The Parental Intelligence Newsletter

July 2009

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 12 articles and 31 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!



"Only the strongest egos escape the trap of perfectionism. To solve problems successfully, you must believe you can, must feel capable enough to improvise.  Yet too many adults have been schooled away from their ability to experiment freely." - Marsha Sinetar


This is an updated version of an article written exclusively for the Parental Intelligence Newsletter and originally published in September 2003.

Introducing Clinical Affectology and AF-X® Therapy
by Ian White

"The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mood of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; for happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up." - Charles Langbridge Morgan

In the Af-x® Professional Practitioner Training Program that has been in existence for several years, one of the mandatory readings for this course is Daniel Stern's "The Interpersonal World of the Infant." We trainers have never seen so many people affected by this book's implications, particularly in the realm of understanding that "as a parent, maybe I didn't do anything wrong after all," and "we had no control over the context of the early emotional learnings of our kids (if what Stern says is true)!"

To try to put this into a narrative that won't take 100 pages is a great task, but we'll try, because it's important in our understanding of why the study of affectology can indeed be so important to parenting. And why it means so much to us as people struggling to figure out if there's something in our early past that isn't quite "appropriate." Something that may have been traumatic (but we're not quite sure).

Suggestion: if you're not overly interested in academic qualifiers, you might like to just go straight to the Core Point Conclusion below, because the text between here and there is rather technically-oriented.

Stern has devoted his whole life and career to research into what is the emotional landscape of the infant child - before narrative; the preverbal history of learning and emotional framing that stays with us into adulthood - at least in part if not wholly (affective neuroscientists call this 'trace initiating responses').

As a part of the theory component in the course mentioned above, we have included a significant study into Stern's work and the propositions that it presents us with. Propositions that, once we consider the "likelihood" carefully, many affectologists encase in the cloak of either fact or commonsense proposition.

Most significant are the issues of "amodalism" and "R.I.G."s. From the time that the infant is able to register any sensorial experience (much of the research points to around 23 or 24 weeks into gestation) until she or he is able to start processing information cognitively (with words in the mind), the global reception of "feeling" experienced by that child is registered AMODALLY; that is, she or he does not segregate information into the five senses as do we adults. The "feeling" of experience is accepted and registered as a cocktail of signals with an inability to segregate those signals into visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory or kinesthetic modes.

Stern and his contemporaries have concluded that the preverbal infant also receives signals of experience in what have been called "RIGs"- Registrations of Interactions that are Generalised. This proposes that the "general event structures" of amodalism are registered at brain (mind) level as neuroencodings (memories) and are mere generalized interpretations of the interactions that the preverbal infant has with its environment. This means that much of what that infant experiences during a vast period of its preverbal developmental phase of life is likely to be interpreted and misinterpreted in a way that does not correlate with how an adult would view the same episodes and events. A totally benign experience can be registered as being traumatic because the pre-cognitive infant has misinterpreted the events of the time. And, in any event, the experience is sensorially experienced amodally - that is, experienced as a generalized non-rational global pseudo-event.

What this means is that during this so-important developmental time in life - the preverbal phase - our affective neuro-encodings (at limbic brain level) are most likely to be the result of a complete misinterpretation of the reality of any episode or event. In other words: CHAOS! And our professional culture spends wasted time and money trying to unravel that which cannot be unraveled.

So what?

Well, this is actually an important aspect of the primal emotional memories that we build on to develop our emotional sense of self. As empirical creatures, people don't abandon earlier learnings, particular at those infant levels. Each memory and emotional (affect) response that's experienced and learned builds on the last one, and on and on, until we develop our emotional subpersonality that has causality based in non-cognitive and misinterpretive structures. The everyday unconscious bridging patterns that "trace" to early life emotional learnings remain static, and defy change through acts of rational and conscious will or analysis.

This speaks to the way in which every human being, child, adolescent and adult "owns" a dynamic, to a lesser or greater degree, that reverts to infant emotional (affect) encodings. This constitutes a variety of aspects of our lives that we like to say are "our inner self," our "sense of self," our "emotional sub-personality," and particularly, in a somewhat clumsy but apt metaphor, "the child within."

