Have you heard the term “Positive Parenting?” It’s more than a just a fad or a catch-phrase to describe the latest discipline technique. It is a research-backed approach to parenting kids respectfully that is gaining momentum and support around the world.
When I first started learning about positive parenting, I couldn’t get my hands on enough resources to learn more. Over the last 4 years, I’ve discovered plenty of amazing books, speakers, websites, associations, and blogs that have helped me learn to be the parent I want to be – and which have made parenting a LOT EASIER!
Today I’m sharing with you my Positive Parenting Resources List – (in the hopes that you’ll find it as helpful as I have!)
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What is Positive Parenting?
It has also been shown by research to be effective, in the short term and long-term, in raising confident and emotionally healthy kids with good self-esteem.
To find out more – check out this post: What is Positive Parenting? Is it for my family?
Connect with Positive Parenting Authors
Become familiar with some of the most well-known positive parenting experts and authors! I’ve listed their names, along with their most popular books, their websites and social media links.
Known for: Challenging the need to control children through the use of punishments and rewards. His catchphrase encourages parents to “work WITH” kids instead of “doing TO” them.
Website: Alfie Kohn Website
Social Media: Twitter
Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
Known for: Their highly successful books (sold over 3 million!) and parenting workshops which remain popular with parents 30 years after their initial release.
Website: Faber Mazlish Workshops
Known for: Detailed, common-sense explanations of the downsides of using punishment, as well as providing tons of common-sense and positive alternatives.
Website: Professional Parenting Website
Known for: Saying, “We can’t teach children to behave better by making them feel worse. When children feel better, they behave better.”
Website: Connection Parenting Website
Dr. Laura Markham
Known for: Encouraging parents to take a vow of “Yellibacy.”
Website: AHA Parenting Website
Known for: Her humorous approach to helping parents decrease their stress through positive parenting strategies.
Website: Alyson Schafer
Known for: Being a 1980’s model/actress and for following the teachings of Magda Gerber.
Website: Elevating Care Website
Dr. Jane Nelson
Known for: Being a mother of 7 children and the author/co-author of over 15 positive parenting books!
Website: Positive Discipline
Known for: Encouraging parents to communicate these 6 critical life messages to their kids: I believe in you, I trust you, I know you can handle this, You are listened to, You are cared for, You are very important to me.
Website: Kids Are Worth It
Social Media: Twitter
Lawrence J. Cohen
Known for: Advocating a playful parenting approach to help build connections with kids.
Website: Playful Parenting Website
Social Media: Twitter
Author of: Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves
Known for: Addressing the emotional needs of children and their parents.
Website: The Authentic Parenting Site
Also be sure to read the kernels of wisdom that I gathered from each of my Top 10 Must-Read Positive Parenting Books.
Other Positive Parenting Websites
An assortment of other helpful online parenting associations and websites that encourage respectful and proactive parenting.
Positive Parenting Online Series
The ABCs of Positive Parenting – A current series here on One Time Through which breaks down the positive parenting approach into its critical ingredients.
Each post summarizes the current thinking and parenting research in that week’s topic, and gives examples of how the strategies might look in real life.
Teaching Kids About Character Alphabetic Series – This series covers 26 positive character traits that we’d like to encourage in children.
Each posts reviews positive parenting strategies to use, examples of how and when to use them, and recommends children’s books that can reinforce the traits.
Parenting Books Blog Hop – A blog hop where 12+ kid bloggers each recommended and reviewed their favourite parenting books.
Blogs that Focus on Positive Parenting
Although there are generic parenting websites out there that provide links to articles and resources, blogs have so much more to offer! (I may be slightly biased…)
Bloggers write new posts several times a week about topics that relate to their own lives with their children – and share their experiences, expertise, and encouragement. They are real parents – who are thrilled to be entering a conversation with you.
These are my favourite positive parenting blogs.
Amanda is a Children’s Mental Health Counsellor with credentials in Play Therapy – and she’s a mom of 2. Her blog’s slogan is: “Nurturing the seasons of motherhood.”
Amanda doesn’t shy away from the not-so-glamorous realities of day to day parenting, and her advice is always helpful and intended for real parents. Although this girl knows her stuff, she’s never condescending and totally relatable. Check out her top posts: Overwhelmed Mom and the Mom Funk and The Ultimate Guide to Stop Yelling at Your Kids.
Ariadne is a trained Positive Discipline Parenting Educator, the creator of Positive Parenting Connections, and a mom of 3. Her blog’s slogan is: “Cooperation begins with trust!”
She writes, along with a number of other experienced collaborators, about non-punitive parenting with kids of all ages. Check out the collection of posts filled with Alternatives to Punishment and the advice in this post to Avoid Button Pushing Moments was just perfect!
Kate is a former Preschool Teacher and an Aussie mom of 4. She blogs about all things to do with raising kids and parenting.
She’s funny – and witty, and she makes beautiful printables with inspiring messages like these Love Lunch Box Notes. My favourite parenting post of hers is probably this one on why we shouldn’t strive to make our kids happy.
Alissa is a mom of 3 blogging about real parenting and ways to connect with kids.
Her blog’s slogan is “Joyful parenting for real people” and she focuses on sharing ways to help other parents find the joy in everyday parenting moments, regardless of the challenges. I love her 64 Positive Things to Say to Kids post and her brutal honesty and self-reflection in The Day I Realized I Was Bullying My Kids may strike a note with you.
Kate is a mom who blogs about positive, peaceful and respectful ways of raising kids.
Her blog’s slogan is “Parenting with respect” and she focuses on sharing everyday stories of life as a parent, inspirational posts as well as positive discipline tips and strategies. She’s got an amazing Beginner’s Guide to RIE Parenting post that will connect you to all kinds of other positive resources and be sure to check out her post on Rebuilding a Child’s Confidence.
I blog about how to turn everyday activities with kids into fun learning experiences – and am passionate about sharing all the things I continue to learn about positive parenting. My most popular parenting posts are: Helping Aggressive Kids: 10 Positive Parenting Tips and Healthy Self-Esteem in Kids: 10 Things Parents Can DO To Help.
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Thanks for joining us this week. I hope to see you back next Saturday when we talk about Listening effectively to kids. You can find all our series posts on the Positive Parenting Page.