The Parental Intelligence Newsletter

September 2007

Hi, this is Bob Collier inviting you to 'explore the psychology of happy and successful parenting', connect with bright minds, discover new ideas and sail outside the mainstream for a while without running aground.

All that and more.

In this month's issue of the Parental Intelligence Newsletter there are links to 34 articles and 24 notices and items of news. As always, I trust you will find in my latest collection of parenting, education and personal development ideas and information from around the internet something that will make a positive difference to your life - and, through you, to the lives of your children.

Please scroll down to pick and choose whatever is of interest and useful to you.

Thank you for being here! I appreciate this opportunity to be of help to you in your parenting adventure and wish you all the happiness and success you would wish yourself.

See you next month!



"When we begin to face the truth about babies and what they need and are willing to provide it for them, then we will be on the road to becoming human again. We will not have to pretend to ourselves and to our children that we are a caring people. It will be obvious by the results." - James Kimmel, Ph.D.


Small stones … big ripples using positive language
by Ian Sharp and Jane Munro

Have you noticed, lately, exactly the words you use when you ask questions or give instructions? Perhaps this applies to you at work, or when communicating with your children … any time you need to get a positive message across. 

We were reminded of the value of positive language while reading a new report from a research project. Kate Benson (International Director of Education for the Society of NLP) worked with some teachers on using NLP in the classroom, and several teachers completed short action research projects. 

Teachers reported stunning results by turning around the way in which they spoke to their students. For example, one teacher set up an exercise as follows: 

"Don't worry, this isn't hard and if you get stuck, I'm here to help you." 

On the surface, that's very reassuring. Now dig deeper. Let's break this sentence down a little.

"Don't worry." The brain discounts negatives, so deletes the 'don't' and processes 'worry'. So now it's wondering what there is to worry about. 

"This isn't hard." Again, that is translated that there is something hard about the exercise. So now the set up is that there's something to worry about because this exercise is hard. 

"If you get stuck." The word the unconscious processes there is 'stuck'. It's already working on 'worry' and 'hard' so this might as well be 'you will get stuck'. 

"I'm here to help you." Well, that's okay  - er, no. The suggestion is that you WILL need help.

What a great way of embedding difficulty so that people struggle. So how could that be better? So, now let's embed some positivity. 

In the report, the teacher turns the approach around like this: "I know you will easily do a great piece of work because you have loved this story and you have got lots of lovely ideas. I am sure you will enjoy writing about this." 

Now it's easy, the piece of work will be great, it's something that's been enjoyed before and the ideas will flow because it's an enjoyable exercise. And there's no need to offer help because the students won't need it and, even they do, they already know the teacher is there.

You may not be a teacher in the formal sense but how many times, as you enjoy your day, do you communicate with others?  When you need to turn your language around - even what you think is your best, most supportive language - start by considering the impact of each and every word.  When you want to know more about this, we can recommend further reading and work with you as you positively change.

Copyright © 2007, Ian Sharp and Jane Munro

Ian Sharp and Jane Munro are Advanced NLP Therapeutic Specialists, NLP Master Practitioners, Neuro-Hypnotic Repatterners, Hypnotic Practitioners and NLP Training Specialists.

Visit their website NLP Catalysts and discover how to "Change Your Thoughts to Change Your Life".

Sign up to Ian and Jane's free monthly newsletter The Catalyst for practical ideas and inspiration for changing your life with NLP right here and receive a free bonus 12 day course.


The Rebozo Way Project

Honoring the wisdom of ancient ways and diverse cultures, indigenous babywearing and traditional birthing lore

"The Rebozo Way Project is dedicated to educating the general public about traditional methods of birthing, family and community relationships, and in-arms and attachment parenting. These related ways of being have been practiced in many parts of the world for millennia and are in danger of passing into history in our own present time. The Rebozo Way Project has drawn from the experiences and attitudes of indigenous and other ethnic groups in Mexico and Guatemala, and acknowledges the influence of similar and related practices of peoples in Asia, Indonesia, Africa, Europe, and South America. Our goal is to both honor and study the historical traditions of these peoples, and to provide knowledge of alternate world viewpoints and lifestyle practices. We believe that those of us living in modern cultures may draw on these practices to augment, enrich, and develop ways of being that best serve our own selves as well as our family and community systems.

