The Gentle Parenting Book: How to raise calmer, happier children from birth to seven



From the bestselling author of The Gentle Sleep Book, Sarah Ockwell-Smith, comes this beautiful book full of evidence based information and gentle-parenting solutions to the most common challenges faced by new parents.

We love Gentle Parenting. It describes a method that embraces the emotional needs of parents and children using the latest science and child psychology. It emphasises empathy, respect, understanding and boundaries.

Parenting shouldn't be a battle. Children are not manipulative monsters, and it is possible to create a family home that fosters respect and empathy. This is the way to raise emotionally intelligent children.

In THE GENTLE PARENTING BOOK, Sarah Ockwell-Smith  Sarah addresses a wide variety of topics, including coping with a crying baby, introducing solid foods and creating healthy eating habits, potty training, starting nursery and school, sibling rivalry, tantrums, whining and sulking, aggressive behaviour and much more.

And for those parents who have previously used a more authoritarian style of parenting, there's plenty of advice - and reassurance - on making the transition to a gentler approach. For many, gentle parenting comes as a relief because it chimes with their deepest instincts about the best way to raise their children.

About The Author

Sarah Ockwell-Smith is the mother of four children. She has a BSc in Psychology and worked for several years in Pharmaceutical Research and Development. Following the birth of her first child, Sarah re-trained as a Paediatric Homeopath, Antenatal Teacher and Birth and Postnatal Doula. She has also undertaken training in Baby Massage, Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy. Sarah specialises in gentle parenting methods and is co-founder of the GentleParenting website (

Sarah writes a parenting blog ( which is read by 3 million parents per year, and is the author of BabyCalm, ToddlerCalm, The Gentle Sleep Book, The Gentle Parenting Book and The Gentle Discipline Book. She frequently writes for magazines and newspapers, and is often called upon as a parenting expert for national television and radio.