In addition to the resources below, various tools on effective parenting, peace education, and related topics are available at Institute for Global Education. Please check our office hours before stopping by.
Local Parenting for Peace homepage and related webpages hosted by Institute for Global Education
Child and Family Resource Council website. Has wide variety of educational materials and support services that promote nonviolent childcaring. Also publishes a comprehensive “Family Resource Guide”.
General review of corporal punishment and its effects globally as well as individually. Written by community activist Richa
Web resources by Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education; focus is on corporal punishment, but has lots of related resource materials, links to other sources of information.
Wonderful Ways to Love a Child, by Judy Ford, 1995, Conari Press
A collection of short descriptions of what it means to “Really Love Yourself,” “Encourage, Encourage,” “Celebrate Mistakes,” “Walk in the Rain,” “Let Go When It’s Time,” and 60 other pithy statements about a loving relationship with your child.
Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason, by Alfie Kohn, 2005, Atria Books. Provides extensive research and solid arguments for going the next step beyond avoidance of corporal punishment, or punishment and reward in general for that matter – focusing on the needs of children, as well as establishing mutual relationships with rather than controlling children.
Spare the Child: The Religious Roots of Punishment and the Psychological Impact of Physical Abuse, by Philip Greven, 1992, Vintage.
Excellent review of Protestant roots of corporal punishment, with some of the many effects – such as apocalyptic thinking – on children, families, and our society.
Raising peaceful children in a Violent World, by Nancy Lee Cecil, 1995, LuraMedia
Practical approach based on author’s personal experience and research. Lots of ideas, clarifying questions, and fun learning exercises.
Parenting for a Peaceful World, by Robin Grille, 2005, Longueville Media
Lots of info on history of childhood, ways to relate to children and their effects on the children. Only existing book that makes a strong connection between treatment of children and large-scale social issues including war, human rights, sustainability. Very well referenced.
Child Honoring, edited by Raffi Cavoukian and Sharna Olfman, 2006, Praeger
A wonderful collection from many different perspectives connecting how we relate to children with the state of our world. Can be a great catalyst for positive change.