The Parental Intelligence Newsletter

12 September 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 links to 46 articles, 5 videos and 15 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!



"If there is anything we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could be better changed in ourselves." - C.G. Jung


Parenting Is Paramount
by Linda Dobson

It's likely to be controversial, but Maslow's Pyramid of Needs has been updated according to information that wasn't readily available in Maslow's time, according to a Science Daily articled titled "Maslow Updated: Reworking of the Famous Psychological Pyramid of Needs Puts Parenting at the Top."

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NewsFlash! Parenting Tops Maslow's New Pyramid!
by Mark Brady

Maslow's Pyramid has finally been given a good remodeling. And it's about time, that's all I can say. Maslow's long been a hero of mine, but the builder in me has been  thinking about rebuilding his pyramid for awhile now using a number of recent social neuroscience's findings as more up-to-date blueprints.

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Why Home Births Are Worth Considering
by Melissa Cheyney

A new analysis by Dr. Joseph Wax comparing home births and hospital births, which was published in the recent issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, not only presents misleading conclusions, it drives a wedge between two groups that cannot afford a greater divide: medical doctors and midwives.

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Thank you for that item to Kim Wildner

161 Reasons to Birth at Home!!!
by The Peaceful Birth Project

A few weeks ago I posted this question on Facebook: From the sublime to the mundane, what is your reason to birth at home? Many women posted that SAFETY was their reason to birth at home. Other common responses were COMFORT, FREEDOM and BONDING with baby.

These are the voices of mothers.  My hope is that birth professionals reading this list can reflect on what women need from us and that mothers can be inspired to birth at home.   My deep appreciation goes to all the women who contributed their thoughts to this list. A CNM friend who practices in a hospital said about this list: "Incredible! I hope this blossoms and finds its way around the earth."  ENJOY and pass it on!

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Husbands and Home Birth
by Alyssa Chirko

What is it about husbands and home birth?  Most of the women I know have had to either talk their husbands into home birth, or have compromised their own desires and been talked out of home birth by their skeptical partners. Why are men so afraid of home birth?  And how do we convince them that, for many families, it can be a safe and viable alternative to birth in a hospital?

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Thank you for that item to mamapoekie

Infants can remember emotional events: study

A new study led by a University of Toronto Scarborough psychologist shows that human infants can remember unusual emotional events.

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Thank you for that item to Rick King via aTLC

The Science of Attachment: Biological Roots of Love
by Lauren Lindsey Porter

Turn on your television. Walk the aisles of a toy store. Peruse the shelves in the baby department. What do you find? Toys to enchant and stimulate. Products to soothe and calm. Videos to enhance intelligence. Games to teach. There is a myriad of merchandise out there, all designed to connect with our babies, magnify their intelligence, and help them negotiate the world. There is also a vast library of advice to go along with the merchandise. Grandparents, pediatricians, friends, obstetricians, and daycare providers, to name just a few, each have volumes to speak on the subject of parenting. The themes that quickly emerge include fostering baby's independence, refraining from spoiling, and encouraging acceptable behavior and sleep patterns. Much of this advice focuses on easing the burden on parents, particularly mothers, who often feel overwhelmed at the arrival of a new baby or the challenges of a toddler. Even for parents drawn to child-centered, attachment-focused childrearing, difficulties arise that cause confusion and questioning, leaving us to wonder if we're doing the right thing. How can you sort it all out? Are there rights and wrongs? If so, how do you find them?

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Thank you for that item to Lyla Wolfenstein

Breastfeeding: Becoming a Healthier Nation From the Start
by Gina Ciagne, CLC

Americans believe in taking action to improve their health. They're into getting fit, quitting smoking, preventing disease and eating right, all part of the effort to live longer, happier and more fulfilling lives. But the one most fundamental step they can take has, somehow, fallen out of favor.

It's that little thing called breastfeeding.

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Thank you for that item to Heather Brown

Breastfeeding guides that make sense, not cent$
by PhD in Parenting

I've told you about how bad Nestle's breastfeeding advice is. I've looked into the conflict of interest in Babble offering a breastfeeding guide that is sponsored by Similac's feeding hotline and WebMD offering a breastfeeding guide that is sponsored by Nestle's Gerber Good Start.  If this is bad, what is good? Is it possible for a company or publisher to offer breastfeeding support and resources without having unethical sponsorship from an infant formula company? Why yes, it is.

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Dads Prefer Breastfeeding
from The Man-Nurse Diaries

A woman on a breastfeeding forum my wife's a member of told her husband to make a pie chart of why he prefers breastfeeding over formula feeding. Apparently he goes on and on about how great breastfeeding is. So here's what he came up with ...

