“… If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence. If children live with tolerance, they learn to be patient. If children live with praise, they learn to appreciate. If children live with acceptance, they learn to love. If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves. If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness. If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and others. If children live with friendliness, they learn the world can be a friendly place.”
Dorothy Law Nolte, Children Learn What They Live: Parenting to Inspire Values, Their Name is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World”, Johann Christoph Arnold
Their Name is Today
Johann Christoph Arnold
He surveys the drastic changes in the lives of children, but also the groundswell of grassroots advocacy and action that he believes will lead to the triumph of common sense and time-tested wisdom. Arnold takes on technology, standardized testing, overstimulation, academic pressure, marketing to children, over-diagnosis and much more, calling on everyone who loves children to combat these threats to childhood and find creative ways to help children flourish. Every parent, teacher, and childcare provider has the power to make a difference, by giving children time to play, access to nature, and personal attention, and most of all, by defending their right to remain children.
No Drama Discipline
Daniel J. Siegel
Defining the true meaning of the “d” word (to instruct, not to shout or reprimand), the authors explain how to reach your child, redirect emotions, and turn a meltdown into an opportunity for growth. By doing so, the cycle of negative behavior (and punishment) is essentially brought to a halt, as problem solving becomes a win/win situation. Inside this sanity-saving guide you’ll discover
– strategies that help parents identify their own discipline philosophy–and master the best methods to communicate the lessons they are trying to impart
– facts on child brain development–and what kind of discipline is most appropriate and constructive at all ages and stages
– the way to calmly and lovingly connect with a child–no matter how extreme the behavior–while still setting clear and consistent limits
– tips for navigating your child through a tantrum to achieve insight, empathy, and repair
– twenty discipline mistakes even the best parents make–and how to stay focused on the principles of whole-brain parenting and discipline techniques
Complete with candid stories and playful illustrations that bring the authors’ suggestions to life, No-Drama Discipline shows you how to work with your child’s developing mind, peacefully resolve conflicts, and inspire happiness and strengthen resilience in everyone in the family.
ALK Blogs and Articles
Kids are amazing creatures who never fail to bring wonder to a parent’s life. On the other hand, they also bring an equal measure of exasperation, too. Indeed, as parents, you definitely have your work cut out for you, but to be sure, you likely won’t have it any other way. Thankfully, there are always ways to make parenting just a tad easier. Here are some great links to help you achieve that in various stages of your children’s lives.
Maintaining your child’s physical, mental, and emotional health is among the most important tasks of parenting.
Dietary Recommendations for Healthy Children
Toddler Exercise: 5 Tips to Get Moving!
Puberty: Helping Your Child Handle the Changes
6 Facts Parents Should Know About Mental Illness in Teens
Keeping your child challenged and engaged intellectually guarantees both academic excellence and street smarts.
7 Educational and Entertaining Activities for Little Kids
Tech Tools for Learning at Home
Learning Math at Home
How Homeschooling Can Make Kids Smarter
How (and Why) to Encourage Your Teens to Write More
Healthy habits that encourage productivity, consistency, and hard work in your child starts at a young age.
Healthy Habits You Should Teach Your Child Now
How to Keep Nap Time Consistent With Little Fuss
How to Motivate Your Teenager to Do School Work
At the end of the day, it’s still best to trust your instincts, as well as trust your child’s capacities. Ultimately, you’ll find that while raising kids isn’t exactly a breeze, it can be a lot simpler, helping you better recognize it for what it is — the adventure of a lifetime.
by Kris Louis