The Parental Intelligence Newsletter


October 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 26 articles and 38 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!

Bob


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"Language and the way it is applied is fascinating, isn't it? We frequently hear children/people being described as: 'immersed in a book', 'totally focused on their athletic performance', 'absorbed in watching ants'; but when it comes to tv, computer games, PlayStation games etc., so many people start using words like 'mesmerized' and 'zombified'.

The difference is not in the behaviour of the doer, the difference is in the observer's perception of the value of the activity. And that is where the real problem lies." - Cally Brown
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SPECIAL MENTION


Happy Parents Happy Kids

Happy Parents Happy Kids is a newly published book authored by NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Master Trainer Terrence McClendon, and, essentially, it's about how to use the NLP model of human communication to improve our relationships with our children in ways that are beneficial to both the children and the parents. I bought a copy of the book last week. I was intrigued. I've been getting very interested in NLP lately.

I'll certainly be incorporating the many useful ideas I got from Happy Parents Happy Kids into my daily parenting. If you'd like to know more about Terrence McClendon's book - or about NLP generally - please visit his NLP Australia website:

www.nlpaustralia.com.au



ARTICLE LINKS


Child-rearing guru's dramatic philosophy backflip
by Clair Weaver

Millions of parents worldwide have followed his advice but toddler taming guru Dr Christopher Green has changed his mind about how to raise children.

After recovering from a near-death experience, the celebrity pediatrician has revised his philosophy and adopted a more relaxed, child-centred approach.

It's the latest example of how the pendulum of child-rearing theory has swung back and forth since Dr Benjamin Spock helped raise the baby boomer generation.

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Toddlers: To Tame or to Trust
by Naomi Aldort

As a parenting counselor, I often get calls from bewildered and confused parents who say, "My baby was so angelic. Then one day the "monster" came out. I did everything right. He was born peacefully, he is still nursing on demand, still sleeps next to me, and I carried him all of the time. Why is he becoming so difficult now (at age 2, 3, or 4)?"

What has happened is actually a wonderful result of a relationship of trust and a deep bonding fostered by healthy attachment. The young child trusts her parents absolutely, and in that trust she rightly assumes that they are on her side and that she is safe and welcome to spread her wings. The way young humans spread their wings, however, is not always convenient to adults.

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How Children Really React to Control
by Thomas Gordon, Ph.D.
 
When one person tries to control another, you can always expect some kind of reaction from the controllee. The use of power involves two people in a special kind of relationship - one wielding power, and the other reacting to it.

This seemingly obvious fact is not usually dealt with in the writings of the dare-to-discipline advocates. Invariably, they leave the child out of the formula, omitting any reference to how the youngster reacts to the control of his or her parents or teachers.

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Crying and Emotional Release in Babies
by Marion Badenoch Rose, PhD

Aware Parenting is a term coined by Aletha Solter, a developmental psychologist who studied with Dr. Jean Piaget in Switzerland before gaining her Ph.D. at the University of California. She is the founder and director of The Aware Parenting Institute (www.awareparenting.com), an international organization with certified instructors in ten different countries. She is recognized internationally as an expert on attachment and non-punitive discipline.  Her books, "The Aware Baby", "Tears and Tantrums", and "Helping Young Children Flourish", have been translated into several languages.

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Children 'should sleep with parents until they're five'
by Sian Griffiths
 
Margot Sunderland, director of education at the Centre for Child Mental Health in London, says the practice, known as "co-sleeping", makes children more likely to grow up as calm, healthy adults.

Sunderland, author of 20 books, outlines her advice in The Science of Parenting, to be published later this month [May 2006].

She is so sure of the findings in the new book, based on 800 scientific studies, that she is calling for health visitors to be issued with fact sheets to educate parents about co-sleeping.

"These studies should be widely disseminated to parents," said Sunderland.

"I am sympathetic to parenting gurus - why should they know the science? Ninety per cent of it is so new they bloody well need to know it now. There is absolutely no study saying it is good to let your child cry."

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Baby Talk
by Matt Hatson

I was reading an interesting article yesterday about baby talk. That is, some of the theories around how you talk to your children and how that affects them. There's a lot of views on whether people's "inner voice" in adulthood is very much moulded by the way parents talk to them as children.

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Introduction to TCS Theory
by Sarah Fitz-Claridge

TCS stands for Taking Children Seriously. It is a radically new and different idea about child-rearing. Its most distinctive feature is the idea that it is both possible and desirable to bring up children entirely without doing things to them against their will, or making them do things against their will, and that they are entitled to the same rights, respect and control over their lives as adults.

