The Parental Intelligence Newsletter


2 May 2010


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 issue of the Parental Intelligence Newsletter there are 52 article links, 2 audio links, 4 video links and 10 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 time!

Bob


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"Those defending the current educational system will predictably "demand" every new approach to education should meet a threshold that no old approach even comes close to meeting. It is a near-perfect deflection strategy. But it is ultimately a bluff that needs to be called out." - Clark Aldrich
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ARTICLE LINKS


The Doula Business
by Cheyl Murfin

If there is one thing that Seattle childbirth education and doula pioneer Penny Simkin knows, it is this: Women never forget giving birth.

And how a woman is treated during this transformative experience - whether she feels cared for, nurtured and empowered during birth or directed, coerced and ignored - matters more than whether a mother labors with drugs or without, or whether her baby comes out vaginally or by Cesarean section.

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Thank you for that item to Maria Whitworth


Can it really be true that leaving your baby to cry could damage its brain?
by Linda Kelsey, Mail Online

When I had my son 22 years ago, something of a skirmish broke out between my mother and me.

She said babies were resilient little things that didn't require their every whim being pandered to. But my instinct was to rush to comfort my child whenever he was crying.

Back then, my views were supported by the favoured baby guru of the time, Penelope Leach, who advised parents never to leave a baby to cry unattended.

Now, here we are again in 2010 and the same mothering debate has just been reignited.

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For those who can cope, an infant-led sleep routine is best
by Oliver James, The Guardian

To follow a routine or not - that is the question when it comes to your baby's care. Several studies find that if parents do controlled crying (leaving the child to cry for gradually increasing periods), babies and toddlers will sleep for longer uninterrupted periods than ones whose mothers pick them up and cuddle or feed them. There is similar evidence for feeding: if you gradually increase the gap between night-time feeds, the child will eventually demand them less often, with larger gaps.

This suits parents, especially working ones. However, it's not necessarily so good for the child.

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Thank you for that item to Marion Badenoch


Spanking Children
by Chuck Gallozzi

Spanking is in the news again. Why write about it? Because of the inconsistency between the facts that most experts agree spanking is harmful while most parents believe it is helpful. The arguments against spanking are hardly new. Shortly after Christ, Plutarch taught, "Children ought to be lead to honorable practices by encouragement and reasoning, and most certainly not by blows and ill treatment."

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Time for a total ban on smacking
by Thomas Hammarberg, The Guardian

Thirty-one years ago Sweden banned corporal punishment, and became the first country to forbid all forms of violence against children, including at home. Since then, a majority of the 47 Council of Europe member states have followed suit and committed themselves to putting an end to all corporal punishment.

Yet, after years of discussion, legislation, education on the subject and research showing the damaging effects of corporal punishment, it is still seen in many places as perfectly normal to hit a child.

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It Shouldn't Hurt to be a Child
by Jan Hunt, M.Sc.

This is a note to the many parents who defend spanking on the basis of their religious beliefs. I find this argument mystifying, as love is defined in the Bible as being patient and kind. Hitting a child is neither patient nor kind, and does not accomplish the true goal intended. It only produces feelings of anger, resentment, and low self-esteem, not the genuine willing cooperation the parent seeks.

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Children should be raised by people who love them
by Clark Aldrich

Children need to spend as much time as possible around the adults who love them. Ideally, this means parents and grandparents. It can also mean the right aunt or uncle.

This is because children need to be around adults who care about their long-term future. Not their behavior next week, or next season, but ten or fifteen years from now.

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Top Parenting Bloggers Discuss: Parenting Changes Life
by Ronit Baras

Today, in this chapter of Top Parenting Bloggers Discuss, our experts answer the question "How has parenting changed your life?"

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Top Parenting Bloggers Discuss: Education
by Ronit Baras

In this part of Top Parenting Bloggers Discuss, I asked each blogger for their opinion of the education system.

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An education in good manners - are schools and teachers given too many parental responsibilities?
by Sarah Ebner, Times Online

Discipline, bad behaviour and good manners are topics which resonate hugely with both parents and teachers. A badly behaved child can ruin his own education, and also that of others. A well-mannered child can be a pleasure to teach.

