Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Non-Violent Communication Books Giveaway!

Being introduced to Non-Violent Communication (NVC) a few years ago was a real eye-opener for me. The idea that one could be compassionate while still recognizing and asserting one's own needs seemed so foreign. Striving to create win-win solutions and really hearing the needs behind my children's behaviour takes a lot of patience and effort and I fall short often, but it is so worth the connection and cooperative spirit it fosters.

As October 2, 2009 has been designated International Day of Non-Violence, I decided I would like to have another giveaway -- a set of two booklets that combine parenting and NVC: Raising Children Compassionately by Marshall Rosenberg and Parenting From Your Heart by Inbal Kashtan.


All you have to do to enter is make a comment on this post (entries from "anonymous" will not be accepted). I'd love to hear whether you've heard of NVC before and if so, how it has affected your parenting.

You can get bonus entries for:
  • posting about this giveaway on Facebook with a link to this post
  • blogging about this giveaway with a link to this post
Winner will be decided using a random integer generator. Giveaway closes October 2 at 11:59 PM PST.

And when you're done entering here, go on over to my friend Annie's blog and enter her giveaway for Scott Noelle's book The Daily Groove!

30 comments:

Karla said...

I am studying NVC now and loving the way it has opened up my mind and ability to be more compassionate.

Martha said...

I am new to NVC and am actively looking for positive ways to deal with parenting challenges.

Jess said...

I've only heard of NVC, but I'm hoping to read more soon!

Bo said...

I practice general gentle parenting and would love to find out more about NVC..

Victoria said...

we have a nvc center down the street from us but i'm too shy to go in. :( would love to learn more though!

Vik - da Momma! said...

I have not heard of NVC, which surprises me, but am eager to learn more about it and these books look right up my alley. I already feel challenges on raising our 15 1/2 month old and need fresh ideas, via ways like NVC.

Annie said...

I have both books already so don't put me in for the draw. They are fantastic and practical booklets to have on hand! What a great giveaway!

Erica said...

I am also new to NVC and also actively seeking information. Short booklets would be perfect, actually :)

Krista said...

Thank you for sharing these resources! I'm encouraged to see these books in a giveaway, and to see so many commenting that they are either already familiar or want to learn more about NVC! I also want to point to this site:

http://worldempathy.org/

because tomorrow (Oct. 2) is the first official International Day of Empathic Action (set on Gandhi's birthday). The framework of NVC is founded on developing honest expression and empathic connection.

For 24 hours, anyone can call in an request empathy from a certified NVC trainer or candidate, free of charge (except any long distance fees that may apply).

Thought you might be interested!

(please exclude me from the draw as I already own these)

paxye said...

I have been diving more and more into NVC lately and would love to have these books in my library to help me on this journey in parenthood.

Lisa said...

this is some of the first I've really seen about NVC, but I'm hoping to read more and learn more about it. Thanks for doing this!

Christine at Origami Mommy said...

I have heard of NVC and read up on it a lot when I had my first child. I would love the chance to have a refresher course on it!

Erin said...

I find it so hard to remember the principles of NVC in the moment - I'm excited that there is a book meant for parents, because I've only read the main NVC book. I hope it's in the library!

Jen said...

I first heard about NVC years ago and read a book or two, but didn't manage to apply it to every day life. I just ordered the "language of life" book and workbook and I'm trying to get a study group together. I would love to absorb the contents of these books too!

Selene said...

I have heard of NVC, but don't know much about it. I've had both of these books on my amazon wishlist for a while now!

tan said...

I have not heard of NVC....I would love to read this!

Marta said...

NVC sounds like the kind of philosophy that any parent should learn about.

Matt said...

I've heard of attachment parenting but not NVC. Sounds like something I'd like to learn more about.

apeak AT hotmail DOT com

Lisa said...

We'd love to have these books in our collection of how to connect better w/ our child.
:) lisa

the change said...

I am still somewhat new to NVC and would love more information to help me use it in my parenting. Yesterday I had the opportunity to use it with a neighborhood boy who was bullying my son and had wonderful - and surprising! - results. Thank you for the great giveaway!

TeacherCheryl said...

I am interested in doing more reading on NVC as I'd love more tools to work with my daughter to fulfill ALL her needs, not just the obvious ones.

melissa said...

oh I hope I am not too late to participate!
I have been exploring nvc for the past 3 years but its underlying principals have been a path Ive been seeking all my life. these two books have been on my wish list for a long time now--but ordering from italy is difficult and costly (often a 20 Euro import tax is added on as well!) so I am always looking for used buys from england--limited selection :o(.

xxmelissa
in italy
mamma di 7

Gabrielle said...

NVC is amazing. We've had study groups, seen videos, taken workshops....I love how it's such a kind, yet real and direct, way to communicate.
Gabrielle

Julie said...

I have been practicing (or trying to practice) NVC for about two years now, and it has become a very grounding force, not just in my parenting, but in my life in general. Thanks for the giveaway!

mamamajuly said...

I heard of NVC and those 2 books have been on my wishlist for a while now! I practice attachment parenting and try to raise my daughter in the most gentle, positive way... but it's not always easy! I'm sure those books would help me find more ways to be a compassionate mom in even the most challenging moments.

Catherine et Olivier said...

NVC is definitely a wonerful way of parenting... and living ! i've always wanted to read these 2 books... fingers crossed and Thanks for your blog !
Cath

Karina said...

I have read some Marshall books and I going to attending a 2 days workshop this weekend. I am full of motivation to read these books too. Thank you really very much for sharing this recourses with us: myself; Domi, my so patient husband; Emmy my 4 years beautiful daughter and Matthias, my 1 year old son.

Leilani said...

I have heard of the concept, though I have never really delved into the subject matter yet. I consider myself quite compassionate & patient anyway, but at times the way I was raised will bubble to the surface. That old saying about sounding like your mother...unfortunately for me it is so true some days! I'm curious to know more about NVC. I'm not sure how to incorporate it into my parenting.

bahce said...

I have heard but not read a book about it yet... thanks for the giveaway

Molly said...

The NVC book has been on my reading list for so long, I really need to actually sit down and read it.