These are a couple of my favourite books on parenting. I often recommend them because they are quick reads and yet give you an incredible base for connection type parenting. These books are also excellent books to lend to family and friends new to this type of parenting, and especially great for partners not interested in reading much on the subject.

From the back of Raising Children Compassionately:

“If you’ve searched for parenting tips to improve your family dynamics, you are not alone. This powerful, practical boolet offers the unique skills and perspective of Nonviolent Communication. While other parenting resources offer communication models or discipline techniques, NVC stresses the importance of putting compassionate connection first. Compassionate parenting can help fcreate a mutually respectful, enriching family dynamic filled with clear, heartfelt communication. Raising Children Compassionately is an exceptional resource for parents, parent educators, families and anyone else who works with children.

“NVC will empower you to:

  • Motivate without the threat of punishment or the promise of reward
  • Listen so others are really heard
  • Strengthen your emotional connection to your partner and children
  • Hear the needs behind whatever anyone does or says
  • Stay connected to your values during any interaction
  • Reduce family conflicts and sibling rivalry”

I’m so happy to be able to offer these two fantastic books. If you’re interested in being putting your name in for a draw for one of these books, please leave a comment and let me know which you’d prefer if you have a preference. If you’d like to triple your chance to win, let others know about this giveaway via your own blog or facebook etc and let me know. I’ll randomly pick two winners in one week on January 25!

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46 Responses to NVC Book Giveaway

  1. Lindsay says:

    Oooh, I’d love either one of these. I haven’t had a chance to read them yet. I’ll post on my blog and probably Facebook too. (Do I get bonus points for being first? ;) )

  2. Karlene says:


    I’m so excited, I just bought an NVC book but these two look great! Please put my name in for the draw.


  3. Julie says:

    Both books look really interesting! I’d be happy to get either one. I love how reading such books can make me feel inspired and able to become a better mom. Not that I am that bad… but there’s always room for improvement! ;0) I’m reading Simplicity Parenting, by Kim John Payne. It’s wonderful, I highly recommend it to all new parents!

  4. Lise says:

    I’d love a chance to win one of these (don’t know enough about them to chose which one; either would be fine). I’m always interested in learning better ways to communicate. Thanks for the chance!

  5. ella says:

    hi annie

    i would love Raising Children Compassionately – it has been at the top of my parenting booklist for ages now & is a much-needed book now my boy is 2! :D

    love ella xx

  6. Debbie says:

    Yay! I’m so excited you are doing this. I own the first book…but would love to be put in the draw for “Raising Children Compassionately.” Seems I can’t read enough lately and with a very strong willed child…I need all the help I can get. :) I’m loving studying NVC. It’s incredible. xo

  7. jo says:

    I’d love to borrow these from you at some point :o)

  8. Lucy says:

    The more people who get to read these types of books the better. I’d be happy to win either, but feel more drawn to Parenting From Your Heart – particularly the issue of choice. I’ll help spread the word via Facebook.

  9. andrea says:

    I’d love to win either of these books. I just finished reading Playful Parenting, which I saw recommended on here, and it really resonated with me, so I’m eager for more!

  10. Cristina says:

    I am trying to parent less coercively. It is a challenge. Have bought one of the books you recommended and am ordering another. But I would love to be in the drawing for these.
    Thank you!

  11. Mickey S says:

    I have bought them many many times.
    I loan ’em out and voila they stay gone!
    A good sign right!
    Put my name in the hat please!

  12. greenteacher says:

    Oh I hope lady luck is on my side! I am often overwhelmed, trying to be parent to the twins…I could really really use one of the books, seriously!! thanks Annie :)

  13. veronika says:

    i keep thinking that if I get a book maybe my ex spouse would finally get it (if he read it that is). Especially now, after the separation i feel like I really need to make him see that these powerstruggles and tantrums and mean spirit doing is just not the way to live and raise children.
    For me, whenever you post something on parenting it is a blessing, affirmation that I am not crazy to think spending time with my kids and talking to them is the norm. I don’t like issuing orders and just bullying them into doing whatever it is that I want them to do or what I think they should be doing.
    How wonderful of you to share these Annie.
    Love to you and L&L.

  14. Julie says:

    Thanks, Annie. What a great opportunity. Please enter me for the Raising Children Compassionately.

  15. Rea says:

    They are both on my wish list as well. Thanks for making me aware of some other good resrouces.

  16. Rachel Wolf says:

    Wonderful giveaway, Annie. What a gift. I would love Raising Children Compassionately as my first choice. Many thanks,

  17. Lindsay says:

    I would love to have either one, but if I had to choose a preference, would like “raising children compassionately.” Couldn’t be better timing :)

  18. Melissa says:

    I would love either of these books :) I don’t know much about either, so hard to make a choice as to which one :) Please put my name in for the draw!

