Parenting with Love & Logic | Ready Mommy's Book ReviewsThe blog focuses on parsing mistaken beliefs that can influence people's decisions about childrearing-- for example, beliefs about day care, about punishment, about child psychotherapies, and about adoption. Very interesting, Jean! I especially appreciate the clearinghouse link you provided. I'm definitely going to take a look at which programs have research to back their claims. It seems to me that perhaps Love and Logic is partially about finding a nice way to control your children. But it's still control and, in my non-expert opinion, that's not really helpful in the development of a child, except to enforce the idea that they can be overpowered. I have a 3.
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Laura, I notice you don't recommend the Love and Logic books. Just an oversight, or do you not like them? Love and Logic was in the first wave of the anti-punishment books, more than twenty years ago. Their view was that instead of punishing kids, which backfires, parents should use logical consequences. This is also what Jane Nelsen, who wrote Positive Discipline, recommended at the time. Which makes sense, except in practice using consequences often ends up looking like punishment to the child. There's a whole article about using consequences in this way on this website: What's wrong with using Consequences to teach kids lessons?