1. What inspired you to write this book?
I was inspired by how helpful positive discipline was
for me, both personally and professionally. As a parenting coach and a family
therapist, you can imagine how scientific my education was, and how much
research I read. However, the bulk of research is often done in controlled
circumstances and environments. For example, we measure the effectiveness of
certain parenting or education approaches not in everyday situations, but
instead as a part of projects or workshops. These activities are typically a bit
of an event for families, so everyone involved is inclined to act somewhat
differently than they normally do: parents are more relaxed and children are
more cooperative. Looking at what we base professional knowledge on, I noticed
that, except for marginalized, impoverished, and other families going through
struggles, there was something specific about research participants, and it was
the proclivity toward education and interest in parenting. For the longest
time, I was contemplating how we base our perception of parenting on results
obtained from parents who don’t live an average life. To set aside time to
participate in these studies, and for the topic itself to matter that much, are
not typical traits. A few authors measured how helpful their recommendations
were in everyday circumstances, and for me, this is one of the major reasons
why families still struggle so much, despite the abundance of resources. Not to
say that I don’t trust research—I do, but I don’t think that an average parent
can read a research-based book or blog post and know how to apply that to real
life. So, I wanted to provide my readers with something simple and practical
that’s both backed up by science and tested in practice.
2. What exactly is it about, and who is it
How to Make Your
Kids Mind With Positive Discipline is for all parents. Regardless of your
age or the ages of your children, your marital status, your spiritual or
religious beliefs, or your political views, this book helps you live through a
better tomorrow. I specifically worked to account for diverse perspectives, and
to only include advice that would not clash with anyone’s beliefs.
3. What do you hope readers will get out
of reading your book?
A smile on their face, restful sleep, positive
reinforcement, and more enjoyable family life. I really, truly regret that the
concept of the modern family has become synonymous with suffering. It doesn’t
have to be like that: you get to choose what your life will look like no matter
how many kids you have.
4. How did you decide on your book’s title
and cover design?
I was aiming to give off a positive, encouraging vibe.
The emphasis is on a gentle, loving relationship between a parent and a child
that’s reflected in the book, while the title aims to use simple terms to
convey a complex topic. The cover design aims at sending the core message that
a child who misbehaves is a child who needs guidance. Sometimes, they need help
with figuring out what to do, and other times, they need a better way to
express their thoughts and feelings. The question mark implies how endlessly
curious a child is, but also confused and often frightened. A mind poses the
question, and the parent’s best role is to provide the answer.
5. What advice or words of wisdom do you
have for fellow writers?—other than run!
Ha ha. :) Run and don’t look back!!! Just kidding. I
wish there were more authentic ideas in parenting literature. I’m talking about
writers choosing to give their bold takes on a topic, regardless of whether or
not their view aligns with popular beliefs. Believe in yourself and believe
that your idea is worth exploring.
6. What trends in the book world do you
see—and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
I am noticing an increase in “how-to” books and
manuals, and it does feel like literature is becoming minimalistic in a way. We
aim to provide useful value, no fluff, and I appreciate that.
7. Were there experiences in your personal
life or career that came in handy when writing this book?
I am a mother to two wonderful children who chose not
to suffer. I vowed to embrace happiness and not complicate my own life by
trying to make it Pinterest-perfect, and I do the same for the families I work
with. As a family therapist and a parenting coach, I help parents navigate all
sorts of challenges, and I choose to evaluate my effectiveness through the
improved well-being of my clients and positive changes in their behavior. I am
that person who will sit people down and come up with a strategic plan for what
we’ll do to achieve certain results, and that’s how we know we’re doing the
right thing. Over time, I became more confident in my results, so I thought it
would be helpful to share the knowledge.
8. How would you describe your writing
style? Which writers or books is your writing similar to?
I haven’t given that much thought, to be honest. I
write with the reader in mind, and use the tone and style that I normally use
when talking to people. I like a more conversational, light-hearted style that
doesn’t feel too formal or prescriptive.
9. What challenges did you overcome in the
writing of this book?
Children’s age groups in particular were a struggle,
because I initially structured the book by different areas to work on. Each
strategy demanded adjustment by age, so I had to dig even deeper into research
than I had anticipated. It was worth it, though!
10. If people can buy or read one book
this week or month, why should it be yours?
How to Make Your
Kids Mind With Positive Discipline will help you understand what exactly you
need to change in your daily functioning and how to do it right away. You will
never again feel as though you can only read a book once your children go to
bed, because, after reading this book, you will know how to get them to
understand your need for some alone time. Additionally, you will learn how to
better steer their energy and focus, and to shape their daily lives in harmony
between their own temper and everyone else’s wants and needs. You will get a
pretty good idea about what familial happiness looks like, and even better,
you’ll know how to get there yourself.
Author Bio: Alice Brock, a passionate author, and expert in pedagogy, specializes in family counseling and parent coaching. Her empathetic approach and practical strategies help parents navigate challenges, foster healthier connections, and promote positive child development. Her captivating book combine research-backed insights with relatable anecdotes, empowering readers to create nurturing environments for children's holistic growth. For more info, please see: https://www.amazon.com/stores/Alice-Brock/author/B0C855VMSY
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