Core Point Conclusion

Our culture has been hell-bent on a mode of "understanding" the subtleties of the emotional mind because it has only those tools that require rational observation in order to effect change. But neuroscience is showing us that we lay down our subconscious emotional learnings at a preverbal time that defies rationalization because the experiences that build those learnings are not discernable under adult constructs.

This means that as adults, we can experience low-level "spillovers" or trace responses from that emotional matrix, but to understand its constituency is futile because it has been formed in a chaotic way. The implications of this are enormous when we note that our whole cultural structure is built around an "understand it before you can fix it" paradigm.

What does this have to do with "parenting?"

Everything. As a matter of fact, it is an across-the-board revolutionary ideology. The notion of the building of an "invisible unconscious table of emotional reactions that can not be defined or verbalized" is not new to neuroscience. It's firmly ensconced in the research and writings of such luminaries as Goleman, LeDoux and Damasio. But, even if scientific investigation has shown that the limbic brain stores initial emotional material in a non-verbal and non-cognitive context, what happened to the investigations of the means by which "therapy" can help people to make a difference?

Well, nothing!  We seem as a society to go blindly ahead ignoring and denying the obvious: - that if our most important emotional learnings are indefinable, we must abandon two important tenets of psychology, or at least, affective psychology; and those tenets are, (1) that any conscious, verbally and cognitively oriented memories are to be trusted as being authentic in attending to "core, root causes"; and (2) that those supposedly authentic memories are to be experienced consciously and "worked on" from a conscious rational adult perspective.

We now know that this is often futile. The adult defining perspective and the sets of random and misinterpreted infant learnings - out of which we are perhaps still acting - simply do not match.

But the path to change for us and our children is close at hand. All is not lost, just because psychotherapy has no tools to deal with that which cannot be spoken. For over a century, Eastern methods of attention to human change have been effective in bringing about non-analytical modulation to people's feeling and mood states.

In relation to "where did this come from," we must view our children in much less analytical lights than ever before. Infants from disadvantaged backgrounds, and even uncaring parents do NOT necessarily grow up with emotional deficits and personalities that we so often "think" would be the product of that background. Infants from the "perfect" loving family environment, on the other hand, do not necessarily grow to be the perfectly balanced and emotionally integrated adult that that early life environment would indicate.

Correct us if we're wrong! And haven't you ever wondered why that may be?

Reflect on the words gone before in this article and know that the early emotional life of infants can spawn emotional learnings (that stay with the individual) most often based on misinterpretation of the emotional investment in the event. In adult or later child life, there's a straight and direct time-line to what is not a rational base to our early affect encodings. Mothers often wonder what the hell they may have "done wrong" in the raising of an infant, when in fact, they may have done absolutely nothing "wrong." Children may puzzle about their own personality traits that our society tells us should be the product of disadvantaged and abusive infancy, but their parents are loving and supportive, and always have been.

Chaos! Randomness! However one toils over the "right" and most supportive and loving ways to provide the "perfect" environment for their infants, things always go amiss in the early affect encoding process.

But, let's not beat the breast too much about that. While the facts surrounding early preverbal development show us that we as parents have no control over our infants' ways in which they might interpret or misinterpret everyday experiences, it doesn't mean that all is lost forever! The development of a truly affect-oriented therapy that side-steps cognitive and narrative (autobiographical) reporting and focuses specifically on learned affect (emotion) in a way intended to modulate that emotion, heralds the beginning of a new era in emotion-related therapy. That therapy is Af-x® Therapy.


For years, the study of affective neuroscience has been paralleled by the field of affectology, an Australian development that has taken two decades to perfect.

This field looks at the aspects of "the invisible self" - the emotional sub-personality - and how it has huge influence in our daily lives, from the way in which we conduct our business relationships, employment and financial decisions, to the less strident aspects of family life, our partner relationships, our relationships with our children, siblings and parents, our sexual selves, and our manner of pursuit of the perfect past-time, whatever that may be for us.  We now even know for certain that subtle emotional aspects of our lives have a strong influence on many physical diseases and problems. That's no news, but it's "sure" news.

