The Messy Process of Growing

Carissa Robinson explains that we can’t expect grace filled parenting to be neat and easy in Growing Up Should Be Messy.

Pearls from The Oyster

Pearl in Oyster (PIO) has a lot of great stuff on her site.  I have linked before to her series on 52 Tool Cards.  What a great way to fill your Gentle Discipline Toolbox!  You can read all her posts in that series here.

She also has some interesting Thoughts on Authority and Servant Leadership and a very important look at how much we can all learn by Trying Again.

Appearances

BarefootBetsy writes about how worrying about what others think affects our parenting on Dare to Disciple.

Grace-Based Discipline and the Older Child

Here is an excellent article from Crystal Lutton, of Arms of Love, on how to use Grace-Based Discipline on the older child.

Who is God?

Molly asks, “Who is God?“  as she shares her testimony of how she learned to see God as a Gentle Parent, rather than a Vengeful Judge.

John Law and John Grace

Carissa Robinson (at To Parent As One Who Has Been Richly Forgiven) has posted The Story of John Law and John Grace which is an allegory which explains the difference between living under the law and living under grace. She then goes on to explain why Christians, who are living under grace, should also raise their children under Grace.

Sharing Life With Your Children

GreenGem has an interesting post about her Wonderful Life. In this post she explains why she allows her young sons to jump on the couch and run around the house. She also explains how she does housework with her sons, including cooking and cleaning. Children learn a lot from such activities. I wish I had had the patience to allow my young sons to help me with the housework more often when they were young.  This post also contains a very important message about control.  Just in case someone should read my words without reading hers, I want to share this Gem:

Controlled kids become easily controlled adults, not self controlled adults.

Good Parenting Resources

Dulce de Leche shares how she rejected the teachings of Ezzo and Pearl and what she replaced them with in Christian Parenting Books: How Our Bookshelf Grew.

She then shares her Christian Parenting Books Recommendations which is a very good resource.

And here are her Discipline Books Recommendations.

Back in April she shared another very good resource, what is in her Gentle Discipline Tool Box.  This is a must read for anyone who has an interest in gentle discipline.

Also, here is Pearl In Oyster’s list of Recommended Parenting Books.

Diffusing a toddler’s Tantrum

Carissa Robinson has written a beautiful post called, Three Little Words, in which she shares an example of parenting by grace in the midst of a raging tantrum.

Raising Toddlers Gently

Ashley Van Otterloo has written a post for The Journey about how to overcome obstacles in the gentle parenting of toddlers.

Grace Is For Mamas, too

Dulce has done a post at Authentic Parenting Blog called, Gently Disciplining Ourselves – Part I.  In this post she explains how to be the kind of parent you were planing to be when you were a child.

Here is Part 2.

Here is Part 3.

What Gentle Discipline Is Not – Part 3

Carissa Robinson continues her explanation of what Gentle Discipline is not with what Gentle Discipline is not in What Gentle Discipline is Not, Continued Again :-) . This post looks at “Gentle discipline is not something that occurs only when unacceptable behavior manifests itself” aka “Gentle Discipline is not sporadic.”

Here is the rest of her series, for your convenience:
What Gentle Discipline Is Not
What Gentle Discipline is Not, Continued. “Gentle Discipline is not adversarial”

Tools for the empty toolbox

GreenGem has posted part 3 of her journey towards grace wherein she shares where she found the tools to replace spanking.

Dare to Disciple

Greenegem has started a blog to refute Dr. Dobson’s teachings, called Dare to Disciple.  She starts with her powerful and touching testimony: My journey toward Grace-based Parenting begins.