Dr. Laura Markham is a clinical psychologist turned parenting coach and author who promotes a relationship-based model of parenting. Dr. Laura’s book Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting supports parents to manage their own emotions, both to deal mindfully with a distressed child and to teach the child successful emotional regulation by modeling.
She takes the controversial position that parents need to move “beyond discipline” because punishment erodes the parent child bond, instead setting limits with empathy, focusing on connecting with the child, and coaching for emotional intelligence, all of which which help children want to cooperate. She frequently quotes the Dalai Lama: “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
Dr. Laura serves as an expert for Mothering.com, Pregnancy.org and several other web sites. She has appeared on the Joy Behar Show, the Fox Morning Show, CNN, and dozens of radio shows, and been quoted in hundreds of parenting magazines and website interviews. Her speaking appearances range from morning coffee at preschools to keynotes at psychology conferences. Her Facebook Page has an active community of parents who are engaged in applying her ideas and she writes a daily email for a list of over 20,000 subscribers.
Based on the latest research on brain development and clinical experience with parents, Dr. Laura Markham's approach is as simple as it is effective. Her message: Fostering emotional connection with your child creates real and lasting change. When you have that vital connection, you don't need to threaten, nag, plead, bribe--or ever punish.
This remarkable guide will help parents better understand their own emotions -- and get them in check -- so they can parent with healthy limits, empathy, and clear communication to raise a self-disciplined child. Step-by-step examples give solutions and kid-tested phrasing for parents of toddlers right through the elementary years.
If you're tired of power struggles, yelling and searching for the right "consequence" look no further. You're about to discover the practical tools you need to transform your parenting in a positive, proven way.
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