When I asked Kristen about her hobbies, she said, "spending time with other adults, talking grown-up talk (even if it is mostly about our kids!), and reading food blogs and various parenting books."
Since she likes parenting books (she's a person who thinks about things deeply - a quality I appreciate), I am happy to present her with a book that I am about halfway through and enjoying immensely.
Discipline Without Distress: 135 tools for raising caring, responsible children without time-out, spanking, punishment, or bribery offers a beautiful parenting framework and philosophy - plus, solid advice and hundreds of practical tips.
Author Judy Arnall is the mother of five children and a well-known parenting writer/expert in Canada.
Consider this excerpt:
Discipline comes from the Latin word that means "to teach." Punishment means "to hurt either by physical, emotional, or social pain."
But in reality, both types of parent reaction "teaches" the child.
The difference is what each does to the parent-child bond while it teaches. Sometimes punishment "works" in that it gains compliance but at a grave cost to the relationship connection. (page 83)
Arnall uses a combination of science, research, reason, and experience to provide helpful guidance for parents of children, birth to teen. Her book spans a gamut of topics - everything from potty training and sleep to homework and dating. Every parent will be able to glean some nuggets of knowledge and truth from this book - whether or not they agree with every single suggestion in its pages.
YOUR TURN: What are your favorite parenting books?
WIN IT! One winner will receive a copy of Discipline Without Distress by Judy Arnall. To enter, leave any topic-related comment on this post prior to Tuesday, March 23rd at 11:59 p.m. All generic comments like “Enter me!,” “Love it,” and “Cool stuff!” will be disqualified. Winner must provide a U.S. or Canadian mailing address.
Judy Arnall has generously donated 2 books for this SLY Awards promotion - one for Kristen and one for the giveaway. I received no product or monetary compensation for this post. I'm just excited to celebrate Kristen...and you.
*UPDATE* The winner is #14 Rebecca. Congratulations!