The Rebozo Way Project was named after the Mexican rebozo, the all-purpose shawl traditionally worn by women and girls in that culture, and used to carry children from infancy through toddlerhood. One aspect of the Rebozo Way Project is to educate about this method of "babywearing" both in practice and in theory.

We have been working informally, out of Mexico, since 1988; in May, 1999, we incorporated as a California non profit, and we moved our physical headquarters to California that summer, where we had kept a permanent address all of these years. In October 2004 we received our offical status as a 501(c)3 public charity organized for educational purposes."

Find out more about The Rebozo Way Project at


Discovering Nature's Plan for Parenting
by Pam Leo

Why do some babies grow up to be a Mother Theresa and others a Ted Bundy?

What happens to each of us from the first moment of birth that influences the kind of adults we become? Following the birth of my first child, more than twenty-five years ago, my search for answers to questions like these grew into my passion to understand human behavior, and finally, to my recent discovery of "nature's plan for parenting." I began reading about and studying child development. As a parent and a child care provider, learning about how children grow and develop served me personally and professionally. I read the works of Maria Montessori, Piaget, and Rudolf Steiner.

Excited by the things I was learning, I started sharing the information with other parents. I thought, if all parents would just make it a priority to learn more about child development, we would all be better parents.

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Paradox - The Natural Law of Childrearing
by Jerry R. Levinson

There is a fundamental misunderstanding about raising and educating children that is so profound and all-pervasive that it must be changed if children are to become the glorious creatures that nature intended.

To put it very simply, children do not need to be "raised" or "educated." Just as a child does not have to be "taught" to speak or to walk, he does not need to be "taught" almost all the things we as parents and teachers usually spend our time trying to teach. What's more, not only are our attempts to teach children what we want them to learn unnecessary, they are usually paradoxical in their effects and lead eventually to the opposite of what was intended.

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How Children Learn Manners
by Naomi Aldort

Our son Yonatan came home last Christmas from the theater and related an observation. On the way from the theater to the lobby he noticed that parents were instructing the children to ask the Santa Claus for candy with a "please", and after getting the treat say "thank you". Yonatan went to the lobby and was surprised and puzzled. He found that the children indeed said "please" and "thank you", but that their parents came along and took their own treats, saying nothing.

"The parents of these parents must have told them to say 'please' and 'thank you', yet they didn't seem to learn it." He said. "Do you think these children are also going to stop saying "thank you" when they grow up?"

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Being "In Control"- The Possible and Impossible in Parenting
by Patty Wipfler

Parents are expected to stay "in control" of their lives, their children, and themselves. Some major parts of this expectation are impossible to fulfill! But because there is no way to learn parenting skills and truths ahead of time, we parents struggle and worry when we don't seem to be "in control," or when being "in control" means being harsh with our children. Let's first outline the things no parent can fully control.

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Bored No More
by Sandra Dodd

Another homeschooling mom once wrote, "It's a valuable lesson to learn to deal with boredom, just like all other emotions."

Until I read that, I hadn't ever thought of boredom as an emotion. I liked the idea. When a child comes to me seeking advice on how to deal with any emotional state, I'm flattered and glad for the opportunity.

Traditionally in this culture boredom is seen as a state of sin. "I'm bored" is met by unthinking parents with, "Then mop the kitchen," or "You have a thousand dollars' worth of toys, you can't be bored," or "Boredom's good for you." I believe the VERY common habit of belittling children who use the word "bored" should be rethought (or "thought," since it seems many parents have never considered it carefully but just repeat what their parents said to them).

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Whatever Happened to Mother?
A Primer For Those Who Care About Children
by James Kimmel, Ph.D.

A society that is not responsible to its children, that does not provide them with what they need, will breed a population of asocial and anti-social individuals. Even more destructive to children, in terms of their individual mental health, is a society that pretends to be responsible to its children, when it is not. Its children will not even know what they need. They will be alienated from their human requirement of nurturing.

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Some Thoughts On Columbine
by James Kimmel, Ph.D.

The tragedy at Columbine has been responded to by the media and the public with disbelief and mystery. How could such a thing happen? Who and what are to blame? In contrast, my colleagues and I in the mental health field do not find the event a surprise, and certainly not a mystery.

