Yes I am a huge fan of "FREE Your Kids" blog and facebook - i love their down to earth way of talking to the world. Big daddy and mama bear have a beautiful way of sharing their stories and am so honored that Big daddy was open to answering some questions that i can share with all of your about his family.
If you don't know them, i think this is a great way to get in touch with the movement of peaceful parenting - they have over 31K+ followers from all over the world and they are awesome! Enjoy!!
1- What are the main reasons behind your starting your blog? what drives/motivates you to do so?
We began as typical punitive-based parents but after much reflection (and many mistakes) we changed our lives entirely by "freeing our children". Freeing them from punishment. From shaming. From yelling. And we taught them the Non-Aggression Principle. We taught them to honor their agreements. We taught them that only they are responsible for their decisions. Basically, we started our FB page and then our blog to share this information with others. And also because I enjoy writing and like sharing my work with others
2-Tell us about your family?
I'm Big Daddy (44). I married my wife (Mama Bear, 33) almost thirteen years ago. We have five kids, ranging in age from ten to two and a half
3-What are the biggest challenges you’re facing in parenting your children peacefully?
Biggest challenge is yelling. I still resort to yelling if things fall apart. And acting like a jerk when I'm tired. That's a problem
4-How do you deal with these challenges?
The best way I've found is to really look at the little person and remember how much you love them
5-Does peaceful parenting work for parents with young babies from your point of view? How?
Of course. How? All humans respond to love and empathy, from one (or less) to one hundred
6- Does it work for parents of teenagers? why?
I don't have teenagers, yet, but I've no doubt it will work. I can't imagine treating them with respect, honoring their wishes, and loving them madly will ever stop working
7- What is the one thing you would want to share with people around the world about peaceful parenting?
You don't have to punish or hurt your children to raise great people
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