Academic and humanistic philosopher, Ian White, whose journey started decades ago in a Japanese Zen monastery, has led this home-grown affectology movement.

"Where Science and Philosophy Meet"

In Zen philosophy, people are already perfect. They need no wisdom other than that already given. Contrary to the belief that Zen has any religious connotations, it actually presents as a perfect fit with modern scientific studies and research as to what makes up our emotional selves and how very little "experts and gurus" have to offer us to bring about positive changes to our lives. This applies to our emotional selves as well as our rational business lives.

So, the marriage of this philosophy and the scientifically proven existence of a "nonverbal feeling self," has bred a new, yet highly developed method for bringing about change to your emotional being. Facts about your perfection as a person gel well with the good old Aussie notion of "stand firm and discover how to fix it yourself!"


White's approach is called "Af-x® Therapy," the 'af-x' being a term deriving from affect, the technical word describing "human feeling and emotion." Within three sessions, this revolutionary and elegant therapy guides you to a more mature use of feelings and emotions that have been learned at early developmental times in your life without the trauma and drama of bringing all that old memory-based material up to a conscious level of mind. White and his practitioners eschew the notion that immediacy is called for, and encourage a slow release - a realignment -  of old habitual responses over a period of time. With a wry smile, White says, "Osmacote, the slow release fertiliser, has got it right!"

Af-x® is not one of those therapies suddenly sprouted from other movements; it's the ultimate in self-help therapy, based on these many years of research and scientific feedback study. "Affect and emotional re-arrangement" is a given right, not a privilege just for those who want to see the distance through months and months of "therapy."

"Sitting easy in your life" is the same as "feeling comfortable in your own skin," a common term that relates to the quality of the relationship you have with yourself. You can read much more about the revolution and the revelation of Af-x® by going to

About Ian White

From a formal monastic background in Zen therapy and mindfulness meditation teaching, Ian White has moved through many years of application of "private" therapy to his current position as Principal of the School of Affectology. He trained in Morita Therapy and has taught meditation in Zen and Taoist mindfulness traditions for 28 years.

Until 1993 he was a Senior Lecturer at the Australian National University (A.N.U.), at which time he moved from Canberra to establish therapy practices in Sydney, and continue with research into the neuro-psychological aspects of psychosomatics and the development of emotional sub-personalities.

He has been instrumental in the successful application of Af-x® programs with executives looking to improve decision-making and communication skills, futures trading market operators seeking to improve performance, artists needing to "get unstuck" from creative blocks, and Olympic level sportsmen and sportswomen looking to achieve peak performance.

He has a particular interest in and concern for the emotional well-being of the youth of today, particularly related to the burgeoning incidence of depression and suicide in teens, and the (seemingly) socially-endorsed drugging of school kids with amphetamines and SSRI antidepressants.

Ian is the Director of the original International Centre for Subconscious-mind Training and Research (I.C.S.T.R.) and Principal of the School of Affectology and the Euro-Scandin School of Affectology (Sweden).

He is a member of the Advisory Council of the International Center for Studies in Psychiatry and Psychology (ICSPP) in New York, U.S.A.

You can contact Ian White on 61+2+4571 3902 or email at

Or visit his website at:

Copyright © 2009, Ian White

You can also read more about Ian White, Affectology and Af-x® Therapy at this website


Nurture for Nature
by Kali Wendorf

Before I became a mother, my love for Nature and my grief about its destruction at the hands of humankind caused me to question deeply what it means to be human. Are we a peaceful species or a violent one? Are war, tyranny and ecological destruction inevitable? Are we motivated by love or by fear? When I later became pregnant these questions were more urgent. So, as my belly grew, I went in search of answers. What I discovered, through the work of visionaries such as Michel Odent, James Prescott, Sarah Blaffer Hardy and others, changed my life forever, because I found incontrovertible evidence that human beings are biologically ordained for love and connection - not violence, greed and fear.

