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Giraffe Juice Workbook

Companion workbook to Giraffe Juice: The Magic of Making Life Wonderful offering a fun and entertaining way for parents and teachers to share NVC with young people aged 8 to 12. The books complement each other and either can be read first.

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Giraffe Juice

Giraffe Juice is a fun introduction to the world of Nonviolent Communication for ages 8-12 (and most adults). What's the secret to making peace with people who are hard to get on with? You probably already know, but sometimes forget.

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Connected Parenting

CD by Inbal Kashtan covering NVC principles as applied to parenting and family life. Topics: working with 'no', shifting from guilt, reward/punishment to open-hearted communication, cultivating responsibility and consideration for others.

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Giraffe Tales

Audio stories to introduce children to the consciousness of Nonviolent Communication. CD by Kathleen MacFerran with the stories “How Giraffes Found Their Hearts” and “How Giraffes Got Their Ears”. Narrated with a musical backing.

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Growing Up In Trust

Justine Mol's alternative to raising children by reward and punishment based on NVC. Based on the idea that 'traditional' ways of raising kids leads to disinterest, shame, fear and aggressive competition and that NVC offers an alternative.

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Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids

7 simple keys for parents to promote mutual respect with their children through NVC. Handbook written by Sura Hart and Victoria Kindle Hodson to move past typical parenting techniques to create emotional safety and open communication.

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Please, Thank You

Vilma Costetti's NVC childrens' book to help make clear requests and express thanks. Ask for what we want in ways that avoid demands or threats and learn how to say 'thank you' in ways that reveal the full richness of what we have received.

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Raising Children Compassionately

Marshall Rosenberg's NVC booklet for parents about raising children with compassion. Resource for anyone working with children to motivate kids without punishment or reward and help them resolve conflicts and express themselves clearly.

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Parenting From Your Heart

Booklet of NVC parenting tips and exercises to foster trust and improve cooperation. Written by Inbal Kashtan about making connection your top priority even at the most difficult times, share power in the family and inspire open dialogue.

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Ginny Be a Good Frog

Vilma Costetti's NVC story book for younger children about listening with the heart. Ginny the frog wants to do as her mother wishes, but she does not understand or how she should do it until she finds the magic of listening with her heart.

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Zak

Nonviolent Communication story book for 7-12 year olds, written by Bridget Belgrave. Conveys the values of empathy, connecting with nature, honouring differences, and being your unique self. Full of adventure, humour, magic and discovery.

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The Mayor of Jackal Heights

Illustrated Nonviolent Communication children’s book by Rita Herzog and Kathy Smith. A boy struggles in the role of Mayor in a town of Jackals until his Giraffe friend gives him special glasses which allows him to see feelings and needs.

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Duck Tales and Jackal Taming Hints

Marshall Rosenberg's whimsical Nonviolent Communication story told by 'Deer Friend'. An illustrated tale about the skills needed to understand human beings even when their communication is difficult and makes them sound like jackals.

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Free Parenting Resources


'Do it NOW'
What to do when children don’t do what you want them to do. Article by Jo McHale with tips on how to make agreements with children and what to do when they are not kept. Also the ‘violence’ of insistence and the use and misuse of power.
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Bringing Home Compassion
Faye Landey describes seeing NVC in action with a Mum of 3 year in an out-of-control 'melt down' in a restaurant. As Faye describes, the mother "stayed true to 'holding the space of compassion' for another human being and for herself"
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Compassionate Connection - The Natural Child Project
Inbal Kashtan deals with questions such as, "How to deal with a 2 yo when he grabs every toy his friend plays with? How to talk with a 10 yo about the undone chores, again? What strategies will keep our teenager open with us - and safe?"
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Compassionate Solutions
Wendy McDonnell's site devoted to families. Regularly updated with plenty of high quality articles plus weekly audio podcasts taken from 'Family Matters Radio', an hour long "conversations about family life", broadcast on Canadian radio.
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Heart Of Parenting
Article by Marion Badenoch Rose introducing NVC for parenting. NVC, she says, "shifts our thinking from good and bad judgments to heartfelt connection with ourselves and our children through focusing on the universal human needs".
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Love is the best Discipline
Article by Wendy McDonnell about how NVC helps us when our children are crying. "Research and best parenting practices are revealing what those parents have known all along. We cry when our vital physical and emotional needs are not met."
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NVC - PET (Parent Effectiveness Training)
Cate Crombie offers her thoughts on similarities and differences between NVC and Thomas Gordon's Parent Effectiveness Training. Although they are similar to each other, having roots in Rogers and the 1960's, they emphasise different things.
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NVC with Small Children
Seeds of Peace article with tips and examples about using NVC with children. "The intention of NVC is to meet on the level of needs, with the understanding that on this level there are no ‘adults’ and no ‘children’, just human beings".
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Problem with Praise
Article by Shantigarbha and Christa Gronow about the problem with praising children. "Through practising and teaching parents Nonviolent Communication, we’ve come to see both punishment and reward as aspects of ‘power over’ parenting."
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Setting Limits (the Nonviolent Way)
Article by Kathy Gordon on setting limits with Nonviolent Parenting. With insights from research on human brain development, this reinforces the importance of empathy, especially when children are overwhelmed and in emotional 'melt-down'.
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Turning Conflict Into Co-operation
Seeds of Peace Article. "Parents .. want to support their children to develop strong characters and the skills to make decisions for themselves – yet none of this can happen when children are acting out of fear of blame or punishment.
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