Gentle Christian Mothers has posted a testimony on her Facebook page. She includes a lovely photo of her 4 children, I do hope you will take a look. It is a public post so I do not believe that you need to have a Facebook account in order to view it.
JoEllen from CuppaCocoa explains how to teach children A Better Way To Say Sorry. This method is phenomenal as are the results of teaching it. As Dara Stoltzfus said on the Facebook page for this site.
I’ve used this approach with my kids and it’s really the best way to go. Just forcing the “I’m sorry” thing doesn’t help anyone or teach kids “why” they should be sorry. I find too that when you talk to them about what they did wrong, once they’re used to this way of apologizing, they do it on their own. They will spontaneously offer an apology and ask forgiveness without being prompted to do so once they understand “why” what they did was wrong.
And, the funny thing is…once my oldest…did something and then she came to me and asked me to forgive her and I realized at that moment that here…I’d been wanting to wallow in my anger. I wanted to stay mad at her. I wanted to somehow “make her suffer” for what she’d done (the effects of having been spanked showing thru in me) and when she asked me that I had to deal with that IN ME.
Thoughtful parenting really changes US in such amazing ways.
This post is part of a larger series on How To Shape Children’s Behavior.
She also has some good marriage advice.
The Southern Illinoisan has an article about Stephanie Cox and and how she came to write a gentle Parenting book with her nose.
Here is more information about Stephanie Cox.
Gentle Mother, Megbar, took her preschoolers out to dinner for the first time the other night. Wanting to make it a pleasant experience, she prepared them by explaining to them what they should expect and what she expected of them. The dinner went so well that she shared about it on Gentle Christian Mothers. I encourage you to go read about it as it is very encouraging.
While we’re on the subject, here is more from The Gentle Christian Mothers Forum.
Grace For My Sheep considers how much more important it is to meet the needs of her child than to worry about the “parent-judgers” in Not a “Good Baby,” Not a “Pharisee Momma.”
There is a brand new blog called, Grace For My Sheep. Her latest post looks at a human’s inherent need for Jesus and how that relates to gentle parenting. Lovely!
Rebecca Diamond considered one kind of Child Training but ended up embracing Child Training of quite a different sort.
Dara Stoltzfus discusses the influence we have on our children in What Do Your Kids See You Doing?
While you’re at Dara’s blog, you will also want to read, her very thought provoking post, Kids need consequences to learn right from wrong, don’t they?! in which she considers two possible responses to a child stealing and considers which would teach the child more.
Jeri, of Gentle Christian Mothers, shares about how Gentle Parenting is working now that her children are older.
Dara Stoltzfus looks at the question, if discipline equals punishment, why does (Self) Discipline not equal (Self) Punishment ?
Sally Clarkson explains how meeting your baby’s needs is following The Golden Rule in Pick Up Your Baby! Do Unto Then What You Would Have Done To You!
Stephanie just started a new blog called The Shepherd’s Apprentice.
In her first post, she explains about the sin nature of babies and children and how we should respond to it.
She then posts about Selfish Babies or rather, if there is such a thing.
She ties it up with a look at Sin, How To Get What You Want.
Not bad for her first day. 😉
Dara Stoltzfus reflects on how punitive parenting has affected her inner being in I was spanked and I’m NOT OK: Why and what I do.
And just for fun, the Honest Toddler explains why it is futile to force your toddler to apologize. I know that this is meant to be funny, but there is an underlying element of truth to this and something to consider. Here is more of the Toddler’s Eye View on life.
Carissa Robinson continues her look “at the true meaning of discipline, and how it has been warped by both Christian and secular philosophies and misconceptions about childhood” in Paideia, Part 2. In this post she looks at the meaning of the Greek word, Paideia, and how it has been translated throughout the New Testament.
Carissa Robinson has started a new series called, Paideia, in which she looks “at the true meaning of discipline, and how it has been warped by both Christian and secular philosophies and misconceptions about childhood.”
She opens with a look at a toddler”s defiance, (or is it defiance?) in Paideia Part 1
Dara Stoltzfus has another story which demonstrates the fruits of not spanking. With this story she makes the point that we really need to decide if our goal in parenting is obedience or to raise a thoughtful, loving, healthy adult. For more stories like this, see my Fruits of Gentle Parenting Tag.
Also, see my next post for more about the Goals of Parenting.