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Discover the calmbirth technique
by Julie Clarke

More and more Australian couples are signing up to learn calmbirthing - a series of relaxation techniques designed to allow them to take control of their birth experience and make it something to look forward to, rather than fear.
What is it?

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Is Breastfeeding in Trouble?
by Peggy O'Mara

Seventeen years later[sic], in 1974, when I breastfed my first child, the breastfeeding initiation rate in the US was at 32.2 percent. In the ten years from 1970 to 1980, however, the breastfeeding initiation rate had more than doubled, from 26.5 percent to 55.3 percent. The rate continued to climb into the 1980s, and reached a high of 61.9 percent in 1982. Those of us who were breastfeeding advocates at the time thought we had won the war.

Then, the impossible happened. The breastfeeding initiation rate began to drop, and continued to drop for 14 years. By 1990, the rate was 51.5 percent-10 percent lower than the high of 1982. What had happened?

Read more ...

Thank you for that item to Kim Wildner

Children 'should sleep with parents until they're five'
by Sian Griffiths, The Times Online

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.

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Stay At Home Dad Struggles With Empathy
by David Vernon

Stay-at-Home Dads (SAHD) do it tough.  Their social support network, compared to their partner's, is thin and weak.   Their working peers don't understand what they do all day.  They make statements like, "I so wish I was like you.  You can spend the day surfing the 'net, playing in the shed or watching TV."   Their fathers, fathers-in-law and uncles do not understand why a bloke wants to do "women's work."  Younger male friends and acquaintances think that the SAHD has given up all ambition and thus can be pitied or ignored.

And what about women's reactions? 

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Stop Being Consistent
by Lisa Russell

Consistency isn't normal. It isn't natural. The world is inconsistent. Unless children are violating laws of nature (gravity, centrifugal force) they'll never experience consistency with humans, and that's beautiful.

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Hormonal Teenagers (my brutal opinion)
by Ronit Baras

Two weeks ago, I had a session with Ben, one of my clients, who talked about his daughter misbehaving, throwing temper tantrums and being very disrespectful. I think what hit me was when he said, "You know, teens are just hormonal".

I had heard the same statement from friends of mine about their own teens, both girls and boys, on a number of occasions.

And my answer is, "NO, I don't know teens are 'just hormonal' at all".

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Channel 4's 'What Comes Next?' Relevance
by Maureen McTaggart

Children are using technology in a way that has left an enormous number of teachers and schools behind. And it's creating a big gap between "what pupils get out of school and what is relevant to their lives", according to Zenna Atkins, chair of schools inspectorate Ofsted.

In an astonishingly frank presentation at Channel 4's "What Comes Next?" summer conference, she said we live in a "sound bite culture" where children are getting their information and knowledge from each other via mobile devices yet education is still "very long winded".

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Learning Styles 2.0: Digital, Social, and Always On
by Derek E. Baird

Raised in the "always on" world of interactive media, the Internet, and social media technologies, Generation Y has different expectations and learning styles than previous generations.

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Things You Really Need to Learn
by Stephen Downes

Guy Kawasaki last week [August 2006] wrote an item describing 'ten things you should learn this school year' in which readers were advised to learn how to write five sentence emails, create powerpoint slides, and survive boring meetings. It was, to my view, advice on how to be a business toady. My view is that people are worth more than that, that pleasing your boss should be the least of your concerns, and that genuine learning means something more than how to succeed in a business environment.

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"Psychiatric diagnoses are less reliable than star signs"
by Ed Halliwell, The Times Online

Complain to your doctor about a mental health problem and you will probably leave the surgery with a prescription for drugs, despite increasing doubts about their effectiveness and fears about side-effects. The prevailing wisdom is that psychiatric disorders are genetically based brain diseases, biological abnormalities that can be controlled with medication. Every year, doctors in England dole out 31 million prescriptions for antidepressants alone.

