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The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline (A Little Hearts Handbook) [Paperback]

L.R. Knost
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22 Oct 2013 A Little Hearts Handbook
Written by best-selling parenting and children's book author and mother of six, L.R.Knost, 'The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline' provides parents with the tools they need to implement the Three C's of gentle discipline--Connection, Communication, and Cooperation--to create a peaceful home and a healthy parent/child relationship. Presented in bite-sized chapters perfect for busy parents and written in L.R.Knost's signature conversational style, 'The Gentle Parent' is packed with practical suggestions and real-life examples to help parents through the normal ups and downs of gentle discipline on the road to raising a generation of world changers.

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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Little Hearts Books LLC (22 Oct 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0988995832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988995833
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 12.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 3 Dec 2013
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I really liked this book, at first I thought it might be a bit wishy-washy, but by the end it really made sense.
I have being following the advice given for a couple of weeks now, and although it was tricky at first, my daughter is really responding well and I'm much calmer too. The wristband to remind me not to yell, and the 'calm me' jar for her are brilliant ideas. This book is not about a quick fix, but an ongoing process.
I've also purchased her two other books on the strength of this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gentle parent 24 Dec 2013
A brilliant book. Focuses on parenting based on compassion, connection and cooperation. A move away from the power and fear based parenting we have seen lately. The fear based parenting leads to a frazzled and lonely family. Gentle parenting leads to a functional, faithful and content family. Honour your higher self by being a gentle parent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life-changing! 28 April 2014
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I am so thrilled to have finally found a book range that actually helps you to respect and love your children as much as they deserve. This book strikes such a chord regarding feeling's of children; family respect and a loving, playful environment in which to support your family. There were many "oh my god, look what I've done to my own kids!" moments, which made me re think my behaviour. I now have a renewed empathy and patience with my gorgeous small people and their behaviour has followed my lead. I cannot thank you enough for redirecting my family away from disconnection, impatience and irritability. I now feel calmer, happier and much more receptive to their needs. I cannot recommend this book range highly enough and wish there were more!
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By charlie
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All parents could learn something from this book. It is a little aspiration all but it accepts that in the suggestions for changing one thing a month in huge back. It changed the way I thought about parenting even though I slip in to old ways all the time. This is how I would like to parent and do on my good days. It is not patronising in tone and I felt was set out ok. You will enjoy reading it if you are interested in this style of parenting and learn something even if you are not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 7 Nov 2013
By Dulce - Published on
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For the last nine years, I have immersed myself in the world of gentle parenting, and LR Knost's books represent some of the best info I have ever found. The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline not only covers the background of why gentle parenting is so important for healthy families, but it also includes the how. How do you make this work? What does it look like in a busy family with several kidlets and many needs?

Some of the things that I loved about the book: (Does it sound too schoolgirly to shriek, "Everything!"? OK, well, here are some of the things that I super-de-doopery loved about it.)

* Bite sized chapters. The 30 chapters are informative, but also short and easy to read, which is especially helpful when your reading time some days is just a few minutes on the toilet.

* Chapters for all ages. So many gentle parenting books focus on babyhood, which is--admit it--relatively easy. No matter how curious, a one year old doesn't push nearly as many buttons as a sassy four year old or a six year old in the throes of disequilibrium. The Gentle Parent gives specific chapters for toddlers and preschoolers while still devoting a full third of the book to middle childhood, the teens and beyond.

* It's truly gentle. I have been disappointed in several books that talk about positive parenting but are really just punishement lite--more sophisticated ways to shame and punish our children than brute physical force. We recognize that childish bullying can take many forms, whether through punching a child on the playground, shunning them at the lunch table or humiliating them online. Parenting bullying is still bullying whether through spanking, forced isolation or shaming. The techniques here are focused on the three Cs: Connection, Communication and Cooperation.

* It's truly practical. Many books focus on vague rainbow-flower-sparkly-unicorn principles that sound good (and maybe even are) but in the moment of dealing with a child who bites or hits or is melting down, most of us don't need lofty sounding ideas--we need targeted, rational and compassionate steps. This book has individual chapters on tantrums, hitting/kicking/throwing/biting, lying, backtalk, parenting in public and strong-willed, highly sensitive children. Over and over I found new ideas and tools to improve my relationship with my children and ways to help them cope.

