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Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids Workbook: Using Mindfulness and Connection to Raise Resilient, Joyful Children and Rediscover Your Love of Parenting Paperback – February 21, 2018
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"Dr. Laura Markham's book is an extremely useful guide for parents in connecting with their children's emotions. It is highly gratifying to finally see a research-based guide for parents. Every parent will want a copy of this book." -- John Gottman, PhD, Author of Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child
"The Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids Workbook teaches parents to manage their own emotions, connect more deeply with their children, and guide kids with respectful, attuned limit-setting. As always, Laura Markham's encouraging tone, realistic scenarios, and step-by-step instructions make her research-based advice immediately accessible to busy parents, brilliantly coaching them to create the strong, healthy child-parent relationship that every mother and father seeks." -- Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, Co-author of The Whole-Brain Child, No-Drama Discipline, and The Yes Brain
"The Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids Workbook is more than an excellent resource; it offers a well-researched, clearly written, step-by-step process that will completely transform your parenting. In a carefully guided format, richly packed from first page to last, Dr. Laura Markham teaches the practical and powerful tools that help you skillfully regulate the emotional climate in your family. This is the must-read road map you've been looking for." -- Linda Graham, MFT, Author of Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being
"Dr. Laura Markham teaches parents how to use the daily challenges of living with children as an opportunity for their own growth. The result is more mindful, peaceful parents, who can help their children grow into happy, responsible people. Clear, compelling and essential for every parent." -- Dr. Shefali Tsabary, NYT's bestselling author of The Conscious Parent and The Awakened Family
"Dr. Laura Markham's Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids Workbook is full of enlightening exercises and worksheets for parents to practice how to regulate their own emotions, and build a lifelong foundation to connect and engage with their children. Mindfulness exercises bring evidence-based and user-friendly ways to integrate mindful awareness into parenting, increasing resiliency for both parent and child." --Mona Delahooke, PhD, Author of Social and Emotional Development in Early Intervention "I will return to Dr. Laura Markham's Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids Workbook again and again. I will return to it for inspiration, guidance, and practical how-to personal reflection. Most importantly, I will revisit her words out of love for my son. For I want him to benefit from the most honest, warm hearted, and peaceful energy I can bring to mothering. When friends, family, or colleagues ask me about my parenting philosophy, I always direct them to the work of Dr. Laura Markham." -- Amy Wright Glenn, Author of Birth, Breath, and Death and Holding Space
"Dr. Laura Markham taps into fascinating brain science, meditation and mindfulness practices to help parents heal themselves and be more peaceful. With the exercises, practices and reflections in this book, Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids Workbook provides wonderful support to parents. Dr. Markham inspires parents to believe that they can grow into the best version o themselves." -- Melissa Hood, Author of Real Parenting for Real Kids
"I am so grateful Dr. Laura Markham has written this workbook. I believe most parent find it difficult to remember helpful guidelines and put them into practice in everyday life when we are angry or impatient with our children. This workbook walks parents through a progression of worksheets and exercises that help incorporate Dr. Markham's ideas about connection into everyday life in practical, hands-on ways. This workbook will change your relationship with your child for the better; will help you engage with your child from a place of love and mindfulness every day." -- Jesmyn Ward, Author of Sing Unburied Sing, winner National Book Award 2017
"Laura Markham integrates mindfulness practices and spiritual wisdom with the latest research findings to give parents a toolbox for transformation. Her love for parents and children shines through this book." --Susan Stiffelman, Author of Parenting Without Power Struggles and Parenting With Presence "The Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids Workbook is like a Swiss Army Knife for parents, with scripts, activities, worksheets and practical tips that parents will find effective, inspiring and fun. Dr. Laura Markham's tone is empowering, and her positive parenting approach works. Every parent will benefit from this book, and the real winners will be their children. -- Amy McCready, Author of The "Me, Me, Me" Epidemic
"Laura Markham's approach is down-to-earth, filled with respect and compassion for children and parents, and most of all, it's effective. Many parents who have benefited from Laura's writings have told me that they wish they could have her move in with them for a while and provide on-the-spot advice. This workbook is the next best thing! You will rekindle that spark of connection and joy with your children." -- Dr. Lawrence Cohen, Author of Playful Parenting and The Opposite of Worry
"Dr. Markham's book is like a friend, ready to offer support and encouragement when you need it the most. She clearly demonstrates how to replace power struggles with cooperation and a sense of calm. Based on the latest brain and mindfulness research, the Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids Workbook is filled with hope and detailed exercises for understanding and managing your own emotions as well as those of your children. You will discover the secrets to staying emotionally connected and working together, even during the most difficult times." --Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, EdD, Author of Raising Your Spirited Child, Kids, Parents and Power Struggles and Sleepless in America
"The root of violence is pain -- When someone can't deal with their pain, they act it out on others. If all parents read the Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids Workbook, our world would have a lot fewer kids who are hurting, and a lot less violence. This book will help any parent raise emotionally intelligent, empathic and kind children who care about others and have the skills to work through conflict in a healthy way. Highly recommended!” -- Michele Borba, EdD, Author of UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World
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- Use games and exercises to increase laughter and play, while decreasing tantrums and fights.
- Teach your brain new skills so you don't get upset so often and can calm down faster.
- Practice discipline strategies that teach kids self-management and emotional intelligence.
- Strengthen your bond with your child so they want to cooperate.
- Discover simple mindfulness and meditation exercises to find peace in a busy home.
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(IMO Her advocacy of emotion freedom technique is brief and unnecessary as it sort of cheapens the overall book)