Come participate in the vote for which book we'll read for the June/July reading selection. Voting ends November 30th.
Non-Violent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg
Most of us are hungry for skills to improve the quality of our relationships, to deepen our sense of personal empowerment or to simply communicate more effectively. Unfortunately, for centuries our prevailing culture has taught us to think and speak in ways that can actually perpetuate conflict, internal pain and even violence. Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life partners practical skills with a powerful consciousness and vocabulary to help us get what we want peacefully.
In this internationally acclaimed text, Marshall Rosenberg offers insightful stories, anecdotes, practical exercises and role-plays that will literally change your approach to communication for the better. Discover how the language you use can strengthen your relationships, build trust, prevent conflicts and heal pain. Revolutionary, yet simple, Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life offers the most effective tools to reduce violence and create peace?by changing how we communicate.
Over 250,000 copies have been sold. Printed in over 20 languages around the world. Approximately 250,000 people each year from all walks of life are learning these life-changing communication skills. ~ From http://nonviolentcommunication.com/s...products_id=37
Raising our Children, Raising Ourselves by Naomi Aldort
from reaction and struggle to Freedom, Power and Joy
"Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves operates on the radical premise that neither child nor parent must dominate. Aldort offers specific suggestions for relinquishing control in favor of authenticity. Lots of help for those who want to give up scolding, threatening and punishing. Her SALVE "formula" alone is worth the price of the book."
—Peggy O'Mara, Mothering Magazine
Every parent would happily give up ever scolding, punishing or threatening if she only knew how to ensure that her toddler/child/teen would thrive and act responsibly without such painful measures. Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves is the answer to this universal wish. It is unlike any other book before it; no more nice and kind ways to control, but a way of being and of understanding your child so she/he can be the best of herself, not because she fears you because she wants to, of her own free will.
After years of assisting hundreds of families to bring peace and joy into their lives, Naomi Aldort now offers in this book a way of parenting that allows the child’s natural competence and caring to unfold. The book provides tools for understanding children’s behaviors so that you (the parent) are able to prevent difficulties and heal existing ones.
Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves is filled with real life stories that demonstrate how events that would normally erupt into a great stressful upheaval can become heart warming experiences of caring and growing. Some stories will move you to tears, others to laughter, and the book will not cease to challenge every parenting assumption that stands in the way of unconditional love. It will leave you feeling relieved and free to celebrate every minute of this amazing journey with your child/ren. ~ From http://www.naomialdort.com/book.html.
Pam Leo`s Connection Parenting
instead of coercion, through love instead of fear."
Connection Parenting recognizes that securing and maintaining a healthy parent-child bond is our primary work as parents and the key to our children's optimal human development. Our effectiveness as parents is in direct proportion to the strength of the bond we have with our child. Connection Parenting promotes parenting practices that support a strong, healthy parent-child bond.
Both authoritarian parenting and permissive parenting are reactive. Connection parenting is proactive. Rather than focusing on ways to discipline children when their feelings of disconnection result in uncooperative or unacceptable behavior, Connection Parenting focuses on ways to maintain and increase the parent-child bond/connection.
Connection parenting is an ideal, a navigation star we can look to for guidance. Whenever we question how to respond to a child we can ask ourselves, will this response create a connection or a disconnection. We feel connected when we feel listened to and loved. We feel disconnected when we feel hurt and unheard.
Sometimes a child's behavior will push our buttons and we react rather than respond. As soon as we realize we have created a disconnect, we can reconnect by doing the following:
- Rewind - Acknowledge we have said or done something hurtful
- Repair - Apologize and ask for forgiveness
- Replay - Respond with love and listening
Let the voting begin!