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Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages

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Gentle parenting is about guiding instead of controlling, connecting instead of punishing, encouraging instead of demanding. It's about listening, understanding, responding, and communicating. Written by children's book and parenting author, L.R.Knost, 'Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages' is an introduction to the ideas behind gentle pa ...more
Paperback, 114 pages
Published February 19th 2013 by Little Hearts Books, LLC
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Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
"When we send children to their rooms as punishment or to think about what they've done, we are leaving them all alone in a stormy sea of human emotions when what they really need in that moment is to reconnect with us. They need our wisdom and guidance and the reassurance that, no matter what mistakes they make, no matter how badly they fail, no matter how far they fall, we will always, always be there to help them and heal them and forgive them and love them. That is the heart of gentle parent ...more
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The concept of gentle parenting can be a bit vague sometimes, but this book is filled with clear explanations and practical suggestions. It has further turned my heart toward my child -- to help me see him as a whole person whom I am mentoring and guiding, instead of a little person who needs to be controlled. I feel affirmed and encouraged in my decision to parent with kindness, empathy, and respect.
Easy to understand but definitely lacked nuts and bolts. This writer comes off as a bit know-it-all-ish but doesn't seem to get too in depth around ideas, problem-solving, or resources. But not a total waste of time.
Keren Threlfall

Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting through the Ages & Stages  is written by L.R. Knost, a woman who is herself a veteran mother (and now grandmother), while also still having her heart and hands engaged over many of the ages and stages of parenting. Her six living children range in age from twenty-five months to twenty-five years.

Knost's book explores the basic framework of gentle parenting and how it is played out from infancy through adulthood. This book is a helpful read for par
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: baby-parenting, 2013
JUST won this.....very excited and CANNOT wait to get it so I can start reading. :-)
Some really fantastic ideas and tips for peaceful parenting....
Nov 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: parenting, nonfiction
Very short book about parenting challenges. Self-published and written in a blog-post style.

Most of the material in this book is the author stating her opinions. A handful of research studies are sited.

A friend recommended this because she said the author bases her parenting tips on biblical principles. I didn't find that to be the case, there was no indication that this is a Christian author. The parenting tips seem to be very emotionally driven. Occasionally the author touts her opinion with e
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
A wonderful resource that I will refer back to on my gentle parenting journey. I was surprised to discover I already do a good amount of these techniques and I'm excited and motivated to improve in other aspects. This is beautifully written and very quotable (I highlighted so, so much!). Touches on all age groups and gives detailed, helpful examples. Though it be a quick read, I would suggest for anyone looking to improve their gentle/positive parenting understanding.
Ree Jones
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, parenting
I am finally marking this book off as read, but I am honestly going to be going back to it again and again. It is already dogeared, highlighted and underlined. This is the best parenting book I've read and the only one I feel I will continue to need. I cannot recommend this book enough, I am grateful for it.
E. Caswell
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is meant to be read with her other (very short) books, which I believe are self-published. As a standalone book it is a worthwhile read, but wants for more resources. This book is more introductory to gentle parenting, but worth the read. Her articles, blog, and books have been a lifeline to me in my parenting journey, and working with kids.
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good inspiration

A quick read that served as a good reminder of the parent I want to be and how this can be built into daily life as well as some of the early "big issues" like sleep and potty training.
Colleen Mertens
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is similar to Jesus, the Gentle Parent. It repeats the need to listen to and understand your child. The book's basic premise is that parents should guild and shepherd their children as opposed to controlling them.
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Some good advice in this book, but do your research since some parts are actually outdated.
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s just so good! Like sitting down to coffee with another Mother who gets it all and getting the richest advice for making it all work better.
deborah wilding
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gentle Parenting struck a chord with me -a very useful tool for all parents and parents to be

Before reading this book, I thought I was a fair and consistent parent who always showed my 4 children love and kindness. What I have come to realize since reading it is that even though that was my intention, I was getting caught up in controlling what they were doing with saying "no" all the time and using techniques like time out or the naughty step and on the occasion, yelling for effect. This book h
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Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting-guides
Calm, Reassuring, Likable...

Written in L.R.Knost's signature easy-to-read and conversational style, 'Two Kisses a Day' offers an overview of gentle parenting from birth through young adulthood along with concrete suggestions and insights into how to implement gentle parenting in each stage of childhood. Her seasoned and practical approach based on extensive child development research and years of parent mentoring as well as over twenty-five years of parenting her six children is as likable as it
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a book you'll devour in one sitting and then keep close at hand for easy reference as your children grow. I don't usually think of how-to or self-help type books as being enjoyable to read, but that's exactly what this book is--enjoyable and relaxing. It offers lots of practical tips without the "you shouldn'ts" and "you must's" that can make parents either feel guilty for how they've parented in the past or burdened down with a list of regulations for how they should parent in the futur ...more
JL Morse
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A long time reader of LR Knost's blog, this book is a must for any parent (or supportive family member, teacher.. in fact anyone interacting authentically and with connection to another human being). I love her reminders about connection, stillness, honouring your child and their emotions. As a mother of six, you also feel the author is really talking from experience, that she genuinely treasures connection with her children, and helping others do the same.

LR Knost stands up for the child as an
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-book-shelf
As a new parent, I am in need of some how tos parenting. This book provides a nice way of gentle parenting that I believe is the way to nurture and guide a child. Some of the steps are not going to be useful for me until my toddler reaches those stages. But for now, I will keep this book and read it all over again when the time comes.

Thumbs up for L.R. Knost!
Cassie Cole
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was delightful. Very simple to read with a warm tone. The author offers great examples and outlines the basic steps to take to incorporate gentle parenting into your lifestyle. I will be referring back to this time and time again.
Juliet Swedlund
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I would have loved for this book to be bigger and more robust. I liked what I read, appreciated ways to parent gently through developmental stages, and look forward to using it as a reference as my child grows.
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great resource for those of you looking to be Gentle or Peaceful parents.
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book and I thought it was a good introduction to gentle parenting. I guess my one complaint would be that it was too short and did not go in-depth enough.
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
a very quick, encouraging read. found via the rie blog which also has wonderful info.
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway.

A sweet read.
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book on parenting

I love the insight this book provides and I hope to be a gentle parent to my baby in the coming years.
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Award-winning author, feminist, and social justice activist, L.R.Knost, is the founder and director of the children's rights advocacy and family consulting group, Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources ( ), and Editor-in-Chief of Holistic Parenting Magazine. Her work has been quoted from Hollywood to D.C. to South Africa, most notably in an address on children's ...more
“It's not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It's our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.” 284 likes
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