As part of a profession whose business includes training and experience working with emotionally disturbed and antisocial individuals, we expect the occurrence of events like Columbine. We know first-hand that our population includes people who hate, kill, commit suicide, and are indifferent to the feelings and lives of others (even in the so-called "best" of families). We have studied normal and abnormal child development and know the signs and consequences of mental illness and psychopathy. In addition, almost all mental health practitioners believe that what happens to infants and young children greatly shapes their later character, personality, and behavior. I do not believe the two teenage killers at Columbine were exceptions to this rule. It is also highly unlikely that they were exceptions to the fact that we have not yet found a mass murderer who had a happy, loving childhood.

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American Kids Being Drugged To Death
by Evelyn Pringle

As a result of the marketing power the pharmaceutical industry obtained by spending tens of billions of dollars to gain influence over politicians in power, the FDA and the medical profession, American kids are being pumped full of the most powerful and dangerous psychiatric medications on the market, in drug cocktails that are literally killing them.

Neurologist Dr Fred Baughman, author of "The ADHD Fraud," calls the leadership of the psycho-pharm-government cartel (FDA, NIMH, White House New Freedom Commission on Mental Health) the biggest, most evil drug cartel in history. "At least the pusher of 'crack' on inner city streets does not come in a white coat," he says.

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Ritalin stunts growth of children; long-term risk to children's health unknown
by Mike Adams

New research published in the August, 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry finds that Ritalin, the amphetamine drug used to treat a fictitious medical disorder labeled Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, stunts the growth of children. After three years on the psychotropic drug, children are one inch shorter and 4.4 pounds lighter than their peers, researchers have documented.

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A Few Simple Truths About ADHD and Stimulant Drugs: Responses to Common Professional Statements Made to Parents About Their Children
by John Breeding, Ph.D. and Steve Edelman, M.A.

Doctors, mental health professionals, and educators often say things about "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder" (ADHD) that are unproven. These same professionals often say things about drugs that are supposed to treat "ADHD" that are not true. This article reveals and responds to six common lies or misleading statements you might be told.

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Extreme Parenting
by Alissa Quart

Common wisdom holds that it is wholesome and American to give children the best chance for success: to fill their rooms with lush playthings, to adorn their walls with bright alphabet letters and their plates with mercury-free salmon. Lately, however, the pursuit of advantage has taken an extreme turn. Not long ago, words like gifted and precocious were applied mainly to older kids who read a lot, calculated in their heads, or took more than the average number of after-school classes. (I was one of them.) But in recent years, as a new child-enrichment business has marched into babyhood, right through infancy, and even into the womb, it sometimes seems as though any parent who doesn't aspire to have his or her child show early evidence of "talent" is somehow being less than fully American.

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Brainy baby geniuses may not be so smart after all     
by Mary Ellen Schoonmaker
The huge baby video industry was shaken last week by news of a study questioning the videos' effectiveness. This shouldn't come as a surprise. Did anyone really believe that watching a Baby Mozart video would produce a musical prodigy?

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Thank you for that item to Andrew Loh of Brainy Child

Learn baby learn!
Brain science is the new battleground in the parents vs. daycare war
by Peter Shawn Taylor

The mysteries of a child's brain have become a bit clearer in recent years, thanks to great leaps in neuroscience. But what governments should do with all that research is still a puzzle.

In 2004, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development shocked Canadians with a scathing report on the state of early childhood services in this country, calling it a "patchwork of uneconomic, fragmented services." It would be far preferable, the OECD argued, for Canada to develop a comprehensive, universal daycare system. As supporting proof, it cited "evidence related to early development and brain research, concluding that government should give as much priority to the early childhood period as to obligatory school." This claim that brain science supports institutionalized child care was part of the thinking behind Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin's $5-billion national daycare plan. Though the Harper government scrapped the proposal, child care remains a hot-button issue. So how much do we really know about our kids' grey matter?

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The Price of Losing Free Play
by Jason Kotecki

In the "Adults Are Ruining Everything" department, it seems that parents, colleges, and even the federal government are passing on their proclivity for busyness and stress to children. How?

By threatening free play and unscheduled time.