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Fathers vs. Mothers Parenting Style
by Mark Brandenburg

"I think you need to work on your math skills a bit, those are some basic problems you don't understand."

My daughter wasn't overly thrilled with my "words of encouragement," and neither was my wife. They joined forces against my verbal assault, giving me instructions on how to be more encouraging.

I thought I was just doing my job.

Fathers and mothers parent differently. It is a reflection of the differences between men and women. It is also the source of a great deal of conflict between parents.

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How to Be Assertively Feminine
by Alison Finch

If somebody asked you whether you'd like to be an assertive woman, most of you would probably say yes, but only after a few moments' thought. Of course, a few would say "I am already!", but far more would say things like "it depends what you mean" or "I'm not sure". Only a tiny minority would actually say no.

What do these reactions tell us?

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Thank you for that item to Beverley Paine


Guided Imagery
by Caron Goode

Parents, teachers, caregivers, and other service providers can assist children to direct their imaginations for greater awareness of their health and wholeness. Guided imagery is a dynamic way to increase a child's chances for successful development of inner talents and personal resources. Parents, teachers, and other service providers can use imagery with confidence to increase a child's mental focus, help clarify values, increase study efficiency, or instill other successful traits.

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Trashing Teens
by Hara Estroff Marano

Psychologist Robert Epstein argues in a provocative book, The Case Against Adolescence, that teens are far more competent than we assume, and most of their problems stem from restrictions placed on them.

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Thank you for that item to Arun at The Parenting Pit


Lost: Childhood
by Kim Kotecki

Do kids these days really get to have a childhood? Having worked in a school, I have heard first-hand the debates between schools and parents about the amount of homework children receive. I'm all for working hard and succeeding in school but why do kids have to then go home and work more? Even most adults only work eight hours a day. This really bothers me. Not to mention the high pressured high schools. These students are not even nineteen years old and they have full-blown Adultitis. Anand Vaishnav from The Boston Globe recently wrote an article entitled: 'Suburban high schools try to ease up on teen stress.' It is refreshing to hear that some people are noticing that this is a problem.

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By the way, this is what I use myself whenever I'm feeling stressed


What Horses Taught Monty Roberts About Wisdom In Parenting
by Norm Lee

Readers of John Steinbeck know that the California town he called home was Salinas. It was there that he wrote the books set in Monterey County, about Cannery Row and the lovable but ne'er-do-well bums he knew so well. It was about the same time the Upright Citizens of Salinas drove John out of town for writing that "immoral" book, The Grapes of Wrath (which won the Pulitzer), that Monty Roberts was born.

For a young boy in Salinas in the Thirties, it was exciting times. Even as a small child, Monty always attended the local rodeo, with its calf roping and "bronco bustin'". He was the son of Marvin Roberts, reputably the best horseman as well as the toughest man in Salinas. Best of all, his father was owner and manager of the annual event, and of a riding school as well.

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Any-Century Skills: Basic Abilities Are Building Blocks
by Jim Moulton

Last summer, during a conference session I was doing in Tennessee, we were discussing those kids who come into schools without book sense -- five-year-olds who, sadly, don't know how to operate a book. A participant spoke up and said, "Jim, I'm a kindergarten teacher, and I'm getting worried about the number of kids coming into my classroom who don't know how scissors work."

I was stopped short, considering the implication of what was said. It really got me thinking. And since that day, I have come to believe that this lack of scissors sense really is a big deal, and in fact that the mastery of scissors is even one of the early steps on the road to Advanced Placement physics or chemistry.

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Just Say NO to Baby Einstein
by Michael Mendizza

Einstein didn't watch videos as a baby. His genius did not come from knowing lots of information. In fact, baby Einstein spoke very little before the age of four. So much for early reading programs and preschool examinations. Einstein's genius was not based on what he knew. His genius grew from his capacity to wonder and imagine.

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Studies Find Reward Often No Motivator
by Alfie Kohn

In the laboratory, rats get Rice Krispies. In the classroom the top students get A's, and in the factory or office the best workers get raises. It's an article of faith for most of us that rewards promote better performance.

But a growing body of research suggests that this law is not nearly as ironclad as was once thought. Psychologists have been finding that rewards can lower performance levels, especially when the performance involves creativity.

