At age one, our daughter's personality began shining through in vibrant and electrifying colors. She began walking - and she was already giggling and exploring and finding awe in simple wonders like blowing bubbles, singing songs, and going down slides at the park.
At the same time, we began to realize that soon enough we would need to institute boundaries and create some kind of discipline structure. Of course, as Elizabeth Pantley, author of The No-Cry Discipline Solution: Gentle Ways to Encourage Good Behavior Without Whining, Tantrums & Tears points out, "discipline is not about punishment...Parental discipline is about helping our children create a foundation of strong values, morals, and guidelines that they can use for a lifetime of self-discipline. The teaching of these principles occurs with nearly every interaction we have with our children."
I especially appreciated the fact that Pantley pointed out that we "discipline" our children, all day, every day - we are constantly teaching them how to behave by our own words and actions. We need to be more concerned about the messages that we are conveying and the people that we are than simply getting our children to comply with our wishes.
Pantley also highlights the fact that what we do now will effect our little ones as they grow: "When it comes to the typical misconduct that parents of teenagers struggle with, the seeds of those behaviors were planted way, way, way back - when the teen was a baby and toddler."
The book has a solid foundation, but it also offers plenty of practical tips to help parents with common issues - from baby talk to biting to bossiness to interrupting to tantrums. You'll find a list of potential solutions and things to try in this comprehensive manual.
Pantley's first two books - The No-Cry Sleep Solution and The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers - were both excellent. This one is equally helpful. I highly recommend this book for parents of children in the 12-month to 5-year category.
WIN IT! One mama will win "The No-Cry Discipline Solution: Gentle Ways to Encourage Good Behavior Without Whining, Tantrums & Tears" by Elizabeth Pantley. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post prior to Thursday, Mar. 20, at midnight (don't forget to follow the rules). The winner will be announced and contacted on Friday, March 21. * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.
* UPDATE * The winner is #54 arbrashears. Congratulations!
Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!
never to early to read this sort of book
I need this book to help me out with my 13, opps I mean 4 year old daughter! :)
I can really use this book. My girls are in an extremely whiney stage - its making me whine, too!
I agree that children are always watching their parents behaviors and that we teach our children how to act by example. I also agree that discipline is needed to guide children. I currently work with challenged children as a career and while I love my job it has made me concerned about proper ways of discipling. I would love to use this book as a resource for my daughter.
Each child is an individual, so finding the right discipline is a challenge. What works for one might not work on another. I would love to see what their strategy is and possibly find a fresh approach to an age old problem. Thank you so much for this giveaway.
Boy, I'd love a copy!!!
Oooh I need this!
I've heard great things about her sleep books, so I'm sure this book is great too. Thanks!
Thanks for the contest. I'm not familiar with this book, but it sounds interesting!
Too bad my parents didn't have this book when I was a kid.
I would love to learn more about this method!
Enter me for this great contest
This sounds like an excellent parenting book.
enter me please--boy do we need this. [email protected]
please enter me :)
I absolutely need this. I'm on the verge of tears with my 5 year old!
I am really interested in this book and probably need to read it NOW to stay ahead of my son. He is only 8 months old now but I'm already dreading the days when he will need discipline. I grew up in a spanking household and I don't want to go that route!
I have a 3yr and a 4 yr...enough said.
I need this book.
I could really use this for my Terrible two!!
I could really really use this book for my toddler daughter!
I'm not sure if there is a "no-cry" disapline solution. I guess I would need this book to find out!
OMG, I am still going to enter this, I am not sure what time zone you are, I would love to have this one for our toddler! With dad deployed I am putting so much pressure on myself for his toddler acting out and how to correct it.
I practice AP so this would be excellent :) thanks
I think all parents need to read this book! Thanks.
I would love this book. Discipline is very difficult for me.
i need this book so my baby won't grow up to be spoiled and unsatisfied all the time like me! i used to throw tantrums as a kid until one day instead of getting my way, i got a bucket of cold water thrown on me. that stopped my fits at least!
I could really use this! Thanks!
I would love to have this one, my son is going to be 2 very soon and he is starting the tantrums already.
Oh my..could I ever use this book. Enter me too please!!
nicki72182 at yahoo dot com
We just talked about this DVD at MOPS yesterday... there were mixed reviews from my friends.
hmmm...how did you know I needed this, right about now?
Man, I'd LOVE to get my hands on the section about whining. We are working very hard on that lately in our house!!
I love reading new books to help me in my parenting adventure!
