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Gentle Parenting: Part 1
The Gentle Parenting movement has been around long enough that it means different things to different people, but the single unifying characteristic is “no punishment” (as they call it)—not ever, not for any reason. That includes no time outs, no stern rebukes, no authoritative rule, etc.

Gentle Parenting Described
Sarah Ockwell-Smith outlines the concept in her blog “What Is Gentle Parenting?” as having four pillars: empathy, respect, understanding, and boundaries.
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Teaching Thankfulness
Teach your children to be thankful by example and then by arranging home life so they must earn access to the pleasurable extras of life. They must see the link between labor and reward, between things and the cost. Literature abounds with stories of kings or wealthy men placing their sons as servants or as common men in order to prepare them for the high level of responsibility they will eventually inherit. It is well known that the coddled are not as competent in positions of responsibility as are those who worked their way to the top.
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