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CMU prof shows benefits of emotional support
by Mark Roth

Brooke Feeney has discovered that the same thing that works for crying babies also works for adult couples and for parents and their teenage children.

Research has shown that when parents pick up crying babies and soothe them, those children cry much less often as time goes on than babies who are left to wail away in their cribs. The children who are picked up also show more security and independence as they grow up.

Dr. Feeney, a social psychologist at Carnegie Mellon University, has found the same kind of effect in adults.

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Thank you for that item to Sandra Dodd

Emotional Intelligence - Tips for Facilitating Emotional Intelligence in Kids
by Laura Ramirez
Emotional intelligence (EQ) is a new parenting directive. Although it was considered enough to feed, clothe and raise children in our parents' day, this is no longer sufficient because our understanding of what they really need from us has changed. In this article, I'll explain the concept in detail and give you three ways to cultivate it.

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Emotional Intelligence: The 'Missing Piece'
by Edutopia Staff
Whether it's in the boardroom or the classroom, individuals need the skills to communicate, work in teams, and let go of the personal and family issues that get in the way of working and learning. Such skills add up to what is known as emotional intelligence, and they are even more important as educators realize that these skills are critical to academic achievement.

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Research: Students Actually Use the Internet for Education
by Dave Nagel

New research released by the National School Boards Association reveals data showing we all might need to reevaluate our assumptions: It turns out kids are actually using the Internet for educational purposes. In fact, according to the study, "Creating & Connecting: Research and Guidelines on Online Social--and Educational--Networking," the percentage of children specifically discussing schoolwork online outpaces the percentage that spend time downloading music.

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Schoolboards: net dangers over-rated; bring social networks to school
by David Cassel

The internet isn't as dangerous as people think, and teachers should let students use social networks at school.

That's the surprising new recommendation from the National School Boards Association - a not-for-profit organization representing 95,000 school board members - in a new study funded by Microsoft, News Corporation, and Verizon.

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How To: Use Social-Networking Technology for Learning
by Chris Lehmann

Social-networking tools aren't just for flirting on MySpace. The evolving world of Internet communication -- blogs, podcasts, tags, file swapping -- offers students radically new ways to research, create, and learn. But, too often, schools use computers as little more than glorified workbooks, and that's criminal ...

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You Only Live Twice: Making the Most of Second Life in Education
by Shawnee Brown

Dr. Kenneth E. Hartman, academic director of Drexel University Online, presented "You Only Live Twice: Making the Most of Second Life in Education," at the 2007 Blackboard User's Conference in Boston on July 10, 2007. More than 250 educators from various high schools and colleges, attended to learn about practical examples on how Multi User Virtual Environments (MUVE), can be used to enhance learning, both online and in the classroom.

A college MUVE, where large groups of students create avatars or animated versions of themselves and interact with each other in a computer replicated geographical environment featuring campus streets, buildings, student lounges, classrooms, and athletic facilities.

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Technology continues to shape curricula
by Kelly McKinney

Students returning to many of the region's schools this fall will be adjusting to more than a roster of new teachers and unfamiliar textbooks.

Technology continues to shift public education paradigms, and administrators are incorporating even more computers, high-tech electives, student management software and online courses into their schools.

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Some 'must haves' not allowed in schools
by Jenny Derringer

Modern technology has firmly entrenched itself in our everyday life. Most people have either a cell phone, iPod, pager or a BlackBerry, with teen-agers fascinated by the "must have" new technology.

But those electronic devices don't necessarily have a place in the classroom, since they have the potential for being more of an interruption than anything.

Boards of education, at the suggestion of school administrators, have adopted new policies concerning these issues in recent years, not even a factor 15-20 years ago.

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Researchers question school in high-tech age
by Dean Bennett

As students across Canada head back to classrooms in this high-tech Information Age, there's a question in the front row that demands to be heard:

Why, in the Information Age, are students heading back to classrooms?

Researchers say students weaned on collaborative learning with high-tech devices are suffering in classrooms ruled by defenders of lecture-based orthodoxy wielding overhead projectors and reciting from dog-eared history textbooks that climax with Paul Martin's run for 24 Sussex Drive."

