417 – What Parents Really Want

Cooperation without Punishment
Laura Markham

Clients challenged by their children often resort to old-fashioned reward and threat strategies like timeouts, sticker charts, and consequences. But the best parenting tool is always the relationship with, not control over, the child. By emphasizing parental self-regulation, strengthening parent-child connection, and welcoming emotions while setting limits, the Peaceful Parenting approach offers hope for parents who don’t want to punish but don’t know what else to do. In this workshop, you’ll discover how to:

  • Transform your clients’ relationships with their children with preventive maintenance rituals, like purposeful roughhousing, special time, and scheduled meltdowns, that help children work through emotions and connect with parents
  • Adapt mindfulness techniques to help parents become more aware of their emotions in the moment
  • Empower clients to help their children want to cooperate by using emotion coaching to stay connected with their child even while setting limits


Laura Markham, PhD, is author of Peaceful Parents, Happy Kids, Peaceful Parents, Happy Siblings, and The Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids Workbook.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Laura Markham is the founding editor of AhaParenting.com. She is an author and receives royalties.
Non-financial: Laura Markham has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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