Nov 01

Book Review: The Gentle Parent, by L.R. Knost

The Gentle Parent final cover high res

I am so excited to bring your attention to another must-read parenting book by L.R. Knost.  The third in her Little Hearts Handbook series (the first two were Two Thousand Kisses a Day, and Whispers Through Time), The Gentle Parent gets right to the heart of parenting and disciplining gently:  with cooperation, communication, and connection.    While I wholeheartedly recommend that you read – and implement – all three, you needn’t have read the first two in order to read this one!

As she did with her first two books, Knost presents her information in a clear, easy-to-read conversational style, in short little chapters that are perfect for busy parents.  Using both a wealth of facts and her own tried and true personal experience, she takes the reader’s hand and guides her through all those tricky moments that trip up even the best of parents.  Always keeping your relationship with your child as the utmost of importance, she shows you why punishment is not the answer, and how you can gently and kindly deal with such issues as:

~ A toddler who is hitting, kicking, and biting

~ Parenting in public

~ Strong-willed children

~ Lying

~ What it really means when a child is acting out

~ Teens who are hurting

And so much more!  This little book is FULL of information that you can begin implementing in your household right now…. information that will help you have a happier, closer, more peaceful relationship with your child.

It is simply a must read.   And you can pick up the Kindle edition for less than the cost of a Starbucks coffee drink.  And that’s not all.

Today Only!  You can get the accompanying Gentle Parenting Workshop on Kindle for FREE.

Gentle Parenting Workshop 1 Getting Started on Your Gentle Journey

From it’s Amazon description:

The Gentle Parenting Workshops from award-winning author, L.R.Knost are companions to her best-selling parenting books, ‘Two Thousand Kisses a Day,’ ‘Whispers Through Time,’ and the newest release, ’The Gentle Parent.’ The first workshop in the series, ‘Gentle Parenting Workshop 1: Getting Started on Your Gentle Journey,’ will help you set your gentle parenting goals, identify specific parenting problems, and target practical solutions to help you along on your journey to gentle parenting.

There are few parenting authors that I can recommend with such wholehearted and unwavering faith, support, and trust.  L.R. Knost is one of them.



Best-selling parenting and children’s book author and mother of six, L.R.Knost, is an independent child development researcher and founder and director of the advocacy and consulting group, Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources. Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages and Whispers Through Time: Communication Through the Ages and Stages of Childhood are the first in her Little Hearts Handbooks series of parenting guides. The newest book in the series, The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline was just released on November 1, 2013. Other works by this award-winning author include the children’s picture books Petey’s Listening Ears, and the soon-to-be-released Grumpykins series for ages 2 to 6, which are humorous and engaging tools for parents, teachers, and caregivers to use in implementing gentle parenting techniques in their homes and schools.

  • Kirsty

    Jen this looks like a great book . I am wondering though whether one might wind up feeling guilty for all the very non-gentle engagements one has had with their child after reading such beautiful advice! I have read my fair share of parenting books but I can’t look at one now without feeling quite depressed that I can’t and haven’t lived up to the ideal that the author outlines. We don’t smack but I have plenty of times yelled, physically removed child from house because of behaviour I can’t tolerate etc etc. I strongly did not wish to practice any of this but 8 years down the track so many of my lovely ideas at the outset have crumbled and fallen. Is this another one of those types of books? I have had this experience with many of the Waldorf parenting books I have read.

    • http://www.jennifermcgrail.com/ pathlesstaken

      Kirsty, I totally get what you’re saying, but I can honestly say that I don’t know anyone who conveys such advice so kindly and gently and *without* making you feel guilty. :) We have all been there, and she so understands that. She will also freely share examples from her own life. Have you been to her Facebook page at all? https://www.facebook.com/littleheartsbooks Definitely spend some time there and see how she interacts with questions, etc, and how she advises and supports without ever shaming, placing blame, laying guilt, etc. That same sweetness comes across in her books for sure.

      • Kirsty

        Thanks Jen for the advice there.. I will definitely think about reading this book given your reply. thanks :)

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