Knowing how to teach your child a lesson without damaging your relationship can be a struggle. Finding the right balance of discipline and lenience is where you might need help. Take a few strategies from the experts who write parenting books for new parents with the hope of transforming the parent-child relationship for good.
Start getting more sleep by starting with your child. Alexis Dubief offers sleep strategies that tackle issues such as newborn and toddler sleep patterns, sleeping throughout the night, avoiding hunger throughout the night, and healthy napping. Get the rest you both need!
Dr. Ross W. Greene puts balance at the forefront of his approach to effective parenting. Traditional methods of punishment are left behind in order to achieve a new collaborative relationship with children. Viewing a child as a human being is where it begins!
Communication is key with Elaine Mazlish and Adele Faber’s take on how to properly cope with familial conflicts. With advice on how to get your child to willingly cooperate, promote self-discipline, cope with your child’s frustration, and how to be firm without being hurtful, the common difficult moments become easier.
Vanessa Lapointe makes an interesting point regarding intervening and disciplining children. She claims these moments of teaching should reinforce connection rather than separation. Achieving this, however, is where her expertise is needed. Her fresh, science-based strategies for healthy discipline can come in handy.
Are you tired of yelling? You should be. Dr. Laura Markham proves the importance of building emotional connection with your child that will last. The bribing and threatening can dissipate once you, the parent, can get a hold of your own emotional communication. The book goes as specific as offering kid-tested phrasing for parents to use. Markham’s Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings is another great option to address communication between your children!
If you’re looking for a spiritual motive and perspective on parenting, this is it. Shefali Tsabary presents children as a mirror of the parent. When the parent is in tune with this reflection of themselves they can drop the “parent ego” and achieve a unique relationship with their child that is rooted in presence and self-awareness.
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