30 Peaceful Parenting Techniques That Work

It’s time for the normalization of gentle, conscious, peaceful parenting.

Eric with son Forrest

But there is often confusion about peaceful parenting, and raising children without spanking, punishing, shaming and other mistreatment.

Parents want to know what exact techniques to use. Whether we call it peaceful parenting techniques, or gentle parenting or attachment parenting, we all just want to know what actually works – right?

It’s one thing to understand what doesn’t work, such as shaming, spanking and punishing. But it’s another thing to try and figure out what to do instead of those things.

I’m hoping this can help out, because there are actually a lot of peaceful parenting techniques:

30 Peaceful Parenting Techniques (alternatives to spanking and punishing)
30 Peaceful Parenting Techniques That Work

30 Peaceful Parenting Techniques that work:

  • Empathizing
  • Validating
  • Connecting
  • Supporting
  • Hugging
  • Trusting
  • Understanding
  • Appreciating
  • Admiring
  • Gently Guiding
  • Being Sensitive
  • Listening
  • Observing without Judgment
  • Showing Interest
  • Accepting
  • Embracing
  • Self Care
  • Acknowledging Feelings
  • Staying Calm
  • Having Compassion
  • Nurturing
  • Forgiving
  • Encouraging
  • Cooperating
  • Unconditionally Loving
  • Respecting
  • Honoring
  • Celebrating
  • Dignifying
  • Treating Like An Equal As A Fellow Human Being

(BONUS – Click here to download a printable version of this list)

All of the above techniques work. Many times we use more than one at the same time. We can empathize and cooperate and acknowledge feelings simultaneously.

A Shift In Attitude

Ultimately, the peaceful parenting approach is more about an attitude shift in the way we are communicating with our children.

Instead of talking down to children, threatening a punishment if they don’t comply with our demands, shaming, spanking, scolding or worse, the peaceful parenting attitude is about listening to children, connecting more often, empathizing, and treating them with respect before demanding they treat us with respect.

Feel free to add more techniques and tips in the comments.


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