It is a state of affairs that makes Richard Bentall furious.

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Stimulants for ADHD Shown to Cause Sudden Death in Children
by Dr. Peter Breggin

A new study, published Monday in the American Journal of Psychiatry, confirms what I've been warning about for years in my scientific books and articles. The stimulants used to treat children for so-called ADHD can cause sudden cardiac arrest and death in kids.

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The Double Bind: Recognising and Correcting the Double Binds in adult conversation

Author: Keith Gilbert

"The revolutionary approach to parenting that's liberating families all over the world. This is essential reading for every parent, teacher and childcare worker who wants to give children the best start in life. These are the notes for The Technology of Choice classes. The processes that you will learn in the classes, for correcting Double Binds and changing unwanted habits, are explained in some detail with interesting examples."

More wisdom from Australian NLP Consultant and Life Coach Keith Gilbert, author of neuro-linguistic programming: Liberating Parents - my favourite parenting book ever.

To learn more about what "double binds" are, how they can wreck lives and what we can do about that, please visit

Unlimited: The new learning revolution and the seven keys to unlock it

Authors: Gordon Dryden & Jeanette Vos

"All of us are surging through the most profound revolution in human history. Its impact is personal, national, global - and, in many ways, unlimited. At its core are seven catalysts, now converging and fusing to change the way we live, work, play, learn, teach, think and create - at any age."

A mind boggling - and thrilling - exploration of the effects of the "Digital Revolution" in our daily lives and how they're creating a future of learning that's "for everyone, everywhere, any time, in your own way".

To learn more about Unlimited: The new learning revolution and the seven keys to unlock it (and read the first 34 pages of this full colour book for free), please visit

Understanding Thinking

Author: John Evans.

"This book explains how we learn, how our pre-conscious experience-trapping neural networks 'generalise' and 'abstract' from a stream of personal and cultural experiences, to construct our causal maps and models of reality, our value systems and our emotional associations."

I chanced on Understanding Thinking during a visit to and it turned out to be a very interesting and informative read. Here's my 6-star comment, in fact: "Brilliant. Not an entirely new subject for me, but such a fascinating exposition I read it from start to finish in one sitting." It's 228 pages. The e-book version costs $1.76. Yes, one dollar and seventy-six cents. There's also a hold in the hand version. Here's a link to the author's website where there's an overview of the book and further information about it:

There's an interesting bio of the author here:


Neuro-Linguistic Programming: Liberating Parents

A new and different parenting book from Australian NLP Consultant and Life Coach Keith Gilbert.

"... this is what Liberating Parents is all about.  It is training for parents so that you can learn the essential processes for creating, maintaining and enjoying mental and emotional health and wellbeing. And when you have these skills and use them on a daily basis then you become a model for your children of a balanced, creative and free individual… which is exactly what you want for your children!"

My favourite parenting book ever.

Visit Keith Gilbert's Neuro Linguistic Parents website for more information

Join the Liberating Parents group at Facebook

How I Parent

A short and hopefully useful instantly downloadable ebook about how I've parented my own children.

Read more about that here 

Guiding Stars of the New Parenting Movement

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

There are two volumes so far. These ebooks 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

"Kindred magazine is created to support and give voice to the embryonic but powerfully essential movement towards conscious parenting and conscious living happening all around the world. It is in honour of that revolutionary movement everywhere, be it large or small, public or personal, that Kindred addresses issues ahead of mainstream media. It brings cutting edge research and information from pioneers in all fields relating to the well being of our human family and the world we live in.

Courageously exploring social, political, spiritual, global and environmental issues, it is the first and only such magazine in Australia and one of only a few in the world."

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

Subscribe to Kindred Magazine's between issues newsletter Kindred Spirit

Kindred Magazine on Facebook

Kindred Magazine on Twitter

Natural Child News

The Natural Child Project's free monthly newsletter.

Subscribe to Natural Child News here   

A personal message from The Natural Child Project founder Jan Hunt

Connection Parenting

A standout book by parent educator Pam Leo recommended by the Alliance for Transforming the Lives of Children.   

