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Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide (The Positive Parent Series) Paperback – June 7, 2016
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“In this valuable contribution to parenting, Rebecca Eanes provides insightful, effective and practical solutions to end family conflict and build loving connections. Her masterful approach allows parents to implement powerful strategies with ease and grace, forever transforming their family life. This is a must-read for every family that yearns to create peace and harmony.”
--Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author of The Conscious Parent
“Positive Parenting shows parents how to remain connected while still being the leader every child needs….Say goodbye to regrets and heartache, and hello to peace and connection. Your beautiful journey begins here.”
--Dr. Laura Markham, author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids, from the foreword
"With a belief that each parent knows their own child best and that raising children should be enjoyable, not stressful, Rebecca Eanes helps parents develop their own positive parenting blueprints to create happy, loving families. Positive Parenting helps parents work through the difficult feelings that naturally occur throughout the parenting journey and provides strategies to help raise positive thinkers."
--Katie Hurley, LCSW, author of The Happy Kid Handbook
“Positive Parenting is more than a parenting book. It's a guide to human connection. Rebecca provides a roadmap for creating happy, deeply connected families where children and parents alike are able to rise to their fullest potential.”
--Amy McCready, author of The “Me, Me, Me” Epidemic
"As I soaked up the wisdom contained in this book, two words kept coming to mind: positive pathways. No matter how challenging your family situation is or how long you’ve been going down a negative road, this book offers pathways to peace, connection, and true happiness. Through practical examples, detailed steps, and soul-stirring questions, Rebecca Eanes shows us how to reach our fullest potential as parents, partners, and human beings. Let Positive Parenting set you on a path to rewriting your story in all aspects of life, in the most positive way possible."
--Rachel Macy Stafford, New York Times-bestselling author of Hands Free Mama and Hands Free Life
“Rebecca Eanes has a deep understanding of what can hold mothers and fathers back from being the parents they want to be. Positive Parenting provides concrete tools to grow the self-discipline, connection, empathy, and techniques that will help parents (and their kids!) be their best.”
--Andrea Nair, M.A., CCC Psychotherapist, parenting educator. Creator of the Taming Tantrums App
“Watch out: Eanes' book will transform your parenting, especially if you pause to do the self-work exercises.”
--Tracy Cutchlow, author of Zero to Five
"In our always connected world of social media and Google searches there is a never-ending flow of “new and better” parenting information. It's easy to get lost in the sea of “best practices.” The focus is often on changing kids’ behavior or all the reasons you are ruining your kids. The problem is that so much of what we read seems to conflict and leaves us feeling powerless rather than truly supporting parents and families. Rebecca's new book Positive Parenting emphasizes that parenting is far more than simply making kids comply. It's about real lives, relationships, and people; It's about real moms', dads' and kids' stories and how to make those stories incredible. This book gives the reader timeless, foundational principles and practices that help to build the parent, the child and the family as a whole from the inside out."
--Andy Smithson, www.truparenting.net
“Positive Parenting beautifully illustrates the choices that modern-day parents have to raise healthy and successful children through nurturing, empathetic relationships. Bolstered by research in neuroscience and human development, Eanes shows how parents must grow alongside their children, and how this parallel journey helps young people reach their full potential. This is a must-read book for all who care enough about their children to reflect deeply on themselves as parents.”
--Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD, Author of Tomorrow’s Change Makers
“In this one-of-a-kind book, Rebecca Eanes goes beyond just discipline to look at the big picture of parenting. If you're longing for more in your parenting journey -- more joy, more peace, more cooperation -- I recommend Positive Parenting!”
--Jessica Alexander, co-author of The Danish Way of Parenting
About the Author
REBECCA EANES is the founder of Positive-Parents.org, creator of Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond, and a contributing editor to Creative Child magazine.
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I like that this book is not written by an “expert”. The author is simply a mom that read a bunch a books from experts and put them into practice and figured out what worked best for her family.
