Sometimes the short version isn’t enough, or your particular situation requires more intervention. Parenting is an education in process, and as your oldest child reaches new ages and stages, you’ll need new tools. My favorites have led to many “aha” moments, and have given me a guide on the bumpy road of parenting.
- One, Two, Three Magic (Dr. Thomas Phelan) for discipline (the counting works, especially for young kids)
- Setting Limits (by Dr. Robert MacKenzie) is a great way to “get off the dance floor” of negotiation you’re your kids.
- Siblings without Rivalry – How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live, Too (by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish) – This is a fabulous book that explains why kids fight and helps you minimize your own resulting headache.
One local parenting education program doesn’t even use the word “discipline” – it’s more “encouragement,” like in their name, Parent Encouragement Program, or PEP. This is great, positive parenting approach – try to find empowering ways to continue your parenting education in your own home town, or check out links to fabulous articles on topics from preschool to teenage years on PEP’s website.