But should teachers really be picking up the slack on this? In recent years, they seem to have been put in the position of surrogate parents and etiquette experts, with increasing pressure to teach what used to be taught at home. Can this really be right?

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Teaching: Inspiring British children, Slumdog style
by Max Davidson, The Telegraph

"I don't mind children cribbing answers off other children," says Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at the University of Newcastle. "It's one of the ways they can learn. I also don't think there should be too many constraints on what they can look at on the internet."

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Democratizing Education
by Nancy Salvato, The Washington Times

Why are so many people afraid of equalizing educational opportunity? Personally, I'm all for allowing access to curricula -- especially to that which is nonideological, which meets rigorous academic standards, and allows a student to pursue learning in a different venue than the traditional classroom. The likelihood is that a self-motivated individual can accomplish more -- and in less time than it takes at school.

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Reshaping Learning from the Ground Up
by James Daly, Edutopia

Edutopia.org: You've been writing about our educational system for decades. What's the most pressing need in public education right now?

Alvin Toffler: Shut down the public education system.

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In education, customization is important, like air is important
by Clark Aldrich

When people look back at the current industrial education model in twenty years, they will be dumbfounded by the lack of customization.

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The Classroom Isn't The "Real World"
by Aaron Eyler

It drives me crazy when people say things to kids like "you know, in the real world…" as though it is some far-off place that requires the indoctrination of 13 years of boring, irrelevant schooling to enter.

How about this? WE SHOULDN'T WANT THE CLASSROOM TO BE "THE REAL WORLD"! Why?

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Boredom begins at school
by Albert Nerenberg
 
The Boring Institute was created in 1984 to salute achievement in total boredom. Originally it was a publicity stunt: Founder and publicist Alan Caruba, would announce the most boring celebrities and TV shows of the year, often to great acclaim.

Amazingly, Caruba soon would find himself the go-to person for expertise on boredom. What is it? Where does it come from? That's easy, says Caruba. Boredom begins in school. The original Boring Institute.

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Dear Students: Don't let college unplug your future
by Gideon Burton

Dear students:

I'm about to say something a college professor shouldn't say to his students, but I care about you a lot so I'm prepared to break the code and say what needs to be said: Your college experience is likely to set back your education, your career, and your creative potential. Ironically, this will be done in the name of education. You deserve to know about this! You have what it takes to reclaim, reform, and remix your education. Don't let college unplug your future!

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Thank you for that item to Brenda Ferns


Freedom helps kids learn more
by Amelia Tan, The Straits Times

Too much control over a child's learning - and this includes excessive testing - is bad, a pair of visiting researchers have said.

An emphasis on exams puts stress on the child, and also on the teacher - whose performance hangs on how well his students do.

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Thank you for that item to Joe Bower


Oz Never Did Give Nothing to the Children They Didn't Already Have
by Linda Dobson

While interviewing grown homeschoolers and their parents for Homeschoolers' Success Stories, I heard at least six versions of a belief I have long held: You never understand the system until you get out of it.

Homeschoolers, each in her own way and each in his own time, eventually run into "things fishy" as they glimpse behind the curtain surrounding the workings of the nation's educational system while educating themselves about education.

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Instead of Education
from Radio Free School

Imagine this: a world where we never talked about education. We simply learned. There were no curriculums, no bodies of information that we all 'ought to know,' 'should know,' 'must know' by a certain age. A world where people were left alone to unfold as they will. There would be that many more paths to take, that many more ways of being. Would our world look much different from what it is today? Would people be happier?

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Unschooling
by Debby Thompson

MJ thinks school should be fun then brings up "Unschooling." Now I had heard about Unschooling several years ago, and thought, RIGHT ON! If only my parents had taken the initiative to take interest in my interests, to direct me to a passion in life, and love and support my passions, to educate me at home with life!