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

Get all the details at

Parenting For A Peaceful World
"Robin Grille, author of Parenting for a Peaceful World, and also Heart to Heart Parenting, shares some profound information about children and parenting practices around the world and throughout history."

A video created by Jacob Devaney for Culture Collective, narrated by Aja Swafford, written by Robin Grille.

Watch it on YouTube (7mins 48secs)

Learn more about Robin Grille's work at

Free From Lies

"Since the landmark publication of The Drama of the Gifted Child, no psychoanalyst has been more influential than Dr. Alice Miller in empowering adults whose lives were maimed emotionally and physically during childhood. Now, on the thirtieth anniversary of the book that truly established her name, Miller offers FREE FROM LIES: Discovering Your True Needs [W. W. Norton & Company; June 29, 2009; $24.95 cloth], a work which takes her original theories and groundbreaking analysis several steps further and presents the means by which readers can overcome the trauma of their childhood through therapy."

Read the complete press release here

Rally for Homebirth

Monday September 7, 2009, Parliament House, Canberra

"Homebirth Australia is hosting a MAJOR rally in Canberra (outside Parliament House) on Monday September 7 from 11.30am.

There has been much discussion about the potential outlawing of homebirth and the continued lack of equity for women choosing homebirth.

We need this to be BIG."

For more information, please contact Justine Caines at or through Homebirth Australia on Facebook.

We love homebirth

A video related to the above.

Watch it here (3 mins 51 secs)

Thank you for that item to Raquel Toney via AEUK

Gloria Lemay

More about homebirth. The blog of childbirth activist Gloria Lemay:

M.A.M.A. Campaign

The Midwives and Mothers in Action (MAMA) Campaign is "a collaborative effort by the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM), Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), Citizens for Midwifery (CfM), International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC), North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), and the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC).

This partnership is now at work to gain federal recognition of Certified Professional Midwives so that women and families will have increased access to quality, affordable maternity care in the settings of their choice."

Consciously Parenting Australia

"If you are looking for resources and support in your parenting journey you've come to the right place. Raising children is undoubtedly the toughest yet most rewarding job you will ever have. There's lots of information out there, but sifting through it all can be daunting, and much of it is conflicting.

So here at The Consciously Parenting Project we've put together a comprehensive site bringing the latest neuroscientific research to support our belief that all children of the world not only deserve, but need to be parented from a place of unconditional love where connection and relationship come before all else."

Subscribe to the newsletter here

Attachment Parenting Is Not

From PhD in Parenting, a very informative and helpful blog post on the subject of attachment parenting.

"There are so many misconceptions out there about attachment parenting. Let me try to debunk them with the help of some great posts and articles."

Get the links to them here

Would you, could you nurse in public?

More from PhD in Parenting - a Green Eggs and Ham parody on the subject of breastfeeding in public.

Read it here

English Spelling Problems

"This site presents the whole range of English reading and spelling problems. It shows why so many learners of English have difficulties with reading and writing."

The Shut-Down Learner

"The Shut-Down Learner: Helping Your Academically Discouraged Child, by Dr. Richard Selznick, describes a common, but poorly understood group of characteristics. Referred to as "Lego kids" or "high spatial children," such kids thrive with hands-on tasks that "load" on visual and spatial abilities."

Read the first chapter for free.

Visit for more information

Thank you for that item to Carrie Lauth

Mobile learning and iTunes U

"Today's students expect constant access to information-in the classroom and beyond. Which is why more and more faculty are using iTunes U to distribute digital lessons to their students. And now, with the 3.0 software update for iPhone and iPod touch, iTunes U is directly accessible over both cellular and Wi-Fi networks through the iTunes Store."

Take a look at some twenty-first century educational tools

69 Learning Adventures in 6 Galaxies

A collection of learning "nuggets" - 69 articles from Zaid Ali Alsagoff's most excellent ZaidLearn blog compiled into an ebook. "This ebook is divided into six learning galaxies (or themes), which are: Learning, Teaching, Stories, Free e-Learning Tools, Free Learning Content and Free EduGames."

