We are nearly a quarter of a million parents strong! That is truly amazing, and to show my gratitude, I'm giving away a LOT of stuff! Stay tuned to Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond, because when we reach the 250,000 likes milestone, there will be a blitz of giveaways on the Facebook page!
Here's what I'm giving away:
1 copy of Hands Free Mama from The Hands Free Revolution
Hands Free Mama is the digital society’s answer to finding balance in a media-saturated, perfection-obsessed world. It doesn’t mean giving up all technology forever. It doesn’t mean forgoing our jobs and responsibilities. What it does mean is seizing the little moments that life offers us to engage in real and meaningful interaction. It means looking our loved ones in the eye and giving them the gift of our undivided attention, leaving the laundry till later to dance with our kids in the rain, and living a present, authentic, and intentional life despite a world full of distractions.
1 Live Hands Free leather bracelet from The Hands Free Revolution
2 copies of the TRU Calm Parent Relaxation and Renewal Series from TRU Parenting
"The TRU Calm Parent relaxation and Self Renewal Series is a series of 8 audio tracks that teach you the ins and outs of using relaxation and meditation to finally get the kind of personal calm you need and want with your kids. These relaxation and meditation techniques have helped parents and clients for years to calm personal anxiety, frustration and anger and become more mindful in their responses toward their children and others.
TRU Calm will help you Teach and discipline more effectively, build a stronger Relationship with your child and Upgrade yourself, your own emotional intelligence and ability to decrease daily stress, feel more relaxed and model healthy self-regulation skills to your children. Ultimately "TRU Calm" will give you the tools you need to destroy daily stress, gain greater control of yourself and more powerful influence with your child."
1 copy of If I Have to Tell You One More Time from Amy Miller McCready of Positive Parenting Solutions
McCready draws on Adlerian psychology and Positive Discipline, which focuses on the central idea that every human being has a basic need to feel connected and empowered—children being no exception to the rule. According to McCready, when this need isn’t met in positive ways, kids resort to negative methods. In this book she provides parents with a virtual toolbox of strategies they can use to give their children the attention and power they crave—and do away with the misbehaving that adults dread.
1 ebook and 1 paperback copy of Twelve Alternatives to Time Out by Ariadne Brill of Positive Parenting Connection
The twelve alternatives to time out presented in this book focus on problem solving and cooperative learning to give parents and children a chance to address behavior while maintaining a positive, respectful and connected relationship. Encouraging better behavior without time out is not only possible, it is, according to the latest research on child development and parenting practices, more effective. While children tend to repeat misbehaviors shortly after time out, connected parenting tools help children really learn to make better choices. This guidance based approach to parenting and discipline is not only effective, it will work from toddlerhood and well into the teen years. A connected approach to discipline helps children learn the skills they need to be successful, resilient, happy, empathetic, cooperative and well-adjusted for life. Discover why what children do is not manipulation, learn how to tackle “misbehaviors” and teach your child the value of cooperation and respect. Read stories from real parents that have used connected discipline tools to positively transform whining, screaming, defiance, back talk, tantrums, dawdling, sibling fights and many other every day parenting challenges. Children are quite creative when it comes to solving problems, this book will help you foster that ability and also help you teach your child to calm down instead of melt down. This book gives you twelve concrete parenting tools, based on real families plus the latest parenting and child development research so you can choose how to best incorporate them into your own parenting practices.
Value $7.95 paperback and $5.99 ebook
1 copy of Honey, I Wrecked the Kids by Alyson Schafer
Bringing the same perceptive and actionable advice that made Breaking the Good Mom Myth an international bestseller, TV host and psychotherapist Alyson Schafer again comes to the rescue of desperate parents everywhere. For those who've tried just about everything to discipline their kids, Honey, I Wrecked the Kids explains why children today really are resistant to traditional parenting methods and how only a new model for winning cooperation really works. Full of real-life examples, the book gives parents a deeper understanding of misbehavior and their role in it, shies away from traditional behavioral models of parenting, and offers humane, good-humored advice that will make parenting a manageable and, finally, rewarding task.
1 copy of Ain't Misbehavin' by Alyson Schafer
Following her phenomenally successful, Honey, I Wrecked the Kids, parenting guru Alyson Schaefer addresses every parent's secret fear: their child is the one no parenting book can possibly help. In her newest book, she conquers, one by one, all those behavioral bugaboos that can make a child seem, at times, impossible-and a parent's life hell. With explicit, life-saving tips on the perfect thing to say or do when things get out of control, Ain't Misbehavin' offers parents a sensible, democratic solution to meeting even the toughest discipline challenges.
- Includes first-person accounts of literally hundreds of parenting conundrums-with practical insights on what exactly to do
- Full of detailed "how to do it" advice for a multitude of situations parents inevitably face
While acknowledging the daily reality that parents face, Schaefer's humor and experience make this book a must for parents who want to preserve the peace and also the joy of raising a child.
1 copy of Breaking the Good Mom Myth by Alyson Schafer
As a psychotherapist, parent educator and parent coach, Alyson Schfer has worked with a great many mothers who, in the quest to be a "good mother" have ended up on the door step of despair. Alyson is a forty-something, suburbanite, working-mother of two and can speak to these issues both personally and professionally.
