Welcome, and I’m so glad you’re here! I started this blog as a way to sort through my thoughts and understanding of positive parenting, and each day I welcome more and more parents here who are doing the same thing. I write about “positive parenting”–that is, raising kids without punishments, threats, bribes and rewards. I write about unconditional parenting, attachment parenting, connected parenting…relationship-based parenting.
It is not easy. Each day I am challenged to find ways to connect to my quickly-growing kids while teaching them empathy, respect, self-discipline, confidence, resilience, and a host of other awesome attributes. Aren’t we all? It’s not easy, is it? Compared with “traditional” discipline, positive parenting is like starting from scratch. We must re-learn many things we thought we knew about how to raise kids. Unconditionality and emotional connection do not come easily for many parents.
To help me learn and practice the how-tos of positive parenting, in 2009 I became certified through the Positive Discipline Association as a Positive Discipline Parent Educator. I’m also certified through Attachment Parenting International as an API Leader. I teach parent-ed. classes, speak to schools, and lead support groups to help parents through this challenging journey of parenting.
But mostly, I write. Here, as well as for other publications. My articles on parenting are published in magazines all over the world. I write regularly on child development, family relationships and positive discipline for The Attached Family magazine, Nurture magazine, and Green Child magazine. One of my goals as a writer is to make scientific research more accessible and understandable to parents; to demonstrate how brain science is applicable to positive parenting techniques.
My approach to parenting is based on the works of…
Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
Every day, my kids inspire me. Everyday, other parents inspire me. Everyday, I wonder how we can raise the next generation of children so that this world will become a kinder place. Please join me on my journey and share in my thinking.I hope you are able to gain something from what you read here, and that you’ll continue to come back. It’s nice to meet you, and here’s to parenting mindfully!