Friday, March 25, 2011

List of Unconditional Parenting Principles

If you haven't heard of UP (unconditional parenting), do yourself a favor and get the book, Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn. It is a must read for anyone interested in attachment parenting, gentle discipline, or any alternative style of parenting. Like my list of AP principles, I like to return to this list to remind myself of what's important.

Principles of Unconditional Parenting
1.       Be reflective
2.       Reconsider your requests
3.       Keep your eye on your long-term goals
4.       Put the relationship first
5.       Change how you see, not just how you act
6.       R-E-S-P-E-C-T
7.       Be authentic
8.       Talk less, ask more
9.       Keep their ages in mind
10.   Attribute to children the best possible motive consistent with the facts
11.   Don't stick your no's in unnecessarily
12.   Don't be rigid
13.   Don't be in a hurry
from "Unconditional Parenting" by Alfie Kohn

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