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Hal Edward Runkel

The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool

3.8 (157 ratings)
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Screamfree Parenting is a book that emphasizes the importance of parents staying calm and focused while raising their children. Hal Edward Runkel guides parents to understand their role in shaping their child's future by teaching them how to establish respectful dialogue and maintain emotions in a healthy way.

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    Kick-start change in your parenting by becoming proactive.

    Are you that parent that loses her temper too fast? We all have been from time to time. But being insecure about your ability to be a good parent is tough to deal with. Thankfully, there are solutions.

    It starts with being proactive, rather than reactive. But what does this mean? Well, when you yell at your kid when she does something wrong, you’re reacting to her. If you want to be a screamfree parent, you’ll need to change your ways. By being proactive and guiding your child in the right direction before she starts causing trouble, you’re well on the way to a family with less stress.

    A key part of proactive parenting is setting boundaries to ensure that both you and your child have the space you need. If your child sees that you know the difference between being supportive and being overbearing, she’ll already be far less likely to do those things that make you want to scream. This helps you keep your cool while remaining 100 percent engaged in your child’s upbringing.

    But before you attempt to achieve this, there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind. The first is that parenting is about parents, i.e. you! – not your children. Rather than attempting to control your kids’ behavior, it’s time to make a fresh start and start working toward a screamfree approach to parenting that suits your whole family.

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    What is Screamfree Parenting about?

    Screamfree Parenting (2007) is your guide to a better relationship with your children. From the space and boundaries that a child needs, to the trust and love you need yourself, these blinks shed light on the principles of screamfree parenting.

    Screamfree Parenting Review

    Screamfree Parenting (2007) is a insightful guide on creating a more peaceful and fulfilling parenting experience by focusing on our own growth and emotional well-being. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It offers practical strategies for remaining calm and composed during challenging parenting moments, enabling us to respond instead of react.
    • With its thought-provoking insights and relatable anecdotes, the book provides a fresh perspective on parenting that goes beyond traditional advice.
    • By emphasizing the importance of our own personal development, the book helps us build stronger relationships with our children and experience deeper fulfillment as parents.

    Best quote from Screamfree Parenting

    In fact, freedom without limitation would be disastrous. Space without place would be anarchy.

    —Hal Edward Runkel
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    Who should read Screamfree Parenting?

    • Parents of children of all ages
    • All mothers- and fathers-to-be
    • People interested in the psychology of positive parent-child relationships

    About the Author

    Hal Edward Runkel is a family and marriage therapist, teacher and speaker on topics like family relationships. Screamfree Parenting was his first bestselling book in a series of books about screamfree relationships.

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    What is the main message of Screamfree Parenting?

    The main message of Screamfree Parenting is about maintaining calm and connection with our children.

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    Is Screamfree Parenting a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Screamfree Parenting is a valuable read for parents who want to improve their relationships with their children and create a calmer home environment.

    Who is the author of Screamfree Parenting?

    The author of Screamfree Parenting is Hal Edward Runkel.

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