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Thank you for that item to Stephen Shapiro


The Myth About Homework
by Claudia Wallis

Sachem was the last straw.  Or was it Kiva? My 12-year-old daughter and I had been drilling social-studies key words for more than an hour. It was 11 p.m. Our entire evening had, as usual, consisted of homework and conversations (a.k.a. nagging) about homework. She was tired and fed up. I was tired and fed up. The words wouldn't stick. They meant nothing to her. They didn't mean much to me either. After all, when have I ever used sachem in a sentence--until just now?

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Alternatives for Everybody, All the Time
by Roland Meighan

When twenty educationalists met at the University of Nottingham, UK, for two one-day seminars late in 1997, all agreed at the outset that the climate of uncertainty due to continuous change was not going to go away. "Continuous adaptation" was here to stay. The educationalists were from a wide variety of backgrounds ranging from home-based educators to head teachers to university teachers to parents, and they had agreed to be involved in an exchange of ideas on the theme of Education in the Year 2020.

Some common ideas emerged from the discussions in small groups and also in report-back sessions about education in the year 2020. Nobody present saw mass compulsory coercive schooling as the way forward. All over the world, it has proved to be a system that is expensive, increasingly obsolete and counter-productive in producing anachronistic intellectual, social, political, emotional and economic habits.

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The New Face of Learning: The Internet Breaks School Walls Down
by Will Richardson

At some point last year [2005], the Web welcomed its one billionth user. Demographers who study such things determined that this person was in all likelihood a twenty-four-year-old woman from Shanghai. As far as I know, no prizes were awarded.

The striking thing to me about that milestone is not the enormity of the number, however. More interesting, perhaps, is that the one billionth person to jump onto the Web could just as easily been an eight-year-old kid from Sweden or the South Bronx (or, for that matter, an eighty-year-old from South Africa) who sat down at a computer, opened a browser, and for the first time started connecting to the sum of human knowledge we are collectively building online. Furthermore, that eight-year-old had just as much ability to start contributing what she might know about horses or her hometown or whatever her passions might be, becoming an author in her own right, teaching the rest of us what she knows.

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iTunes to air Yale lectures
by Cullen Macbeth

A new University program launched this week will make recordings of lectures and presentations available to the general public through Apple Computer's popular iTunes software.

Yale's portion of iTunes U - an interactive multimedia initiative meant to make classroom materials more accessible to students at schools across the country - features talks by prominent faculty on subjects ranging from the humanities and religion to law and the environment. The new program comes a year after the University announced the creation of the Open Educational Resources Video Lecture Project, under which several Yale College courses are videotaped each semester and will eventually be uploaded online as streaming video.

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Interest-Based and Child-Led Learning: A Comparative
by Cindy

I used to think that the terms interest-based and child-led learning were synonymous.  But recently, I had a clarifying moment as I have helped various homeschoolers understand how I facilitate learning with my children as described in my Collaborative Learning Process.

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Endless Summer
by Sarah Karnasiewicz

Unschooling is a radical branch of home-schooling where kids control what and when they learn -- free of teachers, schedules and tests. Unschoolers say it's intellectually empowering. Critics call it irresponsible.

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Using Game Shows as an Instructional Tool
by Dan Yaman, CEO, and Missy Covington, Communications, LearningWare, Inc.

As more and more corporate and K-12 instructors gravitate towards interactive and attention-grabbing instructional techniques, many are starting to see the intrinsic benefits of using game shows. Our experiences, and those of hundreds of instructors, have shown that when learners play game shows their energy levels surge, they pay attention, and they remember more of the instructional content.

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Lessons From the Facebook Riots
by Bruce Schneier

Earlier this month, the popular social networking site Facebook learned a hard lesson in privacy. It introduced a new feature called "News Feeds" that shows an aggregation of everything members do on the site, such as added and deleted friends, a change in relationship status, a new favorite song, a new interest. Instead of a member's friends having to go to his page to view any changes, these changes are all presented to them automatically.

The outrage was enormous. One group, Students Against Facebook News Feeds, amassed over 700,000 members. Members planned to protest at the company's headquarters. Facebook's founder was completely stunned, and the company scrambled to add some privacy options.

Welcome to the complicated and confusing world of privacy in the information age.

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Credentialing: It May Not Be the Cat's Meow
by Steve K. D. Eichel, Ph.D., ABPP


The cat is out of the bag.

After many months, I've finally been pushed to finish this article on questionable credentialing in hypnosis and "psychotherapy." A reporter from a major magazine wrote to "Dr. Zoe D. Katze" for input on an article she was writing on hypnosis for childbirthing. She had stumbled across Dr. Zoe's name on the American Association of Professional Hypnotherapists' website. I had to tell her the truth.

