book club: gentle discipline


I posted yesterday on Instagram that I’m starting a new series on the blog: a book club!  Specifically, a non fiction book club geared towards personal growth.  What I look for in a book is that it is interesting, mind expanding, enables me to step back from my current mindset and consider new information in order to grow into my higher self as a partner, parent, friend, soul.  I do love fiction, too, but these days I just don’t have tons of free time and so I try to fit in books that packaging punch and make my life a little easier and more connected and mindful.  So, I hope that you’ll join in, too, if you find this interesting.

The first book we’ll be starting with is a book on positive/gentle parenting called Gentle Discipline by Sarah Ockwell Smith.  I’ve picked it up before but for one reason or another, never finished it.  So, I grabbed a copy from the library and am diving in again.  This one would be great for most people- anyone who is a parent, grandparent, future parent, or who works, lives, or interacts with children, or anyone who’s simply curious about this topic.  What drew me to this book in the first place is that it gives specific examples of situations and areas of conflict you might (will) encounter with kids, and then gives gentle solutions + the logic/psychology behind the behavior.  It’s all well and good to read about the ethos of positivity in parenting, but quite another thing when conflicts ACTUALLY arise, and knowing how to handle them in a gracious manner, in a way that helps both your child and you grow.

A description to give you an idea of whats in the book: “A practical guide that presents an alternative to shouting, shaming, and blaming–to give kids the skills they need to grow and thrive. Topics include:

Setting–and enforcing–boundaries and limits with compassion and respect
Focusing on connection and positivity instead of negative consequences
Working with teachers and other caregivers
Breaking the cycle of shaming and blaming”

I’m excited to dive into this book and implement some of the strategies, plus learn more about the why behind “difficult” behaviors.  If you’d like to join, simply grab a copy of the book (check your local library, thrift store, Thrift Books, or friends collections first please!)  and start reading!  At the end, I’ll pop back on here and recap what I’ve learned and how I’ve been implementing it into my life as a parent.  I hope you’ll join the discussion too so we can all learn from each other.  So happy to have you along ❤