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    That's right.  This week we have two Books of the Week.  I've been doing a LOT of reading lately and have found a lot of books to adore.  And since I couldn't come up with anything I don't love this week, I thought I'd share two books!
    If there's a parenting book out there, I've probably read it.  I've read books on getting kids to sleep.  I've read books on getting kids to eat healthy foods.  And I've read book after book after book on disciplining children.  It's not that my kids are totally out of control - in general they're really very sweet.  But we had a whole bunch of kids really close together and sometimes discipline just gets lost in trying to keep our sanity.  So I'm always looking for a quicker, easier solution. 
    Parenting With Love and Logic by Foster Cline and Jim Fay isn't necessarily faster and easier, but it is gentler.  Kids need to know how much Mommy and Daddy love them.  And when we're yelling at them or punishing them (sometimes simply our of our own exhaustion and frustration), it's hard for them to understand our love.  This book teaches us how to use natural consequences and empathy to allow our kids to develop their own natural discipline and responsibility.  I won't lie - it's a hard concept to 'get.'  I'm going to have to read the book through a couple more times and really work on digesting the ideas before my kids will see much of a change.  And some of the ideas seem better suited to the 5+ age group (mine are all under 4).  But this book gives me hope.  Maybe there's a way to teach my kids to make good decisions and let them know how much we love them. 
    I'll keep you posted on our progress (or lack thereof) as I get more familiar with this concept.  In the meantime, though I do recommend checking this book out.  It is far and above the most gentle and most logical of all the parenting books I've read, and it even offers examples and solutions for lots of common parenting problems.  They even have a facebook page for answering questions and giving updates.
    Have you tried out the Love and Logic method?  How did it work out for you?  Have you found another method that worked better?  Have you read and of the other
 


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09/20/2011 15:07

I've never heard of that book but it sounds really good. I recently read "re-directing your children's behaviors" and it changed the whole way I view negative behavior. I also really like the super-nanny books.

09/20/2011 15:07

I've never heard of that book but it sounds really good. I recently read "re-directing your children's behaviors" and it changed the whole way I view negative behavior. I also really like the super-nanny books.


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