Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Positive Parents And A Giveaway!

We all want a happier, more connected
relationship with our kids. 
When I first became a mother I began reading a number of blogs and parenting pages that have guided and inspired me so much both as a parent and as a blogger myself. One of these blogs is Rebecca Eanes' Positive Parents. I always learn something from her perspective on parenting and share many of her posts on my Twin Coach Facebook page

Rebecca writes wonderfully about how to create connected, positive relationships with our children. She never comes across as being "better than" her readers and is always wise and thoughtful in her approach to some of our most challenging parenting moments. The manner in which she delivers this information is so relatable that even someone who isn't familiar with a positive, empathetic approach can easily see how the methods she talks about can work for their family.

The attention we show our children is like water
for a plant. Make that attention as crystal clear as you can.
Some of the posts that I have loved most recently include:
  • Solutions For Siblings
  • "Peaceful parenting is about having peaceful homes and peaceful relationships. Conflicts will always arise, and that is perfectly normal, but by setting boundaries around respect and teaching problem-solving skills, we can teach our kids how to find solutions, repair relationships, and come back to peace."
  • The Right Way To Parent?
  •  "There is certainly no shortage of articles telling us all what not to do as parents, yet few offer concrete advice on what we should do. As a parent, I know how frustrating it can be to have all of your tools yanked away because they're all "wrong" and then being left feeling like you're adrift on this big sea without a paddle. (No pun intended.) I was there once, too. I had this exact realization.  
    Okay, spanking is bad. Definitely bad. Now time outs are bad too. Wait, all punishments are bad. Oh, and consequences? Not a great idea. So what's left? 
    Can you relate? 
    If you're floating adrift out there, let me throw you a lifesaver. Well, its more like arm floaties and a map, but just stick with me. I'm going to give you some tools you can start using now to replace your time outs, threats, and taking away privileges, but I'm not going to give you concrete advice on what to do either."
  • The Superior Parent Award Goes To...
  • Rebecca's wonderful answer to the recent debate over the new book "Bringing Up Bebe" and whether French parents are better than American parents.
Positive Parents also has a terrific Facebook page, Positive Parenting: Toddlers And Beyond, where Rebecca not only shares her own posts but frequently posts other articles and pieces of wisdom that she feels will relate to her more than 17,000 (!) followers. She really is an amazing wealth of information and it's a wonderful community of people she's gathered. I'm a big fan of hers and I hope you will take a minute to check out her blog and Facebook page. 


Now, for more good stuff.

Rebecca has just written her first ebook entitled The Newbie's Guide To Positive Parenting. From Rebecca's site: 
"This 30-page PDF eBook will give you clarity and offer you tools and skills that will strengthen your relationship with your child while teaching values and instilling the self-discipline that will benefit your child for a lifetime. The Newbie's Guide to Positive Parenting provides several scenarios so you can see positive parenting in action!" 
If you click the link to see the ebook you can also read some testimonials there. 

The chapters include: 
  • What is Positive Parenting?
  • How Positive Parenting is Different from Permissive Parenting
  • Changing Your Mindset
  • Teaching Tools
  • Consequences, Punishments, and Problem-Solving
  • Limit Enforcement versus Punishment
  • 10 Alternatives to Punishment
  • 10 Things That Are More Important Than Discipline
Rebecca has very nicely offered to give away a copy of her ebook, but even if you don't win it, it is priced at a very affordable $4.99, so please pass on this information to your friends, share it on your Facebook page, pin away on Pinterest and let as many people as you can know that here is some excellent accesible information for helping parents, caregivers and educators better connect with the children they love.

Giveaway rules:
Just leave a comment below and let me know if you'd like to win a copy. If you feel comfortable sharing what your biggest challenge is when it comes to staying positive in parenting, please share...I believe we all learn from each other. 

I will pick a random winner (thank you random.org) on Saturday, March 3rd at noon PST and announce the winner on my Facebook page. Please be sure to include a way to contact you when leaving your comment! 

Thanks for reading!
-Gina
The Twin Coach
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