I would be interested in reading this book. My daughter is right in the middle of the "terrible twos". [email protected]
sounds like a great book
I've got a three year old princess who also claims to be queen of the world. Help! What a great resource for myself and other families I work with professionally. Thanks!
Sounds like a great book.
I would love to try this book. My daughter whines so much and it drives me nuts!!
I am really interested in what this has to say. I really like the non- discipline approach presented by Alfie Kohn and others, I'm interested in what approach Padley has. I have loved her "No Cry Sleep Solution" books!
I would love this! I think it could only help.
I have a 1 year old just starting to walk...and push boundaries! We could use some help.
jenni_aja at hotmail dot com
I would love to have this!
My daughter is in the whining stage, she can turn it on and off so quick. Would love so tips.
Thanks for entering me. I saw this in the bookstore and it looked great!
I would love to win this book! I really like Elizabeth Pantley's work and have always focused on discipline as teaching rather than punishing. She is just so good! [email protected]
Wow--I am starting to wonder when the right time to draw boundaries is (my little guys is still under 9 months old), but now I know why it is so hard to get your toddler to behave. What a tricky dance discipline and development seem to be. :) I would look forward to learning what this book has to say!
please send this to me
Sounds like this book could help me with my 3 year old.
We are starting to have some tantrums now that my toddler is 17 months old. It makes me wary of the Terrible Twos. Oh no. I'm all about positive discipline and using healthy boundaries (this worked very well when I was a classroom teacher), but for some reason I am floundering in the discipline department with my own child. How could I keep 25 fifth graders in check 7 hours a day with no problems and not be able to keep my tiny toddler from putting the cat's tail in her mouth? I need help!
Would love this for my son!
Now here's a prize I could use.
Well, I keep reading books and my husband keep saying 'it's not working!' because our almost-three-year-old has developed quite the attitude. But maybe THIS book will be just what the doctor ordered because I NEED HELP!!! :)
I could put this to good use!
kelli (at) pfrog (dot) net
Sounds like a book I'll need for the future!!
Count me in!
Would love to win!
I'm always looking for new ways to get my son to listen and follow directions the first time.
It's trying at times having 2 young children in the house. This book looks like it would be a helpful addition.
please I really need this thank you
Parents need all the help they can get!
I desperately need a book like this! My 2 1/2 year old thinks he rules the roost. He throws the worst tantrums I've ever seen.
This looks like a great book. I could really use this right now. I have a three year old who is very stubborn and is very difficult to discipline.
I have been looking for a solution to this problem
My daughter hasn't quite reached her first birthday and the whining has already begun. I'm sure crying and tantrums aren't far behind. I really need to check this book out!
My little grandaughter is almost two, and just starting tantrums. Would love to win this book.
I would love to get some fresh new discipling advice.
Please add me, thanks!
Thanks for the chance to win.
Would love this as a gift for best friend...a new mom...THANKS :)
ty!! for the nice useful contest
I know a family that could really use this, thanks for the wonderful contest
Tips and a little help is always appreciated! Thanks. :)
laurachilton (at) hotmail (dot) com
This could really help my little three-year old! Looks like a great read.
I've been considering buying these books, so it's good to hear that you and your other readers like them. Thanks for the review and the chance to win.
I love this approach, and after I read it, the book would find a good home with my Positive Discipline and Redirecting Children's Behavior course material.
Gah I so need this. I have a 15 month old who is a terror lately!
Disciplining with grace is always so hard! I was once told that discipline is discipling - helping them become like you. An interesting way to think about it, I guess. I could really use some new ideas! Thanks!
I REALLY REALLY want to read this book!!! The local library doesn't carry it.
inalak at msn dot com
sounds super helpful!
Oh wow, we could REALLY use this right about now!
I would love to win this book!
oh my gracious, I so need this! I have a 6 year old that cries way too much, not to mention my other kids :)
I would love to read and learn from this book.
What am excellent idea! I think this is a great way to go and something you can feel good about!
