Meet Elizabeth Pantley
Best-Selling Author Of "No-Cry Sleep Solution"
"My biggest success in life is watching my children grow into such amazing people. It has been the most fulfilling and empowering feeling as they all make such a positive impact on this world."
Unless you are nowhere near wanting to have children yet, or you are still pregnant with your first child, chances are high that you have heard about Elizabeth Pantley. And if you are a mom, dad, grand parent or even work in day care, make sure you remember her name.
My first encounter with Elizabeth Pantley's books when I was on the brink of going insane from lack of sleep. Our daughter woke up every hour to breastfeed and I was exhausted beyond imagination.
That's when I found her book The No-Cry Sleep Solution and life got a lot easier. Not that my baby immediately slept through the night. But I had a plan. And ways to help my baby. And to follow her progress. On her first birthday she did sleep through the night for the first time. Happily. NO Cry-it-out, no trauma. Just a comfortably sleeping baby (and mom!)
Personally I love Elizabeth's thinking regarding raising children, and it is very close to my own beliefs and what I tend to give as advice here at Easy Baby Life too.
Want to meet the woman? Here she is - at least in writing :-)
There is definitely a great amount of responsibility that comes along with this job. As an example, I receive several hundred reader emails each and every month and feel a responsibility to answer these questions and help these parents. Obviously that takes a great amount of time! Yet I feel tremendous joy with every reader who writes me with thanks and a success story.
This section from The No-Cry Discipline Solution really explains how I sometimes feel - which I understand is common for anyone who carries a label as a parenting "expert":
"The last are of skewed expectations has to do with our vision of how we should be as a parent. We often set high goals for ourselves without even being aware that we are doing so. These goals are created based on our views of our own parents and of our education through observation of other parents plus studies through reading or classes. We might wholeheartedly agree with the fundamentals of positive parenting techniques, for example, and plan to use rational, well-intentioned parenting skills to raise our children. Yet, there are times when we end up begging, threatening, or bribing and failing at the techniques we so believe in."
Of course I tell parents that you could be totally committed to your child from the moment of birth and be a truly magnificent, spectacular, utterly faultless saint, and your child would still misbehave. The truth is: ALL children misbehave. ALL children make mistakes. ALL children will have temper tantrums, whine and fuss. Because ALL children are human beings, and to be human is to be fallible - to make mistakes. I know that when a child fails to behave, is not a reflection of a parent's lack of commitment or skill, and it's not an indication that the child is lacking in any way. It is simply a facet of our humanness. Yet, it's still hard to deal with this in my own household!
As requested by a bunch of people... I "interviewed" my 9-year-old son, Coleton, using the popular group of questions that are circulating on the internet.
So, in his own words:
2. What makes mom happy?
3. What makes mom sad?
5. What was your mom like as a child?
6. How old is your mom?
7. How tall is your mom?
8. What is her favorite thing to do?
9. What does your mom do when you're not around?
10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
11. What is your mom really good at?
12. What is your mom NOT very good at?
13. What does your mom do for her job?
14. What is your mom's favorite food?
15. What makes you proud of your mom?
16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?
17. What do you and your mom do together?
18. How are you and your mom the same?
19. How are you and your mom different?
20. How do you know your mom loves you?
Definitely watching my children grow into such amazing people. It has been the most fulfilling and empowering feeling as they all make such a positive impact on this world.
I'm most proud of the ten books I have written for parents. With every letter
I receive from a reader it fills me with an amazing feeling of joy that my work can improve the lives of families all over the world.
I believe I'm doing exactly what I was meant to do and can't imagine myself
in any other place!
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change those things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
Those ideas definitely come up many times! Whenever I am ready to write a new book I always survey my readers and ask what they would like, so I suspect
these are possibilities!
My newest book is available from March 2010: The No-Cry Separation Anxiety Solution - Gentle Ways to Make Good-bye Easy from Six Months to Six Years.
Almost every child suffers some sort of anxiety during their first six years of life. Babies cry when grandparents hold them, toddlers cling to mommy's leg, children weep when their parent leaves them at daycare, at school, or to go to work. This can cause frustration and stress in an already too-busy day and can break a parent's heart. In this book I help parents to identify the source of anxiety and offer simple but proven solutions.
In this exciting addition to the No-Cry series, we even include a free "magic" bracelet inside the book as a special tool for children to feel close to their parents-even when they're not together. This successful method gives anxious children something to remind them their parents aren't too far away-instantly providing them with the comfort and reassurance they need.
Thanks so much to Elizabeth for taking the time to interview with us.
Now, anyone got inspired check out Elizabeth's books? You can read my personal review of the No-Cry Sleep Solution here.
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