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At the beginning of 2016 I began a parenting course taught by Dr. Laura Markham (creator of ahaparenting.com). It has been invaluable and a total game changer for me. I have no doubt it could benefit you as well, but the real reason I’m telling you about it is because as I listened to the audio recordings and did the reading, over and over again I had scriptures, quotes from the brethren, lines from hymns, and spiritual thoughts and impressions enter my mind. It became clear in my mind that peaceful parenting is totally in line with the gospel of Jesus Christ. This parenting style has helped me better apply gospel principles in my parenting. I think sometimes we (or at least I) have a hard time knowing exactly how to apply the simple truths of the gospel to every aspect of our lives. Delving deeper into the application of peaceful parenting has been a great tool to help me do that in my role as a mother. As I have learned I have received multiple impressions from the Spirit that I was to record the thoughts I’ve had and the spiritual connections I’ve made, as well as the personal experiences I’ve had. I have also received more than one prompting to share them. So, that is the purpose of this blog.
One important thing for you to know as you read my blog is that, while I have a testimony of the things I share, I am not perfect at living them. I am still learning and trying to improve. And I don’t judge other parents for their shortcomings or their beliefs, even if they differ from mine.
Note: Because most of my peaceful parenting education has been through Dr. Markham, I will link to her site often. She has many articles on the different aspects of peaceful parenting, if you are interested in learning more. Another fantastic resource for peaceful parenting is handinhandparenting.org.