Parenting Beyond Power: How to Use Connection and Collaboration to Transform Your Family--and the World (Paperback)

Parenting Beyond Power: How to Use Connection and Collaboration to Transform Your Family--and the World By Jen Lumanlan, MS, MEd Cover Image
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“I’m in love with this book! It illuminates the forces that make parenting so difficult, and helps us develop better relationships with our kids—and ourselves.”
—Hunter Clarke-Fields, MSAE, author of Raising Good Humans

Parenting is hard. But when we replace conventional parent-child power dynamics with collaboration, family life gets easier today—and we create a better world for all of us in the future.

When we see our children stalling, resisting, having tantrums, using mean words, and hitting, we want to just make it stop. But conventional discipline methods like time-outs, countdowns, and “consequences” teach children that it’s OK for more powerful people to control others—a lesson they take out into the world. This is how we learned White supremacy, patriarchy, and capitalism from our parents—and we will replicate this with our children unless we make a different choice.

Research-based parenting educator Jen Lumanlan offers a simple yet revolutionary framework for rethinking our relationships with children. This new approach helps us to look beneath challenging behaviors to find and meet children’s needs, and ours too—perhaps for the first time in our lives. It involves empathetic listening, understanding feelings and underlying needs, and problem-solving with our children to find solutions to conflicts that work for everyone.

Family life becomes radically easier in the short term because behavior problems tend to melt away. In the long term, we’ll raise children who confidently advocate for themselves and treat others with profound respect.

Includes sample scripts, flowcharts, and resources to help parents learn and implement this new approach.


—"The compassionate guidance will be a boon to parents eager to move away from punitive child-rearing strategies."—Publisher's Weekly

About the Author


JEN LUMANLAN MS, MEd, is the host of the Your Parenting Mojo podcast, which uses scientific research to understand parenting and child development. After attending Berkeley and Yale and following a traditional career path, Jen found that parenting was her toughest challenge yet. She went back to school for a master’s in psychology/child development and another in education, and is a Co-Active coach. Jen connects ideas across all of these experiences to help parents transform their relationships with their children.

Praise For…


“I’m in love with this book! It illuminates the forces that make parenting so difficult, and helps us develop better relationships with our kids—and ourselves.”
Hunter Clarke-Fields, MSAE, author of Raising Good Humans

"The compassionate guidance will be a boon to parents eager to move away from punitive child-rearing strategies."
—Publisher's Weekly

Lumanlan offers tools for parents to evaluate the needs of both themselves and
their children and techniques for families to reach solutions that respect everyone’s desires...Her guidance on building community and conversation-starting scripts is outstanding...will appeal
to parents seeking alternatives to conventional child-rearing styles and advice."
—Booklist

“Lumanlan challenges us to face our privilege and adopt a powerful new way of parenting that’s both effective and empathetic. Highly recommended for anyone involved in raising the next generation.”
—Carla Naumburg, PhD, author of How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t With Your Kids

“Wow! There is no shortage of parenting books but this is a standout: both eye-opening and practical.”
—Dolly Chugh, PhD, author of A More Just Future and The Person You Mean to Be and NYU Stern professor

“A must for all teachers, parents, and citizens interested in a better world.”
—John H. Bickford III, PhD, Professor of Social Studies/History Education, Eastern Illinois University
Product Details
ISBN: 9781632174482
ISBN-10: 1632174480
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Publication Date: September 5th, 2023
Pages: 272
Language: English