Thursday, November 14, 2013

Who is a Gentle Parent? Book Review and Giveaway!

Gentle parenting comes with a whole set of stereotypes and myths. People aren't quite sure who a gentle parent is or what gentle parenting is, so they are quick to decide that the absence of harshness and hitting automatically indicates permissiveness, neglect or ineffective strategies.

This couldn't be farther from the truth and L.R. Knost shows you why in her newest book, The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline available in softcover or as a digital download.

The third book in her series, The Gentle Parent is filled with wisdom on what it means to be a Gentle Parent. Firm boundaries, common sense and reasonable expectations fill this book from beginning to end. You won't find vague references to Unicorn-parenting or magical rainbow children floating above the mist here. Come down to the ground and walk confidently with this practical guide on gentle parenting.

Don't forget to download the first Gentle Parent Workshop to accompany your journey into gentle parenting. Fill your parenting toolbox with a variety of effective, simple and easy to implement strategies that will protect your parent/child relationship and bring peace to your home!

Whether discussing food or medicine, birth or parenting, a downside I've noted in the natural community  is the tendency to lean towards ambiguity and vague, inaccurate promises. This false "Best Campaign" strikes the gentle parenting topic, too. I've learned that a good way to tell if someone has wisdom or folly to share is to look at their promises. Are they open ended, vague and offering you the "BEST" of all? Immortality from food? Avoidance of all disease if you use their immune boosters? Beware of the blogger who offers too much.

L.R. Knost doesn't trigger the BSo'meter. She knows that parenting is challenging and that no one can parent perfectly or be the best. Here is an excerpt from The Gentle Parent:

"The goal of parenting, of course, cannot be perfection because we are imperfect people raising imperfect people in an imperfect world."
Her wisdom resounds with a point I've tried to make several times in the natural community and leads me to realize that this writer and mama of six knows what she is talking about when it comes to parenting, so much so that I've taken time out of my busy parenting to discuss her work on here without compensation.

So if you're an imperfect parent to imperfect children and you're looking for real, effective parenting methods that don't hurt or manipulate, be sure to check out her books and her workshop!

To help get you started, I'm offering a giveaway of her first book, Two Thousand Kisses a Day  to two randomly lucky winners in the U.S. To enter, follow the rafflecopter widget below and make sure you use a valid email address as that is how the winners will be contacted.

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Best-selling parenting and children’s book author and mother of six, L.R.Knost, is an independent child development researcher and founder and director of the advocacy and consulting group, Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources. Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages and Whispers Through Time: Communication Through the Ages and Stages of Childhood are the first in her Little Hearts Handbooks series of parenting guides. The newest book in the series, The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline was just released on November 1, 2013. Other works by this award-winning author include the children's picture books Petey’s Listening Ears, and the soon-to-be-released Grumpykins series for ages 2 to 6, which are humorous and engaging tools for parents, teachers, and caregivers to use in implementing gentle parenting techniques in their homes and schools. 

Twitter: LRKnost_Author


  1. This looks great! Thanks for the opportunity. I tried to sign in with my Google account but it didn't work.

  2. My favorite parenting tip ever was nursing on demand... I can't imagine now having set times to nurse or weaning at certain age. It's been a huge help in parenting my daughter and gaining confidence as a parent!

  3. One of my favorite parenting tips is to say 'yes' as often as possible! If it's something they shouldn't do, then change the statement into something they CAN do in the situation.
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  4. Never forget that your child is a PERSON and needs to be treated as such. One of many pieces of advice I give!

  5. I am expecting my first baby in just under two months and very interested in learning more about gentle parenting!

  6. The best advice I've received is to not take other people's advice - unless it's someone you trust and are seeking advice!

  7. Stay in the moment, connect, and respect.

  8. Stay in the moment, connect, respect.

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  10. Looks fantastic. Thanks for the giveaway! :D

  11. Trust your instincts and remember that what works for one child may not work for another!

  12. Trust your instincts and don't be afraid to ask for help!