Wordless Wednesday: Gentle Parenting Put to the Test

Written by NPN_Admin on May 18th, 2011

Gentle Discipline, Wordless Wednesday

This week we asked: What does it look like when your gentle parenting is tested?

(Read more about practicing positive discipline on our resource page, and enjoy this week’s articles on the theme.)

Life gets messy. Go with it!

Mary Michael blogs at The Accidental Natural Mama.

From Shannon: “For some reason, I can cheerfully let my daughter paint (without a smock!), play in the dirt, and make almost any mess she wants. But when she tries to help me cook, that’s when my control issues come out, and I want her to do it right. We are trying, carefully, one step at a time, to enjoy the process together and not worry when food gets spilled, but it’s slow going for me.”

Shannon blogs at Pineapples & Artichokes.

From Lindsay: “Meredith at around 18 months old having fun with my dried chickpeas and barley. Luckily we were able to laugh about it and she sure had fun with them.”

Lindsay blogs at Living in Harmony.

From Alicia: “This is my 2 1/2 year-old son when we went on a walk recently. While I encourage exploring on these walks, there are some places he is not allowed to go β€” especially up into people’s yards because he can’t resist picking their flowers. In this particular photo, it took a LOT for me to not lose it. It was the thousandth time that day that I had asked him to come out of the yard and walk on the sidewalk. His reaction? Laughing at me and running farther away! We ended up walking back home β€” me, with a firm grip on his hand; him, screaming like a banshee! I half-expected a police car to pull us over the way he was carrying on. So much for gentle parenting on THAT one! (My jaw still aches from gritting my teeth β€” LOL.)”

Alicia blogs at McCrenshaw’s Newest Thoughts.

Little Man discovers the candy confiscated from an Easter basket. The ArtsyMama’s gentle parenting is tested when Little Man finds or is given chocolate.

Read more at The ArtsyMama.

From Charise: “Thanks to Baby Led Weaning, our very curious boy is almost always content when we go out to eat. He loves feeding himself all of the fun foods on the table. In this picture, Baby celebrates Cinco de Mayo with chips and salsa while Dada indulges in a margarita.”

Charise blogs at I Thought I Knew Mama.

From Amanda: “This picture includes myself and my youngest daughter after my older daughter received a brand new package of washable markers.”

Amanda blogs at Let’s Take the Metro.

From Kristin: “Here is the kind of moment we often have around here that tests my parenting patience! My three girls all screaming in unison (my twins are fighting over a bike, big sister is just joining in for fun).”

“This second photo is of the younger ones going in for a bite β€” yipes! Time to put down the camera and break it up!”

Kristin blogs at Intrepid Murmurings.

Tell us: What does gentle discipline look like in your family?

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12 Responses to Wordless Wednesday: Gentle Parenting Put to the Test

  1. MJ

    Had a doozy of a test yesterday :). Happy to share another great WW.

  2. Charise@I Thought I Knew Mama  

    These pics all made me laugh! It’s so easy to laugh when you’re not the one parenting in the moment πŸ™‚

  3. Joy

    Our little guy is only 13 months and we do lots of redirection! We try not to overuse the word “no” and I’ve taken to having him find “yesses” when I need to redirect. It seems to be working so far πŸ™‚ I LOVE the picture of the twins squabbling over the bike, LOL!

    • Kristin  

      Thanks, Joy — it makes me smile now too! It’s less funny in the moment sometimes,of course! Though that time with all of them screaming, it was one of those laugh-at-the-isanity kind of moments. I had a lot of those for awhile!

  4. Melissa (MamaWhimsy)

    I love that even in these types of moments, Mama’s (and Daddy’s too) are willing to strive to be peaceful and gentle in their parenting.

  5. Rachael  

    Amanda, you are a brave, brave woman.

  6. One Rich Mother  

    great collection! I love the one with markers. Sooo cute, every last one of them. : )

  7. Jessica | Cloth Diapering Mama  

    these are adorable! definitely make me smile and feel better about those hard moments!

  8. Kristin  

    Thanks for sharing all these great photos! In times like this I sometimes feel there are two ways for me to go — get mad or just laugh at the insanity. I try to go for the latter, though that doesn’t always happen, unfortunately! But I try!

  9. Lauren  

    Amanda β€”Β The other day, Mikko started drawing on his OWN face with a green marker (washable, too, thank goodness, given his Sharpie addiction). Just very calmly, he’d draw on the paper then on his face, then back to the paper. It cracked us up. He looked very warrior-like, and similar to you two. πŸ™‚

    Alicia β€”Β Been there! Sigh.

    • Amanda

      Well Heidi did draw on herself first, then Piper, then me. And later, all over the bathtub (much easier to wash). I think he’s just prepping himself to meet his new sibling πŸ™‚