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Welcome to the NSC!


Below you will find links to blog posts, podcasts, workshops, research and other resources aimed to help you learn how to guide your children and set boundaries without resorting to spanking, yelling, shaming, and other punitive techniques; real-life tools to help you deal with your own overwhelming emotions, such as anger and guilt; and how to create a daily practice of intentional, peaceful parenting. 

We hope you will reach out for support from other people who share your parenting goals. There are many peaceful parenting communities available on social media sites, blogs, and other sources. Find supportive like-minded parents locally on our Find Peaceful Parents forum, or find support virtually both on the Parenting Beyond Punishment Facebook page and in the communities of our NSC contributors.

We invite you to share your struggles and successes with us on Parenting Beyond Punishment and No Spank Challenge, and to take your journey deeper using the resources available through the NSC, including workshops, books, and individual parenting consultations.

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Amy & the No-Spank Challenge Contributors

Amy C. Bryant, EdS, LPC
Parenting Beyond Punishment
Wild Child Counseling, LLC
Play At Home Mom, LLC


Self-compassion is an important part of being a peaceful parent. It's a way of accepting ourselves for who we are right now so that we can move toward becoming the parent we want to be. Without self-compassion we find ourselves stuck in guilt, regret, resentment and other emotions that prevent us from learning from our mistakes. Self-compassion allows us to accept ourselves as imperfect and  value the mistakes we make as opportunities to learn and do better the next time.

I encourage you to set an intention for self-compassion as you embark on this journey; to recognize that parenting is a challenge, and it is full of both love and fear, exhilaration and exhaustion, adventure and boredom...and so much more. You can choose to deny your emotions, which takes a lot of space and energy; or you can choose to acknowledge and accept your emotions, which gives you the space and energy you need to release those draining emotions and instead engage peacefully with your children. Set an intention to offer yourself understanding in your moments of frustrations, and to offer yourself compassion along the journey.

Reflection, Intention, Connection

Each week I invite you to spend a few minutes reflecting on your week and thinking about what you intentionally want to bring in to your relationship with your child(ren). Then set an intention for the coming week, and practice peaceful parenting while connecting with your child(ren) ini positive ways (through play, reading, art, music, games, etc.). I usually reflect on my day when I go to bed, then set an intention for the next day. For me this usually means setting an intention to be more present if I was particularly distracted; to play more; to spend more time listening and less time speaking if it seems my daughter feels unheard; to spend more time inviting my daughter to collaborate rather than taking sole responsibility for making every decision myself.
Free Podcast
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Robbyn Peters Bennet ( and
Patty Wipfler (Hand in Hand) discuss how to stop spanking.
Click HERE to listen. 

NSC Peaceful Parenting Resources Page

Workshops and books from our NSC contributors to help you deepen your peaceful parenting journey.

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The No-Spank Challenge

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The Myth of the Spoiled Child

Are permissive parents raising spoiled brats?

Listen in as Robbyn Peters Bennett of StopSpanking.Org interviews Alfie Kohn, author of "The Myth of the Spoiled Child."

Click HERE to listen!
(30 minutes)


Today we encourage you to make the commitment not to spank, yell at, or shame your child(ren) as a form of discipline. You can now utilize the tools and resources you gain from the No-Spank Challenge to parent from a place of love and respect.
Click HERE to download the
No-Spank Commitment
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Listening to Children Booklet Set 

After reading this set, you'll understand:

  • Common causes and triggers for "off-track" behavior
  • Why children crave connection and limits
  • How to set effective limits
  • Why conventional discipline methods don't work for long
  • How to handle your own emotional moments

What do you do when your child acts out? How do you tell a child "No" without triggering a power struggle? Parenting by Connection shows you how setting limits is actually a gift for your child. This booklet teaches you to:

  • Set healthy boundaries
  • Interact with both warmth and authority
  • Create cooperation and closeness
Click Here for more information.

Please visit StopSpanking.Org for additional studies, alternatives, articles and research.

Don't forget to register for the 2015 Peaceful Parenting No-Spank Challenge 
Click HERE for more information or register HERE.

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Amy C. Bryant, EdS, LPC is a therapist, educator, writer and child advocate. She founded Parenting Beyond Punishment to help parents who want to move out of punishment-based parenting and into a connection-centered approach to living with their children. In addition to providing online parenting consultations, Amy is also a contributing writer to Play At Home Mom, a blog designed to help parents connect with their children through play. You can learn more on her WebsiteFacebook PageTwitter: @Not Punishment,  Pinterest and Google+. She lives and plays with her daughter and husband in Atlanta, GA.
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