* It's fun. The chapter Sandbox Soapbox: Toddler Insights had me laughing out loud. It was so insightful and so entertaining. Ideas like the Calm Me jars and the scripts for silliness were great, because those things just don't come naturally to me. And even when dealing with parental hurts and establishing firm boundaries for how parents need to act, LR Knost is never belittling or discouraging. Chapters like Hurting Parents, Hurting Children, The Butterfly Effect and The Color of Change, and All the 'Right' Parenting Moves shower parents with the same loving wisdom that she approaches children.

* It's effective. I have applied many of the concepts that The Gentle Parent covers with my own four kidlets. LR Knost has used them with her own six children, two of whom have sensory issues, one with Sensory Processing Disorder, two with ADD, one with Auditory Processing Disorder and two who are very intense/high-needs, as well as with the other families she has helped. I can always tell a difference when I have been spending some time reading her books--I am more patient and centered, my children are more connected and cooperative, and there is more harmony in our lives. With my review of Two Thousand Kisses a Day, I described it as love waves that keep splashing on my family the whole day, where we all experienced more peace, joy, patience, kindness and self control. That has been true of all of her books and is why they are one of my treasured resources.

Seriously, y'all. I used a highlighter to go over my favorite quotes and ideas, and nearly every page has lemon-scented yellow on it.

One final note--as a Jesus-lover, my parenting and my faith are very much intertwined. Although this book is not religious in tone, I know that this also reflects the author's deep relationship with God and the love that fills their home. I highly recommend her posts on Christian parenting and her interview with Gentle Christian Mothers. I am so grateful for LR Knost's lovely, strong voice in the parenting world!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy for review. My opinions are always honestly expressed and fully my own.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pure and delicious soul food! 30 Oct 2013
By Wesley Schott - Published on
The Gentle Parent was easy to read, leaving me hungry for more each page,(DELICIOUS) inspiring and informative, (NOURISHING) and empowered me to be a better ME. (FULFILLING)

If I could only buy ONE parenting book, it would be The Gentle Parent.

love Lelia, grateful mommy of 5 and gentle parent advocate. <3
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real support from an experienced gentle parent 3 Dec 2013
By Jessica Cayton - Published on
Wow! Get this simple, helpful and down to earth book into the hands of every parent! This isn't about lofty ideals or judgmental better than thou's. This book provides concrete tools and insightful answers on HOW to parent gently. Finally! You hear about gentle parenting and you hear about how bad spanking and yelling is, but you can't figure out what to do instead...until now! Seriously...get this book and you won't be disappointed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely messages and useful tactics for the stressed out parent 17 Feb 2014
By Catherine Campbell - Published on
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This is a lovely parenting book. It is not a huge tome that glares at you from the shelf, reminding you of another parenting fail. No, this is a slim, encouraging volume with easy-to-dip-into chapters, and positive ideas to reinforce a parenting style that doesn't rely on shouting, control of conflict. Each section left me inspired to try some of the ideas (which worked! I was gobsmacked - my 4 year old who usually refuses to go to bed practically RAN into the bedroom), and also resolved NOT to do. The chapter on punishment is directed at a USA audience (where hitting kids is still allowed) but the guidelines are still applicable for other forms of punishment. Most useful are the 'stories' which relate real-life scenarios to illustrate the ideas and principles discussed, and the way the author discusses clearly and without ego, when relevant, her own experience. She writes clearly and with humour. My only suggestion for the layout would be perhaps margin summary terms (as the page layout is similar on each page and when reading this late at night I sometimes got lost! But that is a minor point). I bought "2,000 Kisses A Day" and "Parenting Through The Ages And Stages" and these 3 volumes have joined Kaz Cooke's "kid Wrangling" and "Buddhism For Mothers" (and the subsequent "Buddhism For Mothers Of Young Children") as my "Go-To" books for parenting. Highly recommended!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 26 Jan 2014
By Daisyd902 - Published on
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It was a great book. It could use more practical advice. It is mostly philosophical in nature. It definitely shaped my view of parenting.
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