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"Laura Markham is rapidly evolving into one of the world's best-loved parenting experts." - Antonella Gambotto-Burke

Media Appearances

Dr. Laura has been featured or quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Men's Health, Redbook, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, The LA Times, The Boston Globe, and hundreds of other print and online publications. She has appeared on CNN, the Joy Behar Show, the Fox Morning Show, and dozens of radio shows. Her Facebook Page has an active community of parents who are engaged in applying her ideas and she writes a coaching email several times a week for a list of over 60,000 subscribers. 

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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.” 

About the Book

Published at the end of 2012, Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How To Stop Yelling and Start Connecting, has rapidly become an underground favorite. Readers post reviews on Amazon testifying to the changes in their families and thanking Dr. Laura for the book. 

What's so unusual about this book?

1. Dr. Laura is a mother herself, so she understands how hard parenting is, and she knows how to make science and theory into practical tips and scripts for busy parents. 

2. Dr. Laura helps mothers and fathers feel, and do, better, by giving them the love and support we all need to do our best. "Most importantly, this book is encouraging to parents rather than critical. I have read some books that make you feel like a complete idiot for how you do things. This book not only motivates you to improve as a parent but makes you feel capable of doing so. She makes it so easy to enjoy parenting!"- Lisa Smiles on Amazon

3. It's based on the latest research on brain development and clinical experience with parents, rather than opinion.

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. 

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids

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Having Dr. Laura Markham on your bedside table 
is like having an angel on your shoulder, 
whispering useful secrets in your ear...
{She} shows us how to replenish our spirits
 so we can give our kids the best of ourselves,
 not what's left of ourselves."
-- Jack Canfield, 
co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, 
from the Foreword.