[Paul Martin became Prime Minister of Canada in December 2003]

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Online Learning: Virtual Valedictory
Distance education goes mainstream
by Roberta Furger
In March 2006, Michigan took a giant step forward in the world of online learning. As a key component of its new high school curriculum, the state required that all public school students complete an online course before graduating. It was a bold move, signaling for the first time a state's belief in the intrinsic value of online education.

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Go National: Collaborative Distance Learning
by Milt Goldberg

Imagine three groups of students in disparate parts of the country working together on a common project. Unlikely? Not anymore. High school students in Michigan, New Jersey, and Oregon have, in fact, collaborated on writing and producing plays.

The TheatreLink project, sponsored by New York City's Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC), is an example of a tech circle, in which students from far-flung locations collaborate using the Internet, video, and other distance-learning technologies.

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What is "Accelerated Distance Learning"?
by Mary Pride

Some months ago, we received a review sample of the book Accelerated Distance Learning by Bradley Voeller. Reading the book, I was intrigued by how Brad, a homeschool graduate, had created a new model that self-starting high schoolers and those contemplating college at home could use to earn real college degrees in a fraction of the time and money required for a traditional campus-based college program. He'd not only written about it; he'd actually earned his own fully accredited college degree from a state college in less than six months and for less than $5,000.

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Homeschooling Comes of Age
by Isabel Lyman

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the modern home education movement was in its infancy. At that time, most Americans viewed home-styled education as a quaint tourist attraction or the lifestyle choice of those willing to endure more hardship than necessary.

What a difference a few decades makes.

Homeschooling has undergone an extreme makeover. From maverick to mainstream, the movement has acquired a glamorous, populist sheen.

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How Can You Learn If You Can't Read?
by Stephanie

Part of what drew me to homeschooling was the freedom to let my kids learn at a pace that made sense to them. I wanted to give them the space they needed to develop on their own timetable. In doing so, I found that I had to re-examine some basic beliefs that I held about learning.

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Bibliotherapy: Reading Your Way To Mental Health
by Kevin Helliker

A growing number of therapists are recommending something surprising for depressed and anxious patients: Read a book.

The treatment is called bibliotherapy, and it is gaining force from a spate of research showing that some self-help books can measurably improve mental health. In May alone, the journal Behaviour Research and Therapy published two studies demonstrating the effectiveness of bibliotherapy in patients with depression or other mood disorders. The national health system in Britain this year is prescribing self-help books for tens of thousands of people seeking medical attention for mood disorders.

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License to sin: Study finds that asking people to think about vice increases their likelihood of giving in to temptation
by Suzanne Wu

A new study by researchers from Duke, USC, and UPenn is the first to explore how questioning can affect our behavior when we have mixed feelings about an issue. The study, forthcoming in the June issue of the Journal of Consumer Research, found that asking people questions, like how many times they expect to give in to a temptation they know they should resist, increases how many times they will actually give in to it.

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Thank you for that item to Kevin Hogan

Yes, Your Subconscious Mind Really Does Control Your Actions
by Aaron Newcolm

In a recent experiment, psychologists at Yale altered people's judgments of a stranger by handing them a cup of coffee.

The study participants, college students, had no idea that their social instincts were being deliberately manipulated. On the way to the laboratory, they had bumped into a laboratory assistant, who was holding textbooks, a clipboard, papers and a cup of hot or iced coffee - and asked for a hand with the cup.

That was all it took: The students who held a cup of iced coffee rated a hypothetical person they later read about as being much colder, less social and more selfish than did their fellow students, who had momentarily held a cup of hot java.

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Learn the essence of Mind Control
by Moloch Rosenberg

Do you ever sit to work and then spend most of your time day dreaming? Do you feel that your wandering mind is causing delays in your work? Do you feel a desperate need to control your mind and don't know how to do so?

We are all given a mind to think and we are all born with the same power to utilize our mind. The mind is the most powerful of all forces mankind can ever experience. One can elevate or degrade oneself by one's own mind. The mind can become one's best friend or the worst enemy. The mind becomes a friend to the one who has control over it and becomes an enemy for the one who is controlled by the mind.

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Reframing for Happiness.....
by Adam Eason

Every behaviour is useful in the right context.

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Guiding Stars of the New Parenting Movement

Be sure to download your FREE copy of my Guiding Stars of the New Parenting Movement e-books while you're here if you haven't done so already.

