Friday, October 15, 2010


Being at home with Ian full time has been eye opening. Spending time with him 24-7 is fun, tiring, and many times incredibly challenging. I have been reading a lot of books on discipline lately. Mostly out of desperation because frankly, I have been really struggling in the last few months to find an effective way to get his cooperation. The best books to date have been:

1. Secrets of discipline by Ronald G. Morrish. This book is very easy to read and very practical. It explains in a very clear way why rewards and bribery etc don't work. This book made me realize that I should not have to beg, plead or brib my child to listen to me. I am the parent, the adult and that is reason enough for him to listen to me (as long as my requests are reasonable).

2. 'How to talk so children listen and listen so children talk' and 'Liberated Parents, Liberated Children' by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. These two books were very, very powerful. I wish all parents would read these books.

I've noticed that since reading these books things have slowly been getting better. I find myself enjoying my time with Ian more. That's a really great feeling because there is nothing worst than the feeling of not wanting to be around your own child.

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