A Simple Guide to Socratic Parenting

A Simple Guide to Socratic Parenting

Laurie Gray


Learn how your children can benefit from the powerful, compassionate, and effective techniques of Socratic parenting in this guide that draws from ancient wisdom to create a new paradigm for modern parents.

Showing how to apply the Socratic method to parenting, this book focuses on developing a personal parenting philosophy and sharing that philosophy with your child through dialogues, asking open-ended questions, and modeling the behavior you want to see in your child. While traditional punishment and reward techniques may condition desired behaviors, parents who develop their own self-discipline and critical-thinking skills will naturally encourage their children to become self-disciplined, independent thinkers.

"Parenting is a paradox. It is a natural unfolding process and, at the same time, a frightening task filled with fears and unknowns. Laurie Gray, in "A Simple Guide to Socratic Parenting", has wonderfully addressed both sides of this paradox. She presents the art of parenting as a process as simple and natural as the way mother birds allow their fledgelings to "try their wings," while skillfully affirming that the complexities of human life make it important that we learn from the best of our wisdom traditions. With great skill she presents the venerable wisdom of Socrates and Plato in a gentle and practical book for modern parents. Her ability to present the flow of trusting our own instincts while learning important principles and skills makes her book an invaluable and important contribution to the art of parenting in a confusing ever-changing world. She is able to take a sophisticated philosophical tradition and present it in a way that helps parents realize that wisdom is indeed a natural quality we all possess." ~ William Martin, author of "The Parent's Tao Te Ching."

“In Socratic Parenting, Laurie Gray describes a philosophical approach to parenting that is both easy to read and thought-provoking. This book promotes proactive parenting by encouraging parents to look within themselves for solutions to parenting issues. A useful book for parents from all walks of life who are looking to strengthen relationships with their children.”
Louise Magoon, R.N., M.S.N. ~ Parenting educator

Laurie Gray has worked as a high school teacher, a deputy prosecuting attorney, and the founder of Socratic Parenting LLC (www.SocraticParenting.com). In addition to writing, speaking and consulting, Laurie currently works as a bilingual child forensic interviewer at her local Child Advocacy Center and as an adjunct professor of criminal sciences at Indiana Tech. She has served on the faculty of the National Symposium for Child Abuse in Huntsville, Alabama, annually since 2009. Her debut novel Summer Sanctuary (Luminis Books/2010) received a Moon Beam Gold Medal for excellence in young adult fiction and was named a 2011 Indiana Best Book Finalist. Her third young adult novel Just Myrto (Luminis Books/2014) will carry readers back to ancient Greece to meet Socrates, Laurie’s favorite teacher of all times.

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CategoryTopics of Interest
Publication Date2014-05-01
Publication StatusForthcoming
Page Count98

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