Forging deeper connections with our children…
From Number 1 Best-selling Parenting Discipline books, How many parents do you know who struggle with their kids when it comes to homework, report cards, chores, meal time and bedtime? How many parents are frustrated that their child doesn’t listen to them and find the only way to get compliance is to threaten and punish them, but then they feel guilty and their child feels resentful afterwards? Pushed to the brink, they find themselves yelling but not wanting to, yet not knowing any other way. Wasn’t this whole parenting thing supposed to be more fun than it is? How many of us got into parenting thinking that we were simply responsible for raising children who were not only like is us in most ways, but actually a better version of ourselves? Quite far from heavy-handed discipline techniques, which may work in the short term but ultimately sacrifice the parent-child relationship, the key to a healthier, more fulfilling parent-child relationship is a deep connection with kindness at its core.
When we can uncover why children act the way they do (and how our own triggers are contributing to the situation), we can address the reasons for the behavior, and when we address those reasons, the need to punish or discipline the behavior vanishes, and the core of kindness shines through.
Children today are under so much pressure – from parents, teachers, coaches, peers, themselves, social media, etc. But we can buffer children against the adverse effects of that pressure by learning how to forge deep connections with them so that they know they are loved and supported no matter what and that just because they were born, they have a valuable, necessary place in this world; that they have gifts to share and that the world is waiting to receive them.
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Advance Praise for the Book:
With her vast experience of working with families of all kinds—foster, adopted, and biological–Erin shows us how kindness can transform even the most challenging situations. Read this book for its downright practicality in how it addresses the nitty gritty of everyday life with your children.
– Shefali Tsabary, PHD
Author of The Conscious Parent and Out of Control
I am so happy to have your book ‘Connection & Kindness.’ It is staying on my desk and I will refer to it often. I love how the lesson in each chapter is a real story with a real example! I particularly enjoyed the last two chapters and have underlined many parts. Thank you for writing and sharing this wonderful book.
This book is about much more than kindness. It articulates the simple yet profound wisdom of living in relationship with our children. Erin’s wisdom is packaged in stories of children and parents that could be from any of our life experiences, told with an honesty and vulnerability that makes the wisdom easy to access as we relate it to our own children and our own parenting.
– Gloria DeGaetano
Founder, Parent Coaching Institute
Connection and Kindness: The Key To Changing The World Through Parenting shares stories, wisdom, and good vibes that remind us to make connection and awareness our most important parenting tools. Erin generously shares her personal and professional experiences and inspires each of us to tap into our own compassion and authenticity. This leads to self love, deeper relationships within the family, and eventually, societal change.
– Cathy Cassani Adams
Author of Living What You Want Your Kids to Learn and host of Zen Parenting Radio