Alternatives to Spanking

Is Spanking Really a Problem?

The Effect of Spanking on the Brain
Spanking and Family Violence

Join an Online Parenting Support Group!

These groups are closed to create safety and privacy and are moderated by facilitators committed to nonviolent parenting.
  1. Parenting Beyond Punishment Parent Support Group – Amy Bryant, EdS, LPC therapist and  and Ashley Kagan, Med MECD, child development expert support parents in peaceful parenting.
  2. Collaborative Problem Solving  – Dr. Ross Greene, author of “The Explosive Child” helps parents find better ways to work with difficult, oppositional children. Parents can join a closed facebook group of peaceful parents, called The B Team to find support for implementing collaborative problem solving.
  3. Hand in Hand Parenting Group  – A parenting group provided by Hand in Hand Parenting. Learn more, connect with resources and other like-minded parents. We support parents when parenting gets hard!
  4. Conscious Parenting Time  – Yolanda Williams and Crystal Stampley created a safe place for African American parents (only please!) to ask questions, seek advice, and share wins or frustrations. Conscious parenting asks us to explore our own triggers, mindset, and childhood, as well as to understand age-appropriate behaviors and mental capabilities of our children.
  5. Latina Parents Practicing NonViolence – Leslie Hillenbrand created an inclusive space for self-identifying Latinx parents and caregivers to gain community around nonviolent, conscious parenting practices and connect with like-minded people seeking to break intergenerational cycles of trauma and oppression for our Latinx or bicultural children.  While there is an abundance of information available on positive parenting, our goal for this group and the spaces we, the co-founders of Latinx Parenting, hold is to provide these resources in a way that is consumable and relatable for the culture. This is a safe place for Latinx parents to ask questions, seek advice, and share celebrations and challenges. Parenting with nonviolence asks us to engage in reflection on our childhoods without shame, challenge our assumptions and thoughts about children, and understand brain development and historical and social impacts on our parenting.

What Works Better than Hitting?

Peaceful parenting is more effective. Peaceful parenting 1) keeps your long-term goals in mind, 2) emphasizes warmth and structure, and 3) considers how children think and feel.

How do I discipline my toddler?

Help me with my 3-year-old!

Some children are definitely more challenging!

Peaceful Parenting Webinar Series

Peaceful parenting is sometimes called gentle parenting, positive parenting, positive discipline or attachment parenting. The main theme of all these approaches is focusing on the health of the relationship between the child and the parent, and supporting the child’s developmental needs. Joan Durrant, PhD developed a peaceful parenting program called “positive discipline in everyday parenting.” Join our discussion panel of parenting specialists to discuss her book!  The book is free online. Simply DOWNLOAD it.


Panelists: Amy BryantRobbyn Peters BennettRachel Bailey, and Dr. Ross Greene.

Print pages 24 – 33 from the book, or print these Long-term Goals Worksheets 


Panelists: Rachel, Robbyn, Sheena Hill, and Kim Hopkins-Betts.

Download the sensory checklist home or school.


Panelists: Kim Hopkins-Betts with, Amy, Rachel, Robbyn


Panelists: Amy, Rachel, Robbyn, and Kim


  • The Whole Brain Child, Drs. Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
  • Unconditional Parenting, Dr. Alfie Kohn
  • The Explosive Child, Dr. Ross Greene
  • Parenting with Patience, Judy Arnall
  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
  • Healthy Baby Healthy Brain – Excellent Short Videos on Nurturing, Attachment
  • Discipline without Distress, and Parenting with Patience, Judy Arnall
  • 30 other Amazing Authors!

Facebook Pages

Excellent Websites

Christian Resources

How do we raise our children to be non-violent in a world that is filled with violence?  An excellent essay on the connection between early trauma, problems with attachment and the origins of violence.

Time-out can compromise connection. Have you heard about TIME-IN?

Understanding Dysregulation, Self-Regulation, and Co-Regulation