Find out more here

Rethinking Education is rethinking EVERYTHING!

"You are invited to attend our 13th annual international conference!

Join hundreds of families from around the globe as we rethink the meanings of education, learning, parenting...and life!

Rethinking Education is rethinking EVERYTHING in 2009!

Our conference supports attachment parenting, unconditional love, support for each person's unique journey of life experience, freedom with responsibility, unschooling and you."

When: Labor Day Weekend, Friday, September 4 - Tuesday, September 8

Where: Marriott Solana Hotel & Spa, Westlake, Texas, USA (1/2 hour west of Dallas)

All the exciting details are at:

Rethinking Education on Twitter

Read more about Rethinking Education at the Touch The Future website

Support home educators (homeschoolers) in England

"Please support us in petitioning the Prime Minister of Great Britain to reject the recommendations of the Report to the Secretary of State on the Review of Elective Home Education in England by Graham Badman.This report is a totally disproportionate response to a 'perceived' problem full of unsubstantiated allegations that home educated children are more at risk of abuse than those at school. This simply is not true, as the report itself makes clear. Enacting the recommendations in this report would establish the state as "parent of first resort", even though current legislation makes parents responsible for providing a suitable education for their children."

Read the complete Preamble and consider signing the petition here

Mrs Hannigan's home for girls

Lisa Russell is a homeschooling mother of six girls who publishes a very thoughtful and intelligent blog called Mrs Hannigan's home for girls. She's also a prolific writer of articles about homeschooling.

Here's a link to an index of all her homeschooling articles

Radical Unschooling - The Revolution Has Begun: Customer Reviews

Amazon customer reviews of Dayna Martin's recently published book Radical Unschooling - The Revolution Has Begun. Eighteen customer reviews, every one of them five stars.

Read them here

Ask Unschooling Offspring

"Most unschooling message boards are for parents by parents. Usually both parties are speaking of their own children, giving or receiving answers regarding raising these children. Rarely are the offspring answering the questions and concerns of novice unschooling parents.

This group is made exclusively for unschooling children, teens and young adults to answer questions about living in an unschooling household, socialization, learning to read and write, bed times and food choices, independence, and above all being an unschooler."

Find out more at Yahoo! Groups

Living, Laughing and Learning Conference with Diana Waring

"Extremely happily married since 1979, Bill and Diana Waring homeschooled their three children nearly twenty years. The Waring kids (now all grown) were the proving grounds for all the concepts and encouragements Bill and Diana teach - real-life examples of the wonders of home schooling!"

Diana Waring will be visiting Australia and New Zealand in  September and October this year. To find out more about Diana and the details of her itinerary, please visit

Thank you for that item to Beverley Paine

Intelligent Video: The Top Cultural & Educational Video Sites

"Looking for great cultural and educational video? Then you've come to the right place. ... we have compiled a list of 46 sites that feature intelligent videos."

Explore the list here

Myths and realities of teen media trends

"Nielsen is out with a new report on media consumption by teens and the results are counter-intuitive to what we commonly believe to be the norm. According to the How Teens Use Media report, "teens exhibit media habits that are more similar to the total population than not." "

Read the "key takeaways" here

And finally ...

Learn Nothing Day

From the Learn Nothing Day website:

"Unschoolers need a holiday. When people ask if they homeschool in the summer, they say yes. When people ask when they have a break from learning, they say never.

This has gone on for a long time now.

July 24, 2008 will be the first (and maybe last) annual Learn Nothing Day a vacation for unschoolers, though it may be celebrated by anyone who wishes."

Turns out, it wasn't the last - July 24, 2009 will be the second annual Learn Nothing Day, and this year, by the way, there are souvenir caps and t-shirts and other items. Way cool.

If you'd like to learn more about Learn Nothing Day and about the whole point of the exercise, please visit

And remember - DO NOT VISIT THIS WEBSITE ON JULY 24!!! (Any other day of the year is fine)

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