I have never read any of this series, but am constantly curious about insights on toddlerdom! I've been through it twice -- soon will be again. It really is amazing how much of your child's personality does start to come out around that first birthday. Experience and things I've learned in school :) have taught me indeed that we learn more through the actions of those above us than our words. I'd like to use this book to have that reinforced for me and to learn what behaviors of my own would most help my child behave appropriately. I appreciate your honest insights on the book. I'd like so much to win it and read ir to hopefully take even one small step towards being the best parent I can for my daughter -- and create an environment which will allow her to be the best that she can. Thanks for the chance!
arbrashears at msn dot com
Looks like a great book, I'd love to get this book now, so I can have time to read it before newborn gets to toddler stage!
nifferjeno at gmail dot com
We could really use this book! My son has been acting out lately :(
I NEED this book to save my sanity!
gotta win this
Wow, what parent wouldn't want to read this book. It looks like a good one to pass around at our playgroup discussions... who says playgrounds are just for the kids! ;)
md-sweeps (at) hotmail (d0t) com
I read the No Cry Sleep Solution and found it very interesting. I'd love to give this book a look.
disarray at onebox dot com
My daughter can be a bit challenging as well... I know discipline is very important, but sometimes I'm not sure what ways of discipline are truly effective - this book would help a lot, I'm sure!
Thank you so much again for letting me participate in a wonderful giveaway!! Love to you and yous, take care and God Bless!
I'd love to win this.
Sounds like this book is for me, my 4 yo son is very challenging. Almost anything he can do wrong he does...
And our methods of discipline aren't
working anymore. I hope I win!
Sounds like you have found us another great read.
I loved the other Pantley book, so i am sure to love this one!
I would LOVE to have this book as I have a son who is almost 3 and I hate to yell at him but I need to find a way to discipline him without yelling. It makes me feel like a bad mother when I yell at him..Please help me....
I need this book -- my boy just turned one. :) I love Pantley's no cry sleep book.
another great giveaway! thanks Steph! hellomary018 AT yahoo DOT com
Sounds like a great book. Count me in.
I think everyone could use this book, its so hard to figure out how to discipline kids without being too mean.
My son is 10 months, so I'm sure discipline is going to be more on an issue. He is already getting into everything and i"m not sure how stern to be.
I read "Happiest Baby on the Block" and found it to be one of the more helpful parenting books out there. I'm on my 3rd baby now--definitely going to need to read up again on Toddlers!
Thanks for the contest
I have the No-Cry Sleep Solution and she had some good tips. My son will be one in June, so I guess its never too early to read up on what I can expect.
I'd love to get a head start on how to handle difficult situations- my daughter turns one this month!
Another great book. I think that getting ideas for other people on how to raise are kids are great, I might not follow everything but more knowledge is a very good thing
boy could i use this!
I used the no-cry sleep solution and liked it very much. My 14 month old has just discovered hitting, so it would be great to win this book.
We liked the baby book. I'm sure this would be helpful too. Thanks for the chance!
As I said before, we need all the help we can get!
Please include me! I'm open to new suggestions.
I'd love to read this book. I always feel like disipline is where I fail with my kids.
sounds like a must read for all parents
Goodness, two great book reviews. This one looks lovely too, and so useful. I really liked the no cry sleep solution so I'm guessing I'd really like this one too.
A very important book for the modern parent. Thanks.
What mother couldn't use a copy of this book. I know I could.
I'd love to win this.
I can use any help that I can get
please enter me
With 8 grandchildren, I could certainly use a refresher course.
I have one very stubborn 4 year old, and I could use some help with him.
I would love this book right now. My 2yo son hit me this morning, even after I told him it was naughty and warned him that if he did it again, he'd be disciplined. I ended up spanking him AND gave him a timeout. He was remorseful and apologetic afterwards, but I felt terrible. I need this book.
Oh, discipline is so difficult at this age, and so many books say so many different things! It seems that the "best" way to do things changes from year to year (to spank or not to spank, are time outs useful or useless, etc). I think it ends up being more what works for your family and your child (but of course some things are NEVER okay), but I like to read up on the different ideas and see what will work for us and our kids. I'd like to give this one a read and see what I can add to what we're already doing. Thanks! gumbi1313 at msn dot com
My son is coming to that age where he needs some kind of discipline. My husband and I were talking about it the other day, unsure of how to go about it. This book sounds like it could help a lot!
This is a book I could use.
I hope this book works with toddlers too. Discipline is the hardest part of being a parent and any help would be greatly appreciated!
Enter me, please.
I need this one
I could really use this. The tantrums are at an all time high in my house!
I want to win!
I would love to read this. My daughter is entering toddlerhood and is already throwing tantrums when we tell her 'no'. Thanks! katebeth45 (at) gmail
I need this.
I've enjoyed all the Pantley books that I've read. I'd love to give this one a try, too!
I am sore need of this right now. My youngest is seriously challenging me in all my efforts of discipline, and I am about at my wits end.
I would love to win this for my stepdaughter. I only wish I had this for myself when my son was this age. Thank you for the contest!
I need this. I will be happy to receive a copy even if there are highlighted marks all over the book. I really need this.