Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Meeting our children's needs

Childhood is Now by Pam Leo

"My experience with children is that when their needs are met and nothing is hurting them, they are a joy to be with. I've learned that children do not always have the language to tell us what is hurting them or what they need so they communicate their needs through 'needy' behavior. When children are not a joy to be with, their behavior is usually an expression of unmet need. Just as a baby's cry is a communication designed to bother us and move us to action to meet the baby's needs, the needy behaviors of children are designed to bother us and move us to action to meet the child's needs."

I just ordered Pam Leo's new book "Connection Parenting: Parenting Through Connection Instead of Coercion, Through Love Instead of Fear" along with "Unconditional Parenting" by Alfie Kohn. I have high hopes for them both.

I finished "You Can Have a Family Where Everybody Wins: Christian Perspectives on Parent Effectiveness Training" by Earl H. Gaulke, which was WONDERFUL. Now I'm reading "Grace Based Parenting" by Tim Kimmel, which has been a slow start. Hopefully I'll get time to review all these books before their influence has completely left my hormonally-imbalanced brain.

Now I'm off to bed finally, since I've been complaining of exhaustion all evening, despite my afternoon nap.


Jocelyn said...

Hi Cousin!

You forgot the part about when you were baking cookies your cousin called with news! :)
I have Grace Based Parenting and Roland took it back with him to read. I thought it was good. I'm finishing Five Love Languages for Children right now.

Amanda said...

Yes! The most exciting part of the day! Just weren't sure you were ready to have it posted for everyone to see yet. :)

Did you ever get to read Biblical Parenting?

Jocelyn said...

Geesh, yes, I had forgotten and I even own it, but yes, when I got it ages ago, I read it.

I got my latest total 180 magazine and it talks about the publisher of Connection Parenting. Neat!

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