There are two volumes so far. These e-books are FREE with my compliments and are packed with valuable insights and useful ideas to help you in your parenting adventure.

Volume 1 - an introduction to the work of Michael Mendizza, Robin Grille, Laura Ramirez, Jan Hunt, Pam Leo, Pat and Larry Downing, Alfie Kohn, Marc Prensky, Kali Wendorf and Jan Fortune-Wood:

Download it from here

Volume 2 - an introduction to the work of Aletha Solter, Kim Wildner, Naomi Aldort, John Travis and Meryn Callander, John Breeding, Scott Noelle, Beverley Paine and Alan Wilson

Download it from here

Kindred Magazine

In the latest issue of Kindred magazine:

Kindred's Ultimate Nappy Guide - what are your options, and How much …?
Relationship - Saying What's Real
Spiritual Composting - the Inner and Outer of Biodynamic Farming
How to Talk with your Teenager about Porn
It was the Boy - inside Villawood, Australia's Refugee Detention Centre
Your Child is Like The Rain

For more information and to subscribe please visit the Kindred Magazine website

Natural Child News

In the latest issue of Natural Child News:

Quote of the Month: "The child must know..."
New article: "A Few Simple Truths..."
New Item: The Natural Child Audiobook pre-order
AP Research: "A Novel Clinical Intervention..."
AP News: Benefits of apples and fish in pregnancy
New book pre-order: The Unschooling Unmanual
Gift Shop
Parenting Card of the Month: "If it matters..."
AP Family Directory
Talk with Jan
Advertise with us
Support The Natural Child Project
September sponsors

For more information and to subscribe please visit the Natural Child website

Homeschool Australia Newsletter

In the latest issue of the Homeschool Australia Newsletter:

Feature Articles

Feel Good About Teaching Science
Changing to Natural Learning in the Teen Years
Interest-Led Learning in the Curriculum

Regular columns

Quick Notes, 4 items
What's New on Beverley's Websites
In the News
Free Online Curriculum Resources
Homeschool Networks
Favourite Quotes
Homeschool Australia FAQ: Keeping Records
Homeschool Camps

Read the latest issue here

Develop Your Child

Latest news: Develop Your Child's two training programmes DYC Family Coach Certificate and the DYC Family Coach Diploma have been accredited by the Open College Network (NOCN) - the UK's foremost provider of accreditation services for adult learning.

Subscribe to the Develop Your Child newsletter here

They Cut Off the Very Best Part

"Michael Mendizza and a very candid conversation with Marilyn Milos, RN, founder of NOCIRC, a nonprofit clearing house of up-to-date information on this centuries old procedure that has no medical justification."

Read the transcript here

My Heart's at Home

A book by Jill Savage.

The very first article I ever published in the Parental Intelligence Newsletter came from the Hearts at Home website. In her book My Heart's at Home, Founder and CEO Jill Savage explores the important role "home" plays in a family's journey.

More information about that here

Baby Carriers of the Animal Kingdom

"A unique and kind of cute way to make the point that babywearing is only natural!"

Totally ky-ute pictures and fascinating information

Little Girl by E. Walter Smith

A sweet and charming video celebrating the relationship between Dads and daughters (4 mins 51 secs).

Watch the video here

Field Day: Getting Society Out of School

A book by Matt Hern.

"Does institutionalizing our children for six hours a day, five days a week, really bring out the best in them? In this provocative new book, Matt Hern argues that there are effective alternatives to school as we know it. He believes that local communities are in the best position to decide what kind of schooling their children need, and that if school is fun and useful, people will actually want to go. In suggesting ways that we can leave the traditional school model behind, he sketches a future in which personal autonomy and social change go hand in hand. In the process he shows how children can thrive outside of school and make every day a field day."

Find out more about the book here

Action for Home Education Wiki Pages

"This is a public wiki for sharing information, opinions, support and to work on group projects and ideas promoting the rights and freedoms of families electing to educate their children outside the schooling system. The content of this site depends on contributors. Make your own pages! Edit or add to pages! Please let us know if you have ideas or want to contribute."

