Parenting Resources for Raising Peaceful Children

The Caring Child (1992)
Author:  Nancy Eisenberg
The Caring Child is about pro-social behavior as it develops in babies and children, and how that development comes about, according to research.  The author identifies a variety of relevant factors in a child’s life, and how these influence the development of altruistic, cooperative and sharing behaviors.

Child Honoring:  How to Turn This World Around (2006)
Editors:  Raffi Cavoukian & Sharna Olfman
With a foreword by the Dalai Lama and inspiring introduction by singer Raffi, this book offers a proactive developmental approach to creating healthy and sustainable societies.  Scholars, activists and writers draw a vision of a compassionate revolution in values and a children-first approach to global restoration.

Hope and Healing:  Peaceful Parenting in an Uncertain World (2002)
Author:  Naomi Drew
Naomi Drew writes as a mother, a teacher, and an expert on conflict resolution. She has written a book that helps parents keep peace at home, step by easy step, while also raising compassionate kids to help make peace possible in the world at large.

Parenting for a Peaceful World (2005)
Author:  Robin Grille
Parenting for a Peaceful World
is a fascinating look at how child-rearing customs have shaped societies and major world events. It reveals how children adapt to and are influenced by different parenting styles and how safeguarding their emotional development is the key to creating a more peaceful, harmonious, and sustainable world.

Peaceful Parents, Peaceful Kids:  Practical Ways to Create a Calm and Happy Home (2000)
Author:  Naomi Drew
This guide provides a step-by-step plan to encourage active listening and conflict resolution and explains techniques that will help children cope with stress and talk about their problems instead of resorting to angry outbursts and fights.  Topics are illustrated by concrete situations, hands-on examples, and testimonials.

Positive Parenting for a Peaceful World:  A Practical Guide for the First Twelve Years (2006)
Authors:  Ruth Todd & Janet Bloomfield
Two experts in non-violence show how to practice established conflict resolution techniques with children from birth through adolescence.  A better awareness of our own needs and wants and peaceful ways to meet them leads to families sharing, working and playing together so that peace is a normal feature of their daily life.

Raising Children Compassionately:  Parenting the Nonviolent Communication Way (Nonviolent Communication Guides (2004)
Author:  Marshall B. Rosenberg
This booklet, using the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) process, stresses the importance of putting compassionate connection first to create a mutually respectful, enriching family dynamic.  Rosenberg’s process helps children learn to successfully resolve conflicts and express themselves clearly.

Raising Peaceful Children In A Violent World (1997)
Authors:  Nancy Lee Cecil & Patricia L. Roberts
The authors offer practical advice, particularly about conflict resolution and appreciation for diversity.  A reader writes, “This is the best practical guide to teaching children the value of peace and nonviolence.”

Unconditional Parenting:  Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason (2006)
Author:  Alfie Kohn
Kohn posits that typical parenting techniques such as time-out, threats and rewards only result in short-term compliance.  The author offers alternative techniques such as helping children solve problems, providing them with choices, and using reason, humor and, as a last resort; a restorative time away (not a punitive time-out) to help children become caring, competent and responsible.

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