  19. debbie says:

    Thank you Annie! Either would be so helpful to me – the blurb from the back of Raising Children Compassionately is striking a chord with me…

  20. Jess says:

    Hi! I’d love to win either one, they both look great! And thanks for the recommendations!

  21. Natalie says:

    I’d love to read either of these books! Thanks for the giveaway:)

  22. Jenny says:

    I would love to read “Raising Children
    Many thanks for the book giveaways that
    you do.
    Will be coming to Prince George late May or
    early June from Nanaimo way if you want anything brought to you from here or brought back.
    Thanks also for your blog – it inspires me.

  23. amber j says:

    I am very interested in these books, either one looks great. I am new to this topic and I feel like it is really beneficial to my relationships with my daughters. Thank you

  24. amber j says:

    I just put a comment on my facebook page about the giveaway. Thanks again!

  25. Dawn Suzette says:

    Thanks for this thoughtful giveaway Annie! Either book would be greatly appreciated!
    Thank you for all of your support on this parenting journey!

  26. Tracey says:

    I’m just about to have my first child and could do with all the help I can get!! I would love to win either book, but am probably more drawn to ‘raising children compassionately’. Many thanks.

  27. Caralyn says:

    Wow what a generous give away! Please put my name in the running for Raising Your Kids Compassionately. I’ve added to my library thanks to the recommendations you’ve made here. Many books still to read but my son’s still wee so there’s still time! :-)

  28. sunnymama says:

    This is a wonderful giveaway! :) I would love to read both of these books so have no preference. I’ve blogged a link to your giveaway here:

  29. Kate says:

    Add me too please. I haven’t read either.

  30. Lyndsey says:

    What a great giveaway! I’d love to read either, but my preference is towards Parenting from the Heart.


  31. ameia says:

    These both sound awesome. I’m opening up a midwifery practice soon and would like to host some NVC/parenting workshops as well-these books would go great on the bookshelf at the clinic!

  32. Krista says:

    Great giveaway, Annie. Two wonderful books that offer so much to anyone who wants to make that shift toward compassionate parenting. There are so many great websites, too. I own these so don’t put me in the draw, just wanted to say ‘hi’ :)

  33. Nancye Davis says:

    I would be pleased to have either of these books. They both look great! Thanks for this awesome giveaway!!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  34. Mamabear says:

    These look wonderful to read! So exciting!

  35. Anne says:

    Ooh..they both look great! I’m leaning towards Parenting From the Heart. Thanks so much!

  36. ann says:

    thanks annie…either book would be totally appreciated….they sound like great reads!!!!

  37. Sarah says:

    Ahh did I miss the date? I don’t know what day it is!!…I hope not.

    Either of these fabby books would be most helpful to me at the moment. I love MBR’s style but I have also seen Inbal Kashtan’s little NVC booklet (Parenting from the heart?) which was lovely too. I’d be grateful to get either, in fact, if I’m not chosen I’ll be doing a spot of bookshop browsing and picking up one, or the other, or both!…A spot of very positive retail therapy would be good for me (and all of us in the long run)!

    I’m going to put a link on my blog now, if I’m not too late!…

    S xx

    PS Made your pumpkin muffins yesterday, WOW! Thanks. Going to do your cookies with the kids now (the remaining muffins have gone to Joel’s lucky colleagues!..)

  38. Sally says:

    I would love either of those books. And I’m linking to you on facebook, as well. Love your blog – thanks for your wonderful thoughts and contributions. I have enjoyed reading you for over a year now!

  39. globalmamas says:

    I am just tiptoeing my way into NVC and suddenly am coming across so much support and information that I am thinking of taking that leap and jumping straight into it!!
    Some great books would be super handy!
    Beautiful gesture x

  40. Kyrie says:

    Holy comments, Annie!

    Toss my name in please, too. Either book would be great, but I haven’t read ‘Parenting from your Heart’.

  41. Sarah says:

    I would love either but the Raising Children Compassionately I think would suit our needs right about now.
    I’ve been making some of your recipes and they are fabulous. Every week a new one or two. Fun fun fun and we are eating wonderfully! Thank you!

  42. Kristin says:

    Ah! I’d love either of those books, haven’t read them but NEED to! My 3 year old is testing my current set of parenting skills a LOT! Thanks!

  43. Jacinda says:

    I’ve recently found your lovely blog and am now a regular reader. I’d love to be entered into the draw for either of the books. Thanks

  44. What wonderful books and a wonderful giveaway. Giving away tools to help with parenting.


  45. Tara says:

    Interesting how life points us in the directions that we need to be pointed in if we just listen. Two friends recently told me about your blog on separate occasions about topics that you discuss, but those topics weren’t truely what I was looking for.
    I was looking for direction in the art of compassionate parenting. :o)
    I would love to be entered in the draw for Parenting From Your Heart.
    Thank you!

  46. Annie says:

    I’m so sorry, Tara but this was a giveaway I was doing last year. Here’s where I posted about the winners.

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