Visit the website

Thank you for that item to Carlotta of Dare to Know

Live Free Learn Free

"Live Free Learn Free is a print magazine for unschoolers and other natural learners. Published every 2-3 months, all material is written by those who home educate - both parents and children. It is an inclusive magazine, not only for and by experienced unschoolers, but also for and by those just starting down the unschooling path. It embraces those who are radical in their unschooling methods and those who are less so.

But mostly, it's a magazine about children living life."

Find out more here

Laurie Chancey

Laurie Chancey is the daughter of Valerie Fitzenreiter, author of the book The Unprocessed Child, and this is her website about her unschooling experiences. Laurie is currently "on track to get a Ph.D. without ever having a high school diploma or GED".

Tomorrow's Child Magazine

"Tomorrow's Child is the Montessori Foundation's independent and not-for-profit magazine serving Montessori schools and families around the world. Each issue is filled with articles that address the questions parents most often ask about Montessori schools and Montessori in the home."

More information here


The George Lucas Educational Foundation publishes three free e-newsletters: Edutopia News, Project-Based Learning, and Technology in Education. Established in 1991 by filmmaker George Lucas, GLEF is a nonprofit operating foundation located in the San Francisco Bay Area, USA.

Sign up for one or more of the GLEF's free newsletters here


"Futurelab is passionate about transforming the way people learn. Tapping into the huge potential offered by digital and other technologies, we develop innovative resources and practices that support new approaches to learning for the 21st century."

Visit Futurelab @ kansas state university

Home of the digital ethnography working group, a team of cultural anthropology undergraduates led by Dr. Michael Wesch exploring the impacts of digital technology on human interaction and human interaction on digital technology.


Richard Bandler on Education

A 2005 interview with Dr. Richard Bandler, co-founder of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) by Kate Benson, International Director of Education for the Society of NLP

Read the transcript here

Transforming Depression

Just released - Transforming Depression: The HeartMath® Solution to Feeling Overwhelmed, Sad, and Stressed by Doc Childre and Deborah Rozman, Ph.D

"The world is going through a period of rapid systemic change and uncertainty. When change is happening faster than you can keep pace, it tends to cause overload and fear, and the heart shuts down. Depression is an understandable result. It's hard to see the light around any corner. Learning how to reopen your heart reconnects you with your spirit and creates new hope and possibilities where none seemed to exist." - Doc Childre and Deborah Rozman

Find out more here

Healthy Skepticism

"Healthy Skepticism (previously MaLAM, the Medical Lobby for Appropriate Marketing) was established in 1983. Healthy Skepticism is an independent, international, not for profit organisation for people with an interest in improving health. Most members are doctors or pharmacists, but the membership includes other health professionals and people from the broader community.

Our headquarters are in Adelaide, Australia, but key members of our organisation live in many countries and our focus is international. We also collaborate with individuals and organisations around the world who have an interest in improving health.

Healthy Skepticism aims to improve health by reducing harm from misleading drug promotion."

Visit the website

TeenScreen - Controversial and Unscientific

Watch the video on YouTube (9 mins 52 secs)

America Fooled

"The Truth About Antidepressants, Antipsychotics and How We've Been Deceived"

A book by Dr. Timothy Scott.

Find out more at

Have you done your homework? - Barry Turner on 'ADHD'

Barry Turner is a university lecturer in the UK teaching on issues in mental health and medical ethics as well as research methodologies and ethics in psychology and criminology.  Barry has spent many years working with the mentally ill and currently teaches mental health law to psychiatric social workers.  As well as his role as an educator he has acted in an advisory capacity to two national mental health charities.  He was one of my main advisors during my four-year investigation into the psychiatric labels scam.

I've created a page on this website specifically to make public Barry Turner's thoughts on 'ADHD' in relation to two separate exchanges of emails I had in August 2007 with people who neglected to do their homework before they challenged my own views on this subject.

Read Barry Turner's comments here

And finally ...

Child-rearing guru's dramatic philosophy backflip

Stop Press: It seems that Dr. Christopher Green, author of the popular child management book Toddler Taming, has "changed his mind about how to raise children". According to today's Sydney Sunday Telegraph (September 16, 2007), Dr. Green "no longer believed toddlers needed taming and urged today's parents to spend more time with their children."

More on this next month perhaps when I've had a chance to digest the full story.

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