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Unschooling for education
by Julie Gibbons

We accept for many people, to home educate is a radical decision: we might never have been brave enough to make it without a catalyst. The catalyst for us was the Grand Adventure itself - our 12 week long summer trip in 2008, with plans to repeat it throughout the year and into infinity! On a practical level that would be tricky to organise around the school year.

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Unschooling On Good Morning America And In The Mainstream
by Kristen

Where to start?! The media is, well the media. They are a business.  They feature stories that will boost ratings.  They use shock value to stir up attention and in turn receive more viewers.

So why we are surprised by both the Good Morning America and the Discovery Health reports on Unschooling?  They are typical examples of  biased reporting.  Both were short segments filled more with shock value than facts and true glimpses into real unschooling.

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Curious about Unschooling?
by Jena Borah

Did you know that at least 100,000 kids in the US are considered "unschooled?" And after Good Morning America's segment on unschooling last week, outraged educators and concerned grandparents are linking arms.

But what's the truth? What's it like to be unschooled? What are those parents thinking?!

As a mom of three unschooled kids, including one who became a National Merit Scholar, allow me to explain.

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Defending Unschooling: 'It's Not Anything Goes'
from Learning Freely Network

Christine Yablonski and Phil Biegler appeared live on "Good Morning America" today to defend their controversial education method, which prompted an overwhelming response from viewers.

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"But you're missing the point!"
by Phil Biegler

I'm reading (and listening to) more fallout from our TV appearances, and I find myself saying "you're missing this point!" way too much. So, once again I try to go at it from the other side. What's the point? How do I say it more clearly so that others will hear it more clearly?

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Good Morning America: Don't You Love Your Children?
by Jeff Sabo

I really enjoyed reading some of the criticism leveled at the unschooling community this week after Phil, Christine, Kimi and Shaun appeared on GMA. I am in no way surprised that the initial mainstream reaction to unschooling, either as an educational choice or as a lifestyle choice, was negative. And I am in no way surprised that the mainstream parenting blogs are now coming out of the woodwork, some how buttressed and validated by a morning news program. My lack of surprise notwithstanding, I felt the need to recycle some old thoughts about the foundations of why we unschool, and the challenges that places upon us every day as a family.

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Unschooling, Unparenting
by Jeff Sabo

There are a few different ways to define Unparenting. I actually like the way it is defined on Unparenting.com, which is more of a "Un-traditional Parenting." Nothing at all wrong with that, in my mind.

When most people think of Unparenting, though, they think of parents who are choosing to turn their backs on some of the fundamental duties and roles of a parent. And what might those be? Glad you asked.

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Unschooling is NOT Unparenting
by Beth Balmanno

Unschooling.  Thanks to a recent story on Good Morning America, the word unschooling conjures up images of kids running wild, watching TV and playing video games in lieu of attending school. Kids with no direction, no purpose, no parenting.  People are up in arms over this "new" movement in the homeschool world.

Well, guess what?  Unschooling is not new. And unschooling is not unparenting.

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Unschooling UNEDITED
by Linda Dobson

There have been lots of great blog posts and responses to negative blog posts written about the unschooling fiasco presented by Good Morning America this week. Something I haven't seen addressed, though, is bugging me. Where in the world did "news" people get the idea that unschooling is something new?

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Unschooling and Unjournalism
by Peter J. Orvetti

My five-year-old sons are among the approximately 1.5 million American children currently being educated at home. Rather than attend a traditional school five days per week, they spend their days doing projects, reading and being read to, learning to write through games, visiting museums and art galleries, and taking classes at various institutions near our urban home.

Though what would now be called "homeschooling" was the norm in the United States for most of its history, the positive development of universal educational opportunity around the start of the 20th century changed that.

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Guess what? Kids are human beings too....
by Chris

Since the firestorm that started after the Beigler family appeared on Good Morning America Monday morning, there has been a lot of press given to Unschooling.  Other than the first piece that GMA did, most of the press has been much more positive and done in a way to better understand what unschooling actually is.

A lot of the comments from uninformed people responding to these shows has really been comical in many respects.  Two of my favorites ...

