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Force Free Parenting Isn’t Easy – Update on the Writing of the Book

A couple of years ago I began writing a book, Force Free Parenting. My vision for the book was for it to be a comprehensive exploration, resource and collection of alternatives regarding the nature and use of force in adult child relationships. My vision remains. However, my life has changed since I started writing and […]

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When Force Feels Necessary Part 2 – Real Life Example: Babies

When we are questioning the use of force, we are somehow deeming it potentially necessary. The next few posts will share some real life examples using ACT (Assess, Choose, Trust) to determine how we want to move forward when we are considering the use of force1. We have a myriad of choices in any given […]

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Brief Interruption and Invite for the Sane Parenting Challenge

What effect does force have in your life? What about your child’s? These are the topics we’ll be discussing for the next few posts, once I get back to writing the book! First, I have an important interruption and invitation for you – The Sane Parenting Challenge. When I wrote Sane Parenting (Chapter 17 – Practical Alternatives […]

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The Ways We Force – Expectation and Projection: Chapter 2 Section 10

Expectation and Projection – What are your expectations for your child right now? How about for yourself? Our expectations may or may not meet reality, but they certainly contribute greatly to our experience. Check in with your expectations to see how they are forming your parenting journey and how you can shift them to create […]

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The Unseen – Why Some Parenting Strategies Don’t Work or Don’t Work For Long

Have you ever noticed that some parenting strategies simply don’t stick – or don’t stick for long? It’s like something will work for a while and then something changes and woop – not anymore! We can attribute this to differences in children, parents, personality, ability, ages and stages. Some of that has its pertinence for […]

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The Ways We Force – Physical Control and Harm of the Body: Chapter 2 Section 1

Force is alive and well in the world. There’s not a time in recorded history that force has not been alive. Early Biblical stories describe imposition of personal will as leading to the detriment of humanity. Cave dweller drawings depict wars between peoples, and animals, illustrating force. Regardless of our beliefs, if we want to […]

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