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.
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.
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.”