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Unschooling: It's what we DO, rather than what we DON'T DO.
by Lisa

When people find out that my family considers ourselves to be Radical Unschoolers, they almost always become confused and then angry-in that order.

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Radical Unschooling
by Pam Sooroshian

It  isn't at all surprising that radical unschooling sounds pretty wacko to those who haven't observed it in action.

First, it is extremely hard to explain it - it is a total paradigm shift in how we parent.

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Unschooling and motivation to do the 'have to do' things in life.
by Beverley Paine

I find it hard to convey to homeschoolers who aren't unschooling yet but look wistfully over their fences at it, that unschooling, or natural learning as we tend to call it here in Australia, is definitely not abandoning the concept of duties and commitments children have to do. Heck, life just ain't like that - it won't allow us to do that. Children can't handle it either. They quickly show signs of real stress.

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Why I Unschooled My Three Kids
by Julie Taylor, momlogic

When we heard about unschooling this week on "GMA," we weren't sure what it was all about. We wanted to find a mom who had unschooled her kids and felt this was the right decision for her family. That led us to Sandra Dodd, who unschooled her three children -- now aged 18, 21 and 23. They never had one day of "normal school" -- and Dodd has no regrets.

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Unschooler Eli Gerzon: 'I love my life'
from Radio Free School

Eli Gerzon is a grown unschooler or 'worldschooler' as he likes to call it. He shares his insights into finding one's own true path ...

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Learning to Live: Our Journey to UnSchooling
by Jessica Martin-Weber

When people would suggest homeschooling to me I would start to itch, head to toe.  After the itching would come the sweating and I would find it difficult to breath.  Homeschool?  Me?  I couldn't think of a more terrible idea. Before having children I articulated in no uncertain terms that I was not homeschool mom material.  At. All.  Our children would go to public school, private school if the public schools weren't good enough and that would be that.

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Unschooling from a Father's Perspective
by Wendy Priesnitz

For the Sake of Our Children is a powerful memoir of a life led respecting and trusting children, from the naturalness of home birth and breastfeeding on demand, through learning by living and working together on a small farm and in a natural food store. The author's passionate ruminations about his strongly-held philosophies of attachment parenting and self-directed education are woven throughout a series of journal entries describing the daily life of a family of three unschooled teens.

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How harmful is unschooling?
by Sara

With the current hubbub about unschooling, I'm seeing a lot of articles about unschooling written by people who obviously have no experience with it. . . articles with titles like "How harmful is unschooling?" I didn't feel compelled to read that one.

How harmful is writing about unschooling when you have no experience with it?

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Putting the "Home" in Homeschooling
by James

Why do we homeschool?

My initial answer started out as a long rambling history of our journey into homeschooling eight years ago when we pulled our daughter out of her first term of kindergarten.

But here are the real reasons…

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One of Homeschooling's Benefits for Parents: You Can See Clearly Now
by Linda Dobson

My initial reasons for entering the world of homeschooling revolved solely around my children. I saw an opportunity to spare them from spending many adult years shaking off the conditioning that would limit their thinking, their potential, and their happiness. My oldest child's brief stint in public school kindergarten had already revealed 1) the stress of too-early formal book learning, 2) the behavior-altering effects of peer pressure, 3) the personality-altering effects of school "discipline," 4) the spirit-altering effects of boredom, irrelevance, separation, etc., etc.

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Why don't you use a curriculum
by Tammy Curry

I think the second most frequently asked question we receive as a homeschooling family is: Why don't you use a curriculum? or Aren't you required to teach state standards? How can you do that without a curriculum?

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There is no one answer to how to educate a child. There may not be any answers.
by Clark Aldrich

The bad news is that there is no answer to how to best educate a child.

Every child is different. Every home context is different. The notion of "one path for education" is orders of magnitude more absurd than "everyone should drive the same kind of car."

Read more ...


Learn something because you need it or because you love it
by Clark Aldrich

There are only two reasons to learn something. Either because you need it or because you love it.

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Parenting, not TV watching, affects children's learning
by Misty Harris, Canwest News Service

Sorry, moms. Turns out, TV might not rot your brain, after all.

