Raising Children Compassionately: Parenting the Nonviolent Communication Way Paperback – Sep 1 2004
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First, even though the publication is 48 pages long, there's very little real content inside. It's extremely short, takes about a half-hour to read in its entirety, and it provides little more than a handful of (admittedly heartfelt) anecdotes about several positive interactions the author has had with his own children. However, most of the insights in this booklet are adequately described in the product description. While Rosenberg's other books may be bursting with wisdom, this one was very, very light. Not recommended, despite its low price.
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Though I haven't yet mentioned it, my favorite part of the book was learning about how just about every painful or uncomfortable emotion we experience is an unmet need. This shifts the thinking away from evaluating children and ourselves in a moralistic sense and moves towards "a language based on needs". Inside the back cover of the book is a helpful table listing emotions we feel when our needs are not being met, and very simple and respectful ways we can ask others to meet our needs without trampling upon theirs.
As a reader, I was under the impression that I was reading a well-written draft of what might be an excellent manual. At the end of a 30-minute reading I was left with a sour taste. Especially at the end, with many pages used for advertising other similar pamphlets.
If you are interested in raising children within NVC philosophy, I strongly suggest avoiding this book, and investing in the title "Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids: 7 Keys to Turn Family Conflict into Co-operation" by Sura Hart and Victoria Kindle Hodson, 2006, which deals with basically the same NVC principles in much more in-depth approach.
The ideas are important. The message was important. The author must not think they are important enough to share with everyone, only those willing to pay a quarter a page.
This book(let) is not widely useful with very young kids, but I like to have the non-violent communication luggage on board early on; I am sure it will come in handy once my kids grow to be the age that I be tempted to threaten or bribe them! However, I think I need to read some more of Rosenberg's to fully understand his paradigm and communication guidelines.
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