Sunday, October 7, 2007

ScreamFree Parenting - Review and Giveaway

Of all the reviews I have ever done, this is one that I could least relate to. Because I NEVER scream at my kids.

Yeah, right.

I think every parent has screamed at their kids, at least if they're human. So, if you're looking for a way to handle your frustration and anger in a more healthy way, ScreamFree Parenting by Hal Edward Runkel is the perfect solution.

Here's the definition of "ScreamFree from the book:

"learning to relate with others in a calm, cool, and connected way, taking hold of your own emotional responses no matter how anyone else chooses to behave; learning to focus on yourself and take care of yourself for the world's benefit"

Sounds good, doesn't it? The book will guide you through the steps you need to take to live this definition, from learning about self-control, creating space, consequences, and more to putting what you've learned into practice.

To get the most out of the book, the author urges you to read each chapter consecutively, rather than skimming from topic to topic.

Each chapter ends with a real-life story that all parents can relate to and it sums up the lesson in each chapter in an easy, relatable fashion.

From the beginning, your conventional thinking on parenting will be challenged. For example, Runkel says the number one myth about parenting is that "we are responsible for our children."

He instead says we have a responsibility to our children. What's the difference? You'll find out in chapter one.

One section that stuck out to me the most was "Launching Our Kids Into Adulthood" since my oldest will be turning eighteen in a couple of months (*heart skipping beats*)

Runkel teaches you what to do and what not to do in order to successfully let go of your child and give them their space and independence as they "launch" into becoming adults.

Runkle states that "ScreamFree Parenting is not a problem-solving or behavioral modification model; it is a growth model."

That sums up the book perfectly. Read his advice and watch yourself grow into a ScreamFree parent! And check out the ScreamFree website here.

I have one book to giveaway to my readers. Simply leave a comment here if you'd like to enter. Deadline is 11:59 Sunday, October 14. I'll choose a name at random with and announce it here on Monday, October 15.

Good luck and happy entering (and parenting!)

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melvynadam said...

Count me in! Thanks for running this giveaway. The book looks really interesting. My wife and I lose our cool far too often with our boys and this might be a helpful guide to resolving that problem.

Bebemiqui said...

what parent wouldn't want to read this. count me in

Betsy said...

I am in too :)

Wendy said...

Sounds like a good read for any parent, no matter what age your children, or how well you keep your cool. I'd even be willing to share it after hubby and I read it, if I win. Thanks for the giveaway!

Kelly said...

I am a mom of 6 boys, I need all the help I can get!

HilLesha O'Nan said...

Oh my, I need this! ~lol~

Anonymous said...

Do you think having 7 children would make one scream? (yep at times)

Kim Moldofsky said...

I've only got two kids, but Icould still use it!

Anonymous said...

I came to the conclusion on my own that screaming doesn't work...but I have yet to find something to replace it with. :)

Anonymous said...

I would certainly love to win this..! Do count my entry as well!

Anonymous said...

Oh boy could I use this. I have been trying very hard not to lose my cool with my two kids under the age of 4. I know that if I could be a more "centered" parent then they would have such better childhoods.
Le Anne

admin said...

Wow, I really want to read this book. Please count my entry!

Anonymous said...

I haven't heard of this book yet so of course with 4 little boys and a hectic life I am very interested! Count me in! :)

Anonymous said...

Just dropping you a line to let you know that I have added your contest to several related categories in our directory.

Please feel free to keep me up to date on future listings. Have a great day!

PowerSweepstaking said...


but I'm a non-believer, non screaming parenthood... right... maybe when the cubbies win the world series

Maude Lynn said...

Oh, I need this!

Anonymous said...

want to read this, count me in :)

Anonymous said...

I think I have been a good mom, I have never liked spanking. I was raised with a screaming mom, and therefore am a screaming mom. I regret my outbursts. It is such a habit, I do not know how to stop myself. Now my daughter is having a baby. She lives with us, so my granddaughter is bound to live in a house with a screaming mother and grandmother! We are very loving, close, ect, but can't shut up! I could really use this book before we start another generation of screamers! I hope we win, so my family can win with a reference for a turn around! Thanks!

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