Here are a few sites and books that have helped me on my journey towards non-violent parenting.
The first five books below are written by Christians from varying perspectives but all of them explain ways of relating to children, teaching and training them in the way they should go, without hitting them. I do not agree with every single detail in every book but they are a great place to start reading about parenting.
I so wish I had read these books before my children were born.
- Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages
This book is by no means a complete aid in itself but it is a short, easy introduction (only 100 pages or so) to gentle parenting from a Christian perspective written by L.R. Knost, a home schooling mother of 6 whose oldest son is now a pastor.
- Heartfelt Discipline
Clay Clarkson is a father of four who believed in spanking for most of his time as a parent. Along the way, he learned about the heart of parenting which he talks about in his book. He also has a very detailed explanation of why the Bible does not teach spanking. For those who are interested, he goes into the Hebrew and explains it pretty thoroughly.
- Grace-Based Parenting
By Tim Kimmel, prominent writer, speaker, and father of 4. I find some of his writing Tim Keller-esque. There is a website for the book series.
- Making Children Mind without Losing Yours
Kevin Leman is a psychologist, author, father of 5 and unabashedly Christian. This is a humorous and helpful book with many practical examples and stories from his own experiences (and mistakes!) as a parent.
- The Discipline Book
Dr. Sears is a pediatrician in California and father of 8 and father of so-called Attachment Parenting. He has a encyclopaedic web site with a lot of information for parents.
- How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
OK, so the authors of this book are not Christian but parenting without spanking relies so heavily on communication and connecting to each child, this book is very helpful. Both authors have 3 children each.
Some online resources, great for reference for specific problems.
Let me know if you have any questions, want more resources, or seek to join an online Christian peaceful parenting community!