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A radical thought..gaming is OK
by Kelli

People have been responding to the recent onslaught of news coverage that unschooling has received. This is totally understandable with how slanted the first Good Morning America piece was, but now I have a gripe. And it's actually with some of the unschoolers responses.

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Boy Scouts Offer New Merit Pin -- for Video Gaming
by Joseph Abrams, FOX News

The Boy Scouts of America - a group founded on the principles of building character and improving physical fitness - have introduced a brand new award for academic achievement in video gaming, a move that has child health experts atwitter.

Read more ...

Thank you for that item to Judy Breck


Napsterize Education
by Morgan Warstler

Example:  Lecture #11 of Professor Warstler's ECON204: "Public Goods" is the same every damn semester.  And yet, twice a year, 100 new students are packed into a room to listen to him say the same damn thing for $3800.00 per hour.   It rarely changes, but next year, kids will pay even more to hear him say it again.  Even crazier, there's another professor 250 miles away teaching the same class.

In web economics, this situation is GOLD.   Because unlike a Hollywood blockbuster or "Chocolate Rain" that gets all its action right after its launch, a single recording of Warstler's ECON204 lecture can be improved endlessly and watched by millions of people over the next twenty years.

Read more ...

Thank you for that item to Judy Breck


One Web has won and that makes all the difference
by Judy Breck

One Web has won out over proprietary content, content in walled gardens, and other efforts to partition off content to sell it or control it. That victory was not won by copyright dismantling, the generosity of those who would share, or any other human intervention. One Web has won because network laws are far more powerful than any of these human machinations.

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Psychiatric Drugging of Infants and Toddlers in the US - Part II
by Evelyn Pringle

Of all the harmful actions of modern psychiatry, "the mass diagnosing and drugging of children is the most appalling with the most serious consequences for the future of individual lives and for society," warns the world-renowned expert, Dr Peter Breggin, often referred to as the "Conscience of Psychiatry."

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Are Prozac and Other Psychiatric Drugs Causing the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America?
by Bruce E. Levine, AlterNet

An interview with investigative reporter Robert Whitaker, about the dramatic increase in mental illness disability and its surprising cause.

Read more ...



AUDIO LINKS


Using your child's imagination to heal

A podcast from Carrie Lauth's Natural Moms Talk Radio. Her guest is Dr. Charlotte Reznick, "nationally recognized child educational psychologist, and associate clinical professor of psychology at UCLA.

Dr. Reznick is the author of The Power of Your Child's Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success.

The book describes easy to use imagination techniques that can help kids with stress, pain, fears, and even treat sleep issues. Most parents realize that children are very good at using their imaginations, why not teach them imagery techniques that they can use for a lifetime?"

Listen at naturalmomstalkradio.com


Peace of Mind Parenting

"Parenting Podcasts to rejuvenate, be inspired, and return to having a sense of your peace of mind within your relationships and throughout your life as a parent."

Six free downloadable podcasts available at the time of writing: Authentic Communication; Building Self-Esteem; Power of Your Child's Perspective; Interview with Brian Joseph [Parent Educator at The Center For Nonviolent Education and Parenting]; Loving Your Child No Matter What; Improvised Storytelling.

Listen at www.peaceofmindparenting.com



VIDEO LINKS


Fostering Growth Mindsets

Part of the Half Full: Social Science for Raising Happy Kids discussion series between Dr. Christine Carter and Kelly Corrigan. (4 mins 15 secs)

Watch at www.youtube.com


Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids

"Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach." (8 mins 13 secs)

Watch at www.ted.com


60 Second Recap

Some of the world's most read books each explored in a series of 60 second videos.

"60second Recap™ wants to make the great works of literature accessible, relevant, and, frankly, irresistible to today's teens. Through 60second Recap™ video albums, we seek to help teens engage with the best books out there ... not just to help them get better grades, but to help them build better lives."

Watch at www.60secondrecap.com


Vanessa Van Petten on teens, texting and cell phones

Two short videos featuring "Youthologist" Vanessa Van Petten in conversation with CNN's Ali Velshi on the topic of modern teenage lifestyles.

