Author(s): Sarah Ockwell-Smith
Discipline is a vital part of child-rearing, but many parents misunderstand how to use it and attempt to control their child's behaviour via a combination of punishment and motivation. Yet while this traditional approach may appear to produce quick results, it can potentially damage the child and, in the long-term, leave parents with a far worse problem than they had initially.
The Gentle Discipline Book analyses common 'discipline' techniques and explains why so many are ineffective. It focuses on helping parents understand why children misbehave and how to respond in a way that will help them work with - rather than against - their child. Gentle discipline focuses on teaching and learning, rather than punishing. With plenty of practical advice and case studies from real families, it will enable parents to set boundaries and enforce them with compassion and respect; demonstrates how parents can inspire children to be better and do better; and how to set a great example for them. Gentle parenting is not about being a pushover - it means understanding children and having realistic expectations of them, as well as responding appropriately and consistently.
The book covers a range of ages and the principles it contains work with toddlers, 'tweens' and teenagers equally well - because it helps parents respond to the unique needs of each individual child. As well as providing a framework that will enable parents to become experts in their own child's behaviour, The Gentle Discipline Book provides solutions to common problems such as whining and sulking, aggressive behaviour, refusal to do things, rudeness, sibling rivalry, lying, low self-esteem and a lack of confidence.