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Parenting Beyond Power : How to Use Connection and Collaboration to Transform Your Family--and the World by Jen Lumanlan

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"I'm in love with this book! It illuminates the forces that make parenting so difficult, and helps us develop better relationships with our kids-and ourselves."-Hunter Clarke-Fields, MSAE, author of Raising Good HumansParenting is hard. But when we replace conventional parent-child power dynamics with collaboration, family life gets easier today-and we create a better world for all of us in the future. When we see our children stalling, resisting, having tantrums, using mean words, and hitting, we want to just make it stop.

But conventional discipline methods like time-outs, countdowns, and "consequences" teach children that it's OK for more powerful people to control others-a lesson they take out into the world. This is how we learned White supremacy, patriarchy, and capitalism from our parents-and we will replicate this with our children unless we make a different choice. Research-based parenting educator Jen Lumanlan offers a simple yet revolutionary framework for rethinking our relationships with children.

This new approach helps us to look beneath challenging behaviors to find and meet children's needs, and ours too-perhaps for the first time in our lives. It involves empathetic listening, understanding feelings and underlying needs, and problem-solving with our children to find solutions to conflicts that work for everyone. Family life becomes radically easier in the short term because behavior problems tend to melt away.

In the long term, we'll raise children who confidently advocate for themselves and treat others with profound respect. Includes sample scripts, flowcharts, and resources to help parents learn and implement this new approach. -"The compassionate guidance will be a boon to parents eager to move away from punitive child-rearing strategies."-Publisher's Weekly

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    Parenting for a more just future and family

    Lumanlan presents concrete tools for honouring and working toward meeting the needs of all family members. In doing so she presents a compelling argument that this style of parenting makes for more harmonious family life whilst also promoting a more just society. Parenting Beyond Power brings together the key elements of NVC, problem solving, unconditional parenting and social justice parenting to provide a way of being with children that avoids the standard patriarchy and white supremacy perpetuating (power over) pitfalls of punishment & reward, coercion & shame etc. I found the content that spoke to marrying secular ethics (compassion & common humanity) with parenting practices super beneficial. I will refer back to this book often, and especially whenever I perceive a potential disconnect between my parenting and my values.

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