10 Best Parenting Books For Discipline
Updated on: March 2023
Best Parenting Books For Discipline in 2023
No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind
1-2-3 Magic: 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting
The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind
Grace Based Discipline: How to Be at Your Best When Your Kids Are at Their Worst
Parenting With Love And Logic (Updated and Expanded Edition)
How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7
Positive Discipline: The Classic Guide to Helping Children Develop Self-Discipline, Responsibility, Cooperation, and Problem-Solving Skills
Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family
No-Drama Discipline Workbook: Exercises, Activities, and Practical Strategies to Calm The Chaos and Nurture Developing Minds
Toddler Discipline for Every Age and Stage: Effective Strategies to Tame Tantrums, Overcome Challenges, and Help Your Child Grow
After the Viral Laptop Shooting Video, a Brief History of Child Discipline
Tommy Jordan, a man both revered and reviled, posted an eight-minute video on Facebook to his daughter and her friends. In the video he used his .45 to shoot her laptop after she posted insulting comments on Facebook. A brief history of child discipline:
How does Tommy Jordan's provocative act, both lauded and criticized by countless commentators, compare to child disciplinary tactics of the past?
According to libraryindex.com, child discipline in past generations was often quite harsh compared to today's standards.
* In ancient Rome a father had complete legal control over his family and could even kill his children for disobedience.
* During the Middle Ages (650-1450 AD) children had few rights, with harsh corporal (physical) punishment being the norm. While a parent could be punished for killing a child, corporal punishment was taught to be the most effective form of discipline. Children could receive corporal punishment from teachers as well as parents.
* Only after the 1400s, during the Renaissance, did children come to be viewed by many as different than adults and therefore not as deserving of corporal punishment. Children became viewed as beings to be nurtured and guided more than forced.
* During the 1500s and 1600s most children left school early to engage in apprenticeships, where they learned work skills by training under masters who often engaged in physical punishment.
* Strict Protestant groups, such as the Puritan settlers in America, continued to engage in harsh child discipline throughout the 1600s, often viewing children as property of the parents. Through the end of the 1600s it was uncommon for anything short of substantial physical injury to warrant any sort of criminal repercussions on parents, teachers, or work supervisors.
* By the mid-1800s the law began to change to protect children from abusive parents, with the 1840 Tennessee case Johnson v. State declaring that parents should not be allowed to use "cruel and merciless punishment."
* According to uslegal.com, children were considered property of the father under English common law until the late 1800s. English common law was a major foundation of American law during the early days of the United States.
* In 1874 citizens of New York create the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children after lawyers from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals had to sue to protect an abused orphan; at the time there were no organized groups to protect abused children.
* By 1972 every state in the United States had mandatory reporting laws requiring that professionals like doctors and teachers report signs of child abuse to law enforcement. A federal law was passed in 1974 to provide funding for treating and sheltering victims of child abuse.