Dr. Zoe D. Katze, Ph.D., C.Ht., DAPA, is a cat.
In fact, she is my cat. Those familiar with basic German have probably already enjoyed a laugh. "Zoe Die Katze" literally translates to "Zoe the cat."

Read more ...

Thank you for that item to Eric Carr


Do We Really Know What Makes Us Healthy?
by Gary Taubes, New York Times

Many explanations have been offered to make sense of the here-today-gone-tomorrow nature of medical wisdom - what we are advised with confidence one year is reversed the next - but the simplest one is that it is the natural rhythm of science. An observation leads to a hypothesis. The hypothesis (last year's advice) is tested, and it fails this year's test, which is always the most likely outcome in any scientific endeavor. There are, after all, an infinite number of wrong hypotheses for every right one, and so the odds are always against any particular hypothesis being true, no matter how obvious or vitally important it might seem.

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NOTICE BOARD


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:

Quick Notes, 4 items
What's New on Beverley's Web Sites
In the News, News and Issues, 4 items
Homeschool Resources
Homeschool FAQ: practical tips on how to help your children learn to read naturally
Letters
Favourite Quotes
Homeschool Networks and Blogs
Curriculum Tip
Home Education Camps

Read the latest issue here


Connection Parenting

A book by parent educator Pam Leo.

"Connection parenting is parenting through connection instead of coercion, through love instead of fear."

Recommended by the Alliance for Transforming the Lives of Children (aTLC).

www.connectionparenting.com


Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves

A book by parenting and family counselor, writer and public speaker Naomi Aldort

"After years of assisting hundreds of families to bring peace and joy into their lives, Naomi Aldort now offers in this book a way of parenting that allows the child's natural competence and caring to unfold. The book provides tools for understanding children's behaviors so that you (the parent) are able to prevent difficulties and heal existing ones."

www.aldort.com/book.html


Unconditional Parenting

A book by writer and speaker on human behaviour, education and parenting Alfie Kohn now available as a presentation on DVD.

"Most advice for parents begins with the question "How can we get kids to do what they're told?" - and then proceeds to offer various techniques for controlling them.  In his landmark book Unconditional Parenting - and in this talk based on that book - Alfie Kohn begins instead by asking "What are our long-term goals for our children?" It follows that we need to work with them rather than doing thing to them, in order to reach those goals."

www.alfiekohn.org


The Daily Groove Total Immersion Coaching Program

Introducing the Daily Groove Total Immersion Coaching Program with parenting coach Scott Noelle, author of The Daily Groove.

Find out all about it at www.enjoyparenting.com


The Wellspring Online

A terrific health and wellness website and 'home' of my favourite health book The Wellness Workbook.

"Welcome to the collected writings of John W. Travis, MD, Meryn Callander, Regina Sara Ryan, and others.

These pages contain the content of our published books plus many other writings spanning a 30-year period, from shortly after John founded the first wellness center in the US to our regular updates via a soon-to-be-launched newsletter. Discussion forums and links to resources plus other networking tools will be coming soon. Ask to be notified via the Contact Us form."

Visit www.thewellspring.com


NOCIRC

"Making a Safer World for Children"

The National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC) was founded by healthcare professionals to provide information to expectant parents, healthcare professionals, educators, lawyers, ethicists, and concerned individuals about circumcision and genital cutting of male, female, and intersex infants and children, genital integrity, and human rights.

www.nocirc.org


Plain Talk About Spanking

"Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education (PTAVE) offers this publication for the benefit of children everywhere. The ideas that you will read here are not new. There have always been wise and perceptive people in every civilized culture who have practiced and advocated violence-free interactions with children. But, for the most part, their good example and good advice have been ignored or rejected, and the consequences to humanity have been incalculable. In these few pages we have attempted to summarize their message and offer it once again."

More information here


3rd North American Conference on the Spirituality of Children and Youth

Sending Our Love to the Future

November 7 - 11, 2007, at Sheraton-Read House in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA.

"This groundbreaking conference brings together the freshest thinkers from across disciplines, faith traditions, and cultures, all of whom share a common commitment to sending our love to the next generation."

Visit this website for the details
 

Chris Mercogliano

In Defense of Childhood: Protecting Kids' Inner Wildness author Chris Mercogliano has recently embarked on an impressive 7,000 mile book tour that will take him from Albany, New York, to Vancouver, Canada to southern California and back!

