Magazine article Work & Family Life

Valuable New Guide on Using Gentle Discipline

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Valuable New Guide on Using Gentle Discipline

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Valuable new guide on using gentle discipline

Many people believe that discipline means punishment. But discipline is really about teaching and learning, says author Sarah Ockwell-Smith.

She calls it "gentle discipline" in her wonderful new book. She shows how to use it, plus ways it can foster the development of empathic, kind, confident, respectful and happy children.

It's not as hard as you think to develop children like this, says Ockwell-Smith. You need only do three things: respect, understand and guide. Respect and understand your kids' feelings and points of view, as well as their current capabilities, and gently guide them to do and be better.

Gentle discipline is about conscious, mindful decisions. Her approach helps parents find a more effective, positive, individualized method of interacting with their children. Citing the current research in child development, psychology and neuroscience, she helps parents understand:

How children learn: the four main learning styles and even some discipline ideas based on these different styles. …

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