When I worked in Oregon, Love & Logic was a well-known parenting philosophy. In Pennsylvania, very few people have ever heard of it. Let me tell you HOW MUCH I LOVE "Love and Logic". In Oregon I was able to hear Jim Fay, the founder of the program, speak and I assisted a colleagues in leading a parenting training class. Now, I reference my materials frequently and WISH I could be as loving and logical in practice as I intend to be :)
It teaches ways to deal with normal, every day occurrences in ways that don't drain a parents energy and most importantly, TEACHES YOUR KIDS THAT THEY ARE CAPABLE OF MAKING GOOD DECISIONS.
I'm a strong believer in "natural consequences", or not rescuing my kids from their own actions. However, this parenting philosophy meets every parenting situation first with LOVE & EMPATHY!
Here's an example from the Love and Logic website:
Dad: "Oh, no. You left your bike unlocked and it was stolen. What a bummer. I bet you feel awful. Well, I understand how easy it is to make a mistake like that." (Notice that the parent is not leading with anger, intimidation, or threats.)
Dad then adds, "And you'll have another bike as soon as you can earn enough money to pay for it. I paid for the first one. You can pay for the additional ones."
I've placed some affiliate links to the Love and Logic books and audio cds I've used and recommend along the side ---->
Have you ever heard and/or used Love & Logic?
If not, what parenting philosophies do you use?
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