Find out if this speaking tour is coming to your neck of the woods by visiting:

www.chrismercogliano.com

Thank you for that item to Jerry Mintz of the Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO)


Dove Onslaught

A video. 1 min 18 secs.

"Talk to your daughter before the beauty industry does."

Watch the video here


What Kids Really Want That Money Can't Buy

Tips for parenting in a commercial world from Betsy Taylor.

"At a time when many parents worry that they are raising the "I want" generation, What Kids Really Want That Money Can't Buy offers a badly needed helping hand. Drawing on the touchingly honest answers of thousands of children who were asked the question implied in its title, this reassuring and practical book shows how to meet our children's real needs -- and our own."

www.simpleliving.net


Prepare Tomorrow's Parents

"Prepare Tomorrow's Parents, formerly The Parenting Project, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to addressing our nation's crises of child abuse, neglect and abandonment, teen pregnancy and overall violence by working to bring parenting, empathy and nurturing skills education to all school age children and teens."

Find out more at www.parentingproject.org


Parent Coaching Tips for Britney Spears

"People are asking who is a parent coach after California judge ordered Britney Spears to receive eight hours of parent coaching. Parent Coaching is the fastest growing niche of the life coaching business and attracts professionals who want to "make a difference" in the lives of families."

Visit www.academyforcoachingparents.com for the full story


Elizabeth Pantley

"Advice, solutions, links and books about parenting. Raise children with love, compassion, respect and consistency and learn to be a confident and joyful parent."

Visit Elizabeth's new look website


Playful Parenting

A book by Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., licensed psychologist specialising in children's play and play therapy, speaker and consultant to public and independent schools, and teacher of parenting classes and classes for daycare teachers.

"A Bold New Way to Nurture Close Connections, Solve Behavior Problems, and Encourage Children's Confidence"

www.playfulparenting.com


Hold On to Your Kids

A book by clinical psychologist and highly respected authority on child development Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D.

"This book is about the pivotal importance of children's relationships to those responsible for them and the devastating impact in today's society of competing attachments with peers. However it is much more than a book on peer orientation: it is about parenting with relationship in mind. This book restores parents to their natural intuition, confronting such relationship devastating devices as time-outs and using what children care about against them. Offering effective strategies for preserving and restoring the child-to-parent relationship, this book provides refreshing natural alternatives to today's contrived methods of behaviour control."

www.gordonneufeld.com


Raising Children Compassionately

A book by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D., developer of the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) process.

"This powerful, practical booklet offers the unique skills and perspective of Nonviolent Communication (NVC). While other parenting resources offer communication models or discipline techniques, NVC stresses the importance of putting compassionate connection first."

Find out more at Puddle Dancer Press


The Language of Compassion

The website of Kelly Bryson MA, MFT, licensed psychotherapist and authorised trainer for the International Center for Nonviolent Communication and author of the best selling book Don't Be Nice, Be Real. Balancing Passion for Self with Compassion for Others.

www.languageofcompassion.com


Does Anybody Else Look Like Me?

A Parent's Guide to Raising Multiracial Children by Donna Jackson Nakazawa, nationally acclaimed researcher, writer and public speaker on health and family issues.

"From the books and toys to use in play with young children, to advice on guiding older children toward an unflappable sense of self, Does Anybody Else Look Like Me? is the first book to outline for parents how, exactly, to deflect the objectifying attention multiracial children receive. Full of powerful stories and counsel, it is sure to become the book adoptive and birth parents of different races alike will look to for understanding as they strive to raise their children in a changing world."

www.donnajacksonnakazawa.com


Jesper Juul

Jesper Juul is a renowned family therapist and writer. He has written various books for parents and professionals, of which the best known is Your Competent Child: Toward New Basic Values for the Family.

Visit Jesper Juul's website


Steve Biddulph

"Who IS this awkward looking man?

How could his books on parenthood, family life and social change possibly have sold over four million copies worldwide?

What would possess over a hundred thousand people to attend his talks in 22 countries?"

Find out more about The Secret of Happy Children, More Secrets of Happy Children, Raising Boys, Manhood and Steve's latest book Raising Babies at www.stevebiddulph.com


Father Facts

"Complete with the latest statistics on family structure and father absence, Father Facts™ 5 is a comprehensive reference manual for organizations and individuals - anyone interested in promoting responsible fatherhood. 