1: "Texting Teens Miss Social Cues" (3 mins 37 secs)
2: "Schools Using Cell Phones in Class" (5 mins 31 secs)

Watch at www.radicalparenting.com


 
NOTICE BOARD


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 FREE 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.

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

"How Kindred began

In 2002, Kelly Wendorf (formerly known as Kali Wendorf) began publishing a natural parenting and sustainable living magazine called byronchild. Four years later, due to its success and positive endorsements, byronchild relaunched as Kindred magazine. In 2009, Kindred stopped publishing as a print magazine, and moved to an exclusively online format. Today Kindred archives hundreds of articles, and hosts dozens of online columnists.

About Kindred

Kindred explores what it means to be fully human. Kindred means to be 'of kin' or 'of clan'...the recognition that we all belong to this big human family. To treat someone as kin, as kindred, means we treat them with a particular familial warmth and generous responsibility.

Kindred courageously explores social, political, spiritual, global and environmental issues. Kindred also recognizes the inherent importance and worth of our shared custodianship of the future of our world through our children, not only as parents but also as members of the human community. We support the task of conscious parenting through considering the needs of children and parents within a world that is rapidly changing. Understanding that there are immense forces through which we direct our lives and make our own choices for ourselves and our children, Kindred respects each parent's unique journey and the choices made along the way. We understand that there is no formula for meeting each person's individual challenges and therefore trust each parent's innate ability to know and intuit what is right for their child, for themselves and their families."

www.kindredcommunity.com


The Home Birth Project

"Welcome to The Home Birth Project.  This is a safe place to share your stories on homebirth, breastfeeding and natural parenting and listen to the stories of others.  It is our hope that we can make the world a better place, one birth at a time."

www.thehomebirthproject.com

Thank you for that item to Marilyn Milos


Consciously Parenting

"The Consciously Parenting Project, LLC is a collaboration of professionals and families who are dedicated to providing information, resources and support for conscious decision-making in all areas of family life. We are committed to providing the most up-to-date research and information possible so that parents can truly make informed decisions. The Consciously Parenting Project, LLC is comprised of an on-line community, educational opportunities for parents including TeleParenting Support Classes, Family-friendly retreats, tele-seminars and in-person workshops, articles, and an extensive resource list on a wide variety of parenting topics."

www.consciouslyparenting.com


Parent2ParentU

"Parent2ParentU is a unique online "self-growth" community offering one-of-a-kind integrative webinars and workshops for the 21st century parent, providing cutting-edge science, compelling real-life stories, original videos, parent Q&A, digital handouts and interviews.

Parent2ParentU seeks to inspire and empower us to pave and live our extraordinary parenting journey with authenticity, empathy and connection."

www.parent2parentu.com


HESFES 2010

Saturday, July 10 - Saturday, July 17, 2010

At The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge  Kent, England

"HESFES is the Home Educators' Summer Festival. Children who are in school are also very welcome.

It is run by a cooperative of volunteers and is non profit making and entirely self funding.

Now in its 13th year  the event will once again see people from all over the UK and abroad come together for a week of fun."

Get all the exciting details at www.hesfes.co.uk


14th International Rethinking Everything Conference

Friday, September 3 - Tuesday, September 7, 2010

At the American Airlines Training & Conference Center, Fort Worth, Texas, USA

"Founded 17 years ago as the Rethinking Education conference and officially morphing in 2009 to Rethinking Everything, we're setting bright new standards for progressive families ...

At the heart of Rethinking Everything is the awareness that the most important way we can effect positive, enlightened change in the world is by entirely rethinking the nature of childhood and the environments we create to support the THRIVING of children and their families."

Get all the exciting details at www.rethinkingeverything.net/


Unschoolers in the News (again)

A brief article from the Washington Post about unschooling and food choices and a round-up of some more views emanating from the Good Morning America segments about unschooling broadcast on April 19 and 20 (includes some items I've linked to in this issue).

Read more at Sandra Dodd's Homeschool News and Muse website






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