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February Book: "Peaceful Parenting, Happy Kids" part 1

 The new book "Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids:  How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting" by Dr. Laura Markham looks to be a perfect complement to our hardest challenge: how build systems into family life which will sustain respectful, loving relationships, no matter how stressed or frustrated the child or adult become.

The 21 reviews on Amazon for this book are all 5 stars.  You can get a preview by checking out Dr. Markham's blog:

Based on our survey last fall, we are changing the format of our book club and will focus on one book each semester.  There are three sections in this book which is how we will focus our meetings: 

Part One: Regulating Yourself -- meeting February 10th

Part Two: Fostering Connection -- meeting March 9th

Part Three: Coaching, Not Controlling -- meeting April 14th

Potential meeting May 5th to review the book as a whole.

As always, you are encouraged to join us even if you haven't finished reading the book.  Our meetings are informal gatherings, using the book as a springboard for conversations about things going on in our lives and how we'd like to handle them.  This is a great resource of literature, experience and support in being the best parents we can be.


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  • Shannon P.

    Are children allowed at the meet ups? Toddlers?

    February 9, 2013

  • Shannon P.

    I am new here. Are we suppossed to have the book read before we attend?

    January 29, 2013

    • Lisa S.

      Shannon -- Ideally, yes, you would have read the section of the book we will discuss before the meeting. We always have a range of people who read the whole thing, some who haven't started and everything in between. For the Feb. meeting we are just discussing the first section of the book. Looking forward to meeting you soon. ~ Lisa

      January 30, 2013

  • Lisa S.

    Katie -- Our group is for parents to share resources. The rule of thumb is that if your child is young enough to be attached to you, bring them along. For children older than that, it's rather boring for them and distracting for the parent.

    January 29, 2013

    • Katie B.

      Thank you. We will make arrangements for the older ones!

      January 29, 2013

  • Katie B.

    Is this kid friendly? Ages 14, 10, 8 and 3mo?

    January 28, 2013

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