The author's style of writing makes it really easy to read and follow. It can be difficult to read some parenting books by “experts” that go into so much technical detail that it makes it feel like you're studying a collage textbook on child behavioral psychology and neurology, or they go off on long case studies and stories to demonstrate a point. This book offers very straightforward and to the point advice that is nicely layed out in numbered and bulleted lists with the major points being displayed in bold text in the paragraph. It was also a very quick read. I easily read this book in 2 days.
I found every piece of advice in this book to be excellent! I've read dozens of parenting books but this is the first one I've read that I actually agreed with 100% of the book. I have a few favorite books that I love and recommend to anyone who asks for a recommendation. But even with those books there were always a few things I didn't quite agree with. Not this one though. I feel like this book was so spot on I could have written it myself.
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You're probably wondering, with all the wonderful things I have say about the book, how can I possibly give it 3 stars instead of 5? The reason I didn't give this book 5 stars was because it's doesn't offer anything new. While I think the author does an excellent job of pulling out the best ideas from various experts and summarizing their work, that's really all this book is is a summary of significantly more helpful books. Having already read all the books that this author has read, I could almost pick out which book each piece of advice came from. The problem is that she doesn't go into nearly enough detail on most subjects. The author attempts to cover so many topics that every chapter in this book could have been an entire book in itself. For example, in chapter 2 the author talks about writing down your childhood story to help explore how those experiences have shaped the way we parent and effect our thought patterns today and how to change them by re-writing our stories. This was basically just a summary of Siegel's book Parenting from the Inside Out that covered this topic in much more depth. She also pulls from Siegel's book The Whole Brained Child when she talks about the upstairs brain vs. the downstairs brain and the “lizard brain” without going into the detail needed to fully explain these complex topics.
If you've already read Dr. Siegels books: Parenting from the Inside Out, The Whole Brained Child and/or No-Drama Discipline, Janet Lansbury's No Bad Kids, and Markham's book Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids can probably pass on this book because you won't get anything new from it. If you haven't read these books, I would recommend passing on this book anyway and just reading those instead because you will get much more in depth coverage on several important concepts. If you don't have the time to read all those book or you would just like an introduction into positive parenting to see if it's for you, then this would be a really great option for you. This book is defiantly an excellent starting point. However, if you read this book and you like it, I would recommend also reading some of these other books to expend on the ideas introduced in this book. If you only have time to read one other book though, I would highly recommend No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind. Also, if you're like me and you want to practice positive parenting but you struggle with self-control and getting too emotional while you discipline, I would also recommend the book:Mindful Discipline: A Loving Approach to Setting Limits and Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child. I think this book will do a much better job of helping you to gain self-control by introducing you to the practice of mindfulness. As the author of Positive Parenting explains, you can't discipline your child until you learn to discipline yourself first. This is so true but if that is something that you really struggle with, as I think many parents do, I don't think this book will be enough to help you with that.
Reminiscent of Pam Leo's Connection Parenting and L. R. Knost's The Gentle Parent but packed full of practical tips and ideas, Rebecca's book is indeed an essential guide to understanding why children behave the way that they do, and how we as parents can change our focus from controlling and punishing them to cultivating the kind of connected, secure relationship with them that will nurture them and help them reach their full potential. The book encourages readers to work on their own in order to identify triggers and concerns before putting these into action, and this self-reflection and heightened self-awareness results in much deeper, more meaningful family connections. My own parenting has benefited tremendously from exposure to this paradigm shift - I consciously treat my children with respect and empathy and find that I have more patience and a greater sense of calm in negotiating situations where we disagree. I'm indescribably grateful for Rebecca's willingness to share her expertise and experience, and I feel confident and assured in the knowledge that her book is making me a better, more mindful parent with each read.
I am so grateful for this book. I have four little boys and they can be really challenging. This book is really helping me get where I want to be. Thank you!
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