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'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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