Father Facts™ 5 summarizes important research findings and trends concerning the negative consequences of father absence, the positive impact of father involvement, and the current demographics of American family structure."

www.fatherhood.org/fatherfacts/ 


Fathers Direct

"Fathers Direct is the UK's national information centre on fatherhood. Founded in 1999 by professionals with expertise in social work, family policy, business development and communications, Fathers Direct is the UK's leading provider of training, consultancy and publications to help family service providers meet government requirements to include fathers in their practice. All our work is grounded in evidence of the impact, both positive and negative, of fathers in the lives of children and mothers."

www.fathersdirect.com

Thank you for that item to Kali Wendorf, publisher of Kindred Magazine


Institute of Ideas Parents Forum

"The Parents forum is an initiative aimed at parents and other individuals who are critical of the knee jerk reaction to most domestic issues that it is the parents or family to blame.

The forum started in October 2006 and so far discussions have looked at: is modern society dangerous for children?, the obsession with healthy eating, breast feeding and what is positive or negative about the family today.

If you feel this sounds like you and you would like an opportunity to discuss parenting issues the Parents Forum is holding a series of discussions."

Visit the Institute of Ideas website for further information


Always say yes. Or some form of yes.

An unconventional point of view I happen to agree with. Though the context in which this can be successful needs some explaining.

Read all about it at joyfullyrejoycing.com


If games had come before books...

An interesting excerpt from Steven Johnson's Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Popular Culture Is Making Us Smarter.

Read it at www.odemagazine.com

Thank you for that item to Karen Hsu via Always Learning


Larry Shiller

"America's Math Expert Larry Shiller has a mission: to make the US #1 in math. President of ShillerMath, publishers of Montessori-based curriculum for classrooms and the home, Founder of the Rising Stars Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that builds positive role models for children in math, Host of the Shiller Math behind the News, a weekly one hour Internet/TV show on Paltalk.com, and author of Today's Math behind the News, a daily 1-minute podcast feature that shows how math is an integral part of every major news story, Shiller is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Harvard Business School."

www.shillermath.com


Antidepressants, Antipsychotics, and Stimulants - Dangerous Drugs on Trial

A book by Dr. David Tanton.

"This book exposes a major marketing scheme that is currently under way, and unfortunately our children are the primary targets. It all began with the 374 "different newly created mental conditions" to justify placing our children, (including preschoolers), on one or more of their "very profitable" drugs that, although legal, can still be lethal! The mental screening process falls under the recently mandated federal TeenScreen program, and was deliberately designed to assure that many "perfectly normal children" would now qualify for one or more of their very profitable drugs."

www.drtanton.com


Unconditional Happiness Newsletter

Sign up for NLP trainer Jamie Smart's Unconditional Happiness Newsletter and receive The Top 10 Secrets of Unconditional Happiness, a FREE e-book that's one of the most valuable free e-books I've ever read (and I've read hundreds - if not thousands).

Visit www.saladltd.co.uk


Natural Hypnotic Childbirth

Enjoy Childbirth The Way Nature Intended

"That's right, and that is what this audio programme is all about. Can you imagine a birth without fear or anxiety - one that is actually filled with comfort and joy? How aware are you that childbirth should be where mother and baby are joined in loving peace and comfort?

The female body was designed to give birth - it knows how to do it. This audio programme allows you to be free to let your body do what it knows how to naturally and intuitively."

This is a brand new audio programme from top UK hypnotist and hypnotherapist Adam Eason - take advantage of the 15% Pre-Launch Discount.

Visit www.adam-eason.com for the details


The Positive Parent Daily Workout

A hypnosis audio from Parent Coach Sue Atkins.

"Parental success is down to many factors, but in every good parent there's a common trait - confidence. This CD talks you through the importance of confidence as a parental tool; looking at ways that you can all focus on the positives of your parenting, improving your confidence along the way."

www.hypnosisaudio.com/cd


A Calming Bedtime Hypnotherapy CD For Children

From Glenn Harrold, the UK's best selling self-help audio author.

"This relaxing and calming children's bedtime CD combines gentle hypnotherapy techniques with state of the art digital recording technology. It is part of the best selling Diviniti Publishing hypnosis range which regularly features in the top 20 of the UK Nielsen book track audio chart.

Both tracks are aimed at empowering children and are packed full of hypnotic positive suggestions embedded in absorbing story lines."

www.hypnosisaudio.com/tape16


And finally ...


Escape Adulthood #2

Kim & Jason's fabulous magazine for the young at heart. The theme this time around is 'Finding Balance'.

Real live printed issues of Escape Adulthood magazine are part of an annual subscription to Club K&J, but this digital issue is FREE to download!

Download your copy at kimandjason.com






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