Gentle Discipline

Sarah Ockwell-Smith is the author of the new book, Gentle Discipline: Using Emotional Connection–Not Punishment–to Raise Confident, Capable Kids. Sarah is a popular parenting expert whose blog is read by two million parents each year. A trained prenatal teacher, birth and postnatal doula, and pediatric homeopath, she is also the cofounder of GentleParenting.com. She lives in a 350-year-old cottage in rural Essex, UK with her family, including four school-age children.

Our Dreams for Our Children

Our guest this week on Pathways is Richard Weijo, author of Our Dreams for our Children: Creating Legacies that Inspire Each New Generation to Achieve a Brighter Future. His passion is to inspire the seventy-six million baby boomers to take a comprehensive view of creating legacy by providing a thoughtful planning guide to help them realize how they can enrich the lives of their children, grandchildren, and future generations.

Lewis Richmond: A Whole Life’s Work

Lewis Richmond discusses his book, A Whole Life’s Work, a sequel and companion to his first book, Work as a Spiritual Practice. Richmond is a direct disciple of Zen Buddhist Master Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, and a lineage holder in his tradition. Lew founded the Vimala Sangha in 2003 as a vehicle for the continuation of Suzuki-Roshi’s teaching, and as a way to develop “Householder Zen” — the path of Zen practice and teaching by people leading busy lives, with job, home, and family.

Family Resilience

Po Bronson shares his book, Why Do I Love These People? Honest and Amazing Stories of Real Families. Po also wrote What Should I Do With My Life? in addition to several novels. His second novel The first 20 Million is Always the Hardest was released as a feature film in 2002 by 20th Century Fox. Po is also a founder of the Grotto, a cooperative writing space in San Francisco.

How to Negotiate with Kids

Scott Brown, author of How to Negotiate with Kids, is a founding member of the acclaimed Harvard Negotiation Project, and brings his negotiating skills to the parenting arena. A parent of four himself, he realized that parents can apply the same negotiating skills used at work to their home life. Brown first explains the difference in negotiating styles, which can be summarized as “hard bargaining” and “accommodating.” Put simply, the former want to lay down the rules while the latter may be too willing to give in to their children’s demands. The key to using negotiation tactics successfully as a parent is to “balance coercion with persuasion.”

Ready, Set, Grow

Lynda Madaras discusses her book, Ready, Set, Grow — A What’s Happening to My Body Book for Younger Girls. Lynda is the author of eleven books on health, childcare, and parenting. She is recognized worldwide for her unique non-threatening style, excellent organization, and thorough coverage of the experience of adolescence. She lives in California.

When Our Grown Kids Disappoint Us

Jane Adams, Ph.D. talks about her book, When Our Grown Kids Disappoint Us: Letting Go Of Their Problems, Loving Them Anyway, and Getting On With Our Lives. She has spent over two decades researching and reporting on how Americans live, work, and love, and especially how they respond to social change. A frequent media commentator, she has published more than a hundred articles, essays and columns in national magazines and newspapers and is the author of eight nonfiction books.