This book explains the psycho-social phenomena of how each person creates their own unique "good mother myth" and then examines why these myths are not only faulty, but could in fact lead to poor parenting, marital disaster and individual crisis. Her years of educating parents around these concepts afford Alyson the skill to take complex ideas and explain them to a lay audience in a compelling and easy to understand way.
Capitalizing on the need to present parents with information in an easy to digest format, the book is presented as a series of personal stories, each highlighting a common parenting myth. This format will appeal to tired parents who have little time and energy for "academia". Instead, readers learn by taking a voyeuristic peek into the private family lives of the book's characters. Readers can identify with the fictitious parents and coaching clients in the stories and see first hand how the characters life experiences shaped their unique "good mother myths" and how these myths create conflict in their lives.
The author offers up ideas for how the character can reject her current thinking and adopt a more useful outlook to improve her situation. The story arc allows readers to identify and then project how their parenting may be unknowingly going off the rails.
The goal of this book is to provide parents with some basic education and a means of self-discovery. Readers uncover their own good mother myths and are given an eye-opening glimpse into potential issues to challenge their thinking. A great sense of empowerment is restored as mothers become better able to resist the pulls of their personal and cultural myths, and instead begin parenting with greater intention and in ways that are more suitable to proper child guidance.
1 signed copy of Two Thousand Kisses a Day by L.R.Knost - Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources
Gentle Parenting is about guiding instead of controlling, connecting instead of punishing, encouraging instead of demanding. It's about listening, understanding, responding, and communicating. Written by children's book and parenting author, L.R.Knost, 'Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages' is an introduction to the ideas behind gentle parenting and to its application in each of the developmental stages of childhood.
1 signed copy of The Whole-Brain Child by Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. and Dr. Dan Siegel.
Complete with age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.
1 signed copy of No-Drama Discipline by Dr. Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.
Defining the true meaning of the “d” word (to instruct, not to shout or reprimand), the authors explain how to reach your child, redirect emotions, and turn a meltdown into an opportunity for growth. By doing so, the cycle of negative behavior (and punishment) is essentially brought to a halt, as problem solving becomes a win/win situation. Inside this sanity-saving guide you’ll discover
• strategies that help parents identify their own discipline philosophy—and master the best methods to communicate the lessons they are trying to impart
• facts on child brain development—and what kind of discipline is most appropriate and constructive at all ages and stages
• the way to calmly and lovingly connect with a child—no matter how extreme the behavior—while still setting clear and consistent limits
• tips for navigating your children through a tantrum to achieve insight, empathy, and repair
• twenty discipline mistakes even the best parents make—and how to stay focused on the principles of whole-brain parenting and discipline techniques
Complete with candid stories and playful illustrations that bring the authors’ suggestions to life, No-Drama Discipline shows you how to work with your child’s developing mind, peacefully resolve conflicts, and inspire happiness and strengthen resilience in everyone in the family.
1 print and 1 ebook copy of Little Things Long Remembered: Making Your Children Feel Special Every Day by Susan Newman, Ph.D.
Little Things Long Remembered: Making Your Children Feel Special Every Day offers today's time-strapped families 500+ ways to create treasured childhood memories. Every single day offers fertile ground for creating positive recollections. Chapters are divided into convenient time frames: Gestures to strengthen family ties that take seconds, activities when you have five minutes, half an hour, or the entire weekend. Plus special circumstance suggestions for for birthdays, major and minor holidays and more. A set of 10 Cardinal Rules insure whatever you do is fun, builds character and celebrates your family.
Small parcels of time well spent shape long-lasting memories that are the backbone of family unity...and the glue that holds families together. Dig in to find "little things" that will inspire loving remembrances of growing up...and of you.
1 copy of The Case for the Only Child by Susan Newman, Ph.D.
The Case for the Only Child: Your Essential Guide explains the rapid rise in the number of only children and provides a roadmap to help couples make the right family size decision for them. It answers the highly debated question: Does a child need a sibling?
Whether it's by choice or fate, having a single child presents unique considerations, opportunities, and advantages—all of which are explained. Written to help parents withstand and respond to the pressure to have another, the book also confronts (and shatters) age-old only-child stereotypes and guides parents in building family networks and other support systems for the future. The in-depth coverage of the critical issues for raising an only child gives parents insightful and useful parenting tips for raising their one and only.
Social psychologist Susan Newman, Ph.D is the author of 15 books about family issues; she writes about parenting for Psychology Today Magazine. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
1 signed copy of The Newbie's Guide to Positive Parenting by Rebecca Eanes
1 copy of Petey's Listening Ears by L.R. Knost with a signed sketch from the illustrator.
1 copy of Petey's Listening Ears by L.R. Knost with a signed sketch from the illustrator.
1 $50 Gift Certificate to Mabel's Labels courtesy of Julie Cole
1 copy of Between Interruptions: 28 Women Tell the Truth about Motherhood by Cori Howard
Most mothers don't have time for long conversations. They want them, and crave them, but they are constantly interrupted by kids, partners, work and the day-to-day details of our lives. This remarkable collection of original essays explores what is unspoken or lost in those interrupted conversations. Provocative, funny and honest, the stories focus on the transformation involved in becoming a mother and the impact it has on our identity, ambition and relationships. It is, without a doubt, a conversation worth having.
****Thank you to everyone who has offered their books/products for this giveaway! I appreciate that I have such a supportive positive parenting community. <3
With love and gratitude,