Gentle Parenting

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Isobel - posted on 02/17/2010

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Perhaps you should explain the concept. Many of us are not familiar with the ins and outs of all the different theories and concepts around parenting (there seem to be thousands)

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I don't know the exact deffinition, but have learned some gentler approaches from posts on this website - and wow! have they made a difference! I just wish I'd learned them when my son first turned 2, not now that he's almost 3.

These gentler approaches have resulted in a) improved behaviour from him and b) less dislinking my child for me.

Thanks for the links in one of the posts above, I will certainly read them.

Morgan - posted on 03/18/2010

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I believe in gentle parenting for babys,
but I dont think that if you use it all their lives it prepares them for the real world wich is not gentle at all.

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I believe in gentle parenting most of the time, but when it becomes unworkable I believe in departing from it.

Baby: Attachment parenting all the way for me, gentle, child centred parenting is ideal.

Toddler: mostly gentle parenting, but with a transition from the child centred approach (no more child leading in my opinion).

Preschooler: Some gentle parenting works, but not all the time. Child centred parenting needs to go out the window. It takes a village to raise a child.

Older child: tough love all the way!!!!

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I agree Sharon we all parent in different ways and there is no one way to parent...:-)This method works for me and i wouldnt expect the next to have to do the same.

Johnny - posted on 02/18/2010

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"Gentle Parenting" is the way that I choose to parent. It works best for our daughter, me, my husband, and my parents who are her caregivers while I work. We all jointly agree on this type of parenting and it was the way my parents raised me. Each family should do what works best for them (within reason of course). Everyone has different methods and doing what you are comfortable with will make you a better parent. There may be things that are inherently wrong (outright abuse and neglect), but aside from that, parenting is a very individual thing.

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If this style works for some parents, that's wonderful. But please understand that when it comes to parenting, there is no one way to parent. That does not mean we do not love our children any less. It means we parent in differing methods.

Clara - posted on 02/17/2010

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Gentle Parenting to me is:



Responding with sensitivity - could never let my baby cry it out

Nurturing Touch - massage after joint baths

Safe sleep - physically and emotionally - we co-sleep, mattress on the floor, so she doesnt fall off.

Consistant love and care - Bath time fun, she has my full attention.

Positive dicipline - no spanking, yelling- we distract and guide- so she learns self dicipline

Strive for Balance - I work and have a nanny- sometimes I take time to just spend with my hubby. In this respect I am blessed..

September - posted on 02/17/2010

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I believe in the concept when it comes to discipline. I've found that gentle discipline is much more effective with our son.

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