gentle discipline for every situation. I do not feel as if any situation warrants causing physical harm to your child and I do not think that physical harm is an affective teaching tool. In fact quite a research supports me but I'm not talking today about the pros and cons of physical punishment. What I am here to do is provide you with alternatives!
My confession is as follows: My darling daughter is now nearing seven months old. So that means I cannot yet speak from parenting experience. I do have an abundance of work related experience but I will not get into that. My intent is to arm myself with as many tools as possible so that when my daughter is old enough to need discipline I will have tools to use that do not require physical punishment. The reason I made this confession is because instead of offering gentle discipline techniques, at this point, I am going to offer you some reading material. In the future I hope to be able to provide information on said techniques.
If you feel that there is a book that needs to be added to my list or a book that does not fit the scope of gentle, natural, or attachment parenting please let me know in the comments section. Additionally if parents who have read these books want to help me create book summaries that would be very helpful.
1. Parenting with Love and Logic
2. Playful Parenting
3. Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishment to Love and Reason
4. Nonviolent Communication
5. Adventures in Gentle Discipline
6. Discipline without Distress
7. The Discipline Book (by Sears)
8. Hold on to Your Kids
9. Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids
10. How to talk so your kids will listen and listen so your kids will talk
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