Bringing up baby? There is so much conflicting advice out there, it can be confusing and scary for new mums and dads with their brand new dribbly babies! I have recently come across a wonderful author that challenges much of our well worn ideas about parenting. Alfie Kohn, author of Unconditional Parenting confronts the familiar carrot and stick approach to discipline. After looking at hundreds of studies Kohn demonstrates that no one performs better when offered various enticements from sweets and stickers to money and cars. We all want our children to grow up happy and confident and what better way to ensure this than to love them unconditionally. Mostly good parenting is common sense, and I find the majority of parents all have that and they do not actually need a book telling them complicated strategies for child rearing. However it is very rewarding reading a book that confirms all your common sense theories were right with perhaps one or two interesting suggestions along the way.
Unconditional parenting examines how parents think, feel and act with their children. It offers a host of wonderful, practical suggestions for exchanging doing to to working with parenting. It has been described as an eye-opening, paradigm-shattering book that will reconnect readers to their own best instincts. My box of goodies for my friends with new babies will now include this fantastic book, along with a few funky bandana bibs of course!