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What are Your Favorite GD Books???

  • Kids Are Worth It: Giving Your Child... (B. Coloroso)

    Votes: 25 28.1%
  • Parenting Young Children: Systematic... (D. Dinkmeyer)

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  • How to Talk To Your Kids So They Will... (A. Faber)

    Votes: 43 48.3%
  • Raising Your Spirited Child... (M. Kurcinka)

    Votes: 13 14.6%
  • The Continuum Concept: In Search of... (J. Liedloff)

    Votes: 19 21.3%
  • Natural Learning Rhyhms: Discoveing... (J.&S. Luvmour)

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  • Parenting Without Punishment (J. Maag)

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  • Positive Discipline (J. Nelsen)

    Votes: 8 9.0%
  • Kid Cooperation (E. Pantley)

    Votes: 3 3.4%
  • Magical Child (J. Pearce)

    Votes: 1 1.1%
  • Smart Love (M. & W. Pieper)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • The Discipline Book (Dr. Sears)

    Votes: 13 14.6%
  • Raising a Thinking Child: Help Your... (M. Shure)

    Votes: 4 4.5%
  • The Secret of Parenting: How to be in... (A. Wolf)

    Votes: 8 9.0%
  • Other: Please tell me about it by posting a reply!!!

    Votes: 40 44.9%
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What are your favorite GD books? My DS is approaching his first birthday and I am looking for the best GD books to prepare myself for the new challenges I see coming over the horizon! I am very excited to learn more about GD and not sure where to start.<br><br>
Vote for your favorites! This poll consists of books listed on the GD Sticky entitled, "Long Awaited GD Book List." I could not include them all, but figured it was a good place to start. Can you help me to narrow down my choices?<br><br>
If your favorite is not on the poll list, PLEASE mark the "Other" option and elaborate with a reply! I am looking forward to your responses!<br><br>
A few notes about this poll:<br>
* This poll allows you to select more than one answer<br>
* Books are listed in alphabetical order by author<br>
* Some titles are abbreviated for practical purposes<br><br>
Thanks so much for your help! I look forward to getting my hands on some good reading material soon! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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first to comment on the ones i've read and don't recommend <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> i've read the sears one and it was ok, but not great. <i>magical child</i> didn't appeal to me at all. <i>continuum concept</i> had some really important ideas, but the context it was presented in was a real drawback. i'd say this one is worth borrowing from a library or friend and reading once, but i can't wholeheartedly recommend it. <i>kids are worth it</i> - i liked most of the ideas, but i think i pretty much knew everything she was going to say just from hanging out here and from reading better books.<br><br>
from the list i most love <i>how to talk...</i><br><br>
the one book i love that's not on that list is <i>adventures in gentle discipline</i> by hilary flower. very practical and humane. perfect to read around the time my son turned one. i borrowed it from LLL, but then bought my own copy so i can loan it to friends and reread when i hit roadblocks in parenting.<br><br>
other books not on the list that i've heard good things about but haven't read:<br><i>playful parenting</i><br><i>becoming the parent you want to be</i>
 

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I voted for How to talk, TCC, and SOP.<br><br>
I'd also like to add Becoming the Parent You Want To Be. It was a sanity saver when ds was younger!<br>
And I love anything that was written by Jan Hunt!!!<br>
(oh, and I prefer Loving Your Child is Not Enough to How to talk. Very similar ideas, but a better read, imo)
 

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Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn<br><br>
Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline by Becky Bailey<br><br>
Becoming the Parent You Want to Be
 

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I voted for "How to talk" (my favorite to recommend to others), but I also like "Becoming the Parent You Want to Be" and I'm just now reading and very much enjoying M Kurcinka's "Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles".
 

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The Explosive Child, by Ross Greene. It gives concrete steps, explaining how to create a more peaceful household. Very GD, very respectful of children. Easy read, too.
 

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I voted for How to Talk, the Continuum Concept, and Kids are Worth it (the last probably being my favorite of the three).<br><br>
But my absolute first recommendation is always Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn. Love it. It is so helpful as a starter, because it discusses the reasons (including logic and science) behind the theories. It's a little lacking in practical solutions, but that's what this forum is for. and the UP yahoo group <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
I'm also waiting to get Playful Parenting by Lawrence Cohen? I think? There's a book by that name at my library but it is definitely NOT the one people talk about on here, as it's filled with all types of suggestions for how to punish kids in "fun" ways. Gah! So make sure you check the author.)<br><br>
And I also really want to read Naomi Aldort's Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves (another book that has a duplicate title out there. Make sure it's Naomi Aldort. Here's her website: <a href="http://naomialdort.com/" target="_blank">http://naomialdort.com/</a> I've just been browsing the articles on her site and I am so inspired by her respect for children.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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I also liked Playful Parenting a lot. Another one of my favorites is The Science of Parenting by Margot Sunderland. It's not exclusively focused on discipline, but it is very AP and GD in its focus and it really helped give me a focus for my overall approach to parenting. Plus it's a beautiful book with gorgeous pictures, so it's a pleasure to read.
 

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I voted for KAWI but I also chose other because Unconditional Parenting is probably my MOST favourite.
 

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I didn't see this book up there but I like "Children Learn What They Live" by Dorothy Law Nolte. It's a short book, not focused entirely on discipline but it's very respectful of children.
 

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Another vote for Playful Parenting. It's one of the 2 or 3 parenting books that I OWN (the others I get from the library).<br><br>
I also like Kids, Parents & Power Struggles by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka - I think it's a better, more up to date version of "The Spirited Child". Maybe I just liked it because it talked more about the parents. (Turns out I'm the only spirited one in the family, everyone else is just spunky!)<br><br>
I'm just reading "Becoming the Parent you Want to Be" so we'll see if that ever makes my top list.
 

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I really love "Playful Parenting" and "Adventures in Gentle Discipline." I need to buy "How to Talk..." again as DS1 threw it in the toilet about a day after it arrived from Amazon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I'm reading "Parent and Child" by Haim Ginott. The original GD book <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I love it.<br><br>
How to talk..., and kids are worth it are big favs too. Super dog-eared <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Those would be mine. I haven't read a lot of the ones on the poll.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">But my absolute first recommendation is always Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn. Love it. It is so helpful as a starter, because it discusses the reasons (including logic and science) behind the theories. It's a little lacking in practical solutions, but that's what this forum is for. and the UP yahoo group <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"></div>
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Ditto that! UP is my favorite. I also love Playful Parenting and<br>
Becoming the Parent You Want to Be. I voted for How to Talk and "other". I also love the Siblings without Rivalry book (same authors as How to Talk).
 
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