Dealing with the tough stuff
Welcome to carnival day 4! We hope you have read something that spoke to you and you are ready to try some new gentle techniques in your home. Today’s authors look at some specific situations that many parents face and give us a gentle approach to resolution.
In “Parenting Gently through the Preschool Phase“, Attached Moms discuss the transition from an attached parent of a baby to a gentle parent of a preschooler, complete with a sense of self and the ability to carry out their actions.
The Natural Parenting Mentors at Natural Parents Network address a reader’s challenging question in “Toddler Discipline and Balancing Needs“. See three different answers chock full of practical examples to this question:
“…I am struggling right now with the fact that sometimes [my son's] wants and needs conflict with mine. I want to be able to say yes most of the time, and I want to model for him that both of our needs matter. He’s too little to understand reasoning though, and he doesn’t have much patience for waiting at this stage. For instance, I would like to be able to sit down on the floor next to him and eat a meal for at least five minutes, but I almost never get to do that because he pulls on my hand and says, “Mama up,” and tries to get me to go somewhere else in the house, hold him, or both. Also, sometimes I need to cook, do laundry, or check my email (with my attention diverted from him for literally five minutes at the most) but he wants all of my attention all of the time he’s awake. Any thoughts, ideas, or comments? …”
In “With Spit onMy Face and Love in My Heart“, by MomeeZen and “3 Common Preschooler Behaviors and 3 Ways to Deal with Them (While Connecting with Your Child) by Dionna at Code Name: Mama we learn how to put Gentle Discipline to the test in challenging situations and come out on the other end maintaining the connection to our kids and teaching them something along the way (and don’t forget you can enter to win Dionna’s book! Click here to enter to win an art print and other prizes).
And finally, join the discussion with Jennifer at PracticalOHMommy about the things that you find challenging about Gentle Discipline and why all the extra work is so worth it in the end in “The Hardest Part of Gentle Discipline is…“.
Please join us all week, June 25-June30, 2012, as we explore the world of gentle, effective parenting. We have new posts each day by talented authors providing us with insight into why gentle parenting is worth your time and how to implement it on a daily basis.
We are also giving away several parenting book and other goodies from our sponsors this week. Please stop by and enter to win!
This year’s beautiful motherhood artwork is by Patchwork Family Art. Visit the store to see all her work.