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Thank you for that item to Shannon Burton

Why Children Should Witness Breastfeeding in Public
by Rachel

A child's life is made up of moments. Children learn by observing and interacting with their world, and every moment adds up to form the basis for the values, beliefs, habits, and memories which will carry them into adulthood. This seems obvious, but what does it have to do with breastfeeding?

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Thank you for that item to Patricia Törngren

EC: It's About Communication
by Maria

Just as our babies know their own bodies, and their needs for food and breast, they also know the bodily sensations that go with the need to pee and poop, and they can, and usually do, communicate these needs. A baby is very much aware of the pressure associated with full bladder and the rumble tumble of a stinky on the way.

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When Did You Stop Beating Your Kids?
by Mark Brady

In 1989 the United Nations passed its Conventions on the Rights of the Child. These Conventions contain 54 Articles and 2 Protocols that are "founded on respect for the dignity and worth of each individual, regardless of race, color, gender, language, religion, opinions, origins, wealth, birth status or ability." Since 1989 only two countries around the globe have deliberately decided not to ratify these conventions - Somalia and … the United States of America.

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Spanking: It's time to Stop Defending Violence Against Children
by Laurie A. Couture

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child has been in the news, as President Obama considers that it is an embarrassment that the United States is the only "civilized" nation who has refused to ratify a document that calls for nations to abolish legalized violence towards children. Although I take issue with the fact that the UN Convention recommends school be compulsory, the UN Convention is the only international child-focused treaty that calls for the end of violence towards youth. Egregiously, the GOP opposes the UN Convention because they have traditionally viewed children as the property of parents. Conservatives as a group have a poor track record regarding fighting for human rights; this includes their refusal to accept children's right to live in homes and communities where their bodies are protected from age-discriminating violence.

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Defending the Status Quo
by Jeff Sabo

Should I really have to defend my decision not to spank my kids?

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101 Things To Do Instead of Yelling or Spanking
from Code Name: Mama

If you have come to a point in a challenging situation with your child where you feel that the only thing left to do is to yell at or strike your child, step away from the child.

Here are 101 things you can do instead of yelling or spanking ...

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Cleaning and Chores
by Jeff Sabo

This past weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to co-present, with Ren Allen, an "Unschooling Mythbusters" session at the Northeast Unschooling Conference. We covered, and attempted to bust, a number of common misconceptions about learning and parenting, including bed times, socialization, food choices, and household chores. Our discussion on chores was perhaps the most controversial, as we could see parents really struggling with some of the ideas we presented.

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My Kids Listen. Do Yours?
by Heather Burditt

I was asked a very vague question yesterday.  Probably an extremely normal question in most parenting circles and I do not want to take away from the validity of the question.  However, it was a very strange question for me!  I've been radical unschooling for quite some time, I felt a little caught off guard.  Had I been prepared I probably could have given a better more thought out answer, rather than possibly sounding like a jerk.

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Old-Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills
by Alix Spiegel

On October 3, 1955, the Mickey Mouse Club debuted on television. As we all now know, the show quickly became a cultural icon, one of those phenomena that helped define an era.

What is less remembered but equally, if not more, important, is that another transformative cultural event happened that day: The Mattel toy company began advertising a gun called the "Thunder Burp."

I know - who's ever heard of the Thunder Burp?

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Thank you for that item to Lisa Meuser

Boys and aggressive play: Why can't we accept it?
by Amy Graff, San Francisco Chronicle

My friend Mark took his two boys to a Berkeley park last weekend. His boys brought their soft Styrofoam swords along, and next to the playground the 4- and 6-year-old engaged in battle, pretending to be dueling medieval knights.

Typical, harmless boy behavior, right?

Well, not according to a mom who was at the park with her three girls.

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Bedtime is relative ...
by boheime

We don't have a bedtime at our house. For us, bedtime is literally just the time someone goes to bed. There is no arbitrary time for us. We've encouraged our children to listen to their bodies and point out cues that we notice in order to help them recognize those signs that their bodies are tired.

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The smart Dutch take on teen sex
by Tracy Clark-Flory

Despite parents' allowing romantic sleepovers, the Netherlands has one of the lowest youth pregnancy rates.

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If Jane Goodall Were An Alien
by Laura Grace Weldon

Imagine someone with Jane Goodall's observational powers coming from outer space to observe us for a few days.
Let's narrow this alien's study down to something relatively simple. Our imaginary alien doesn't have time to report on Earth's progress toward peace, justice and environmental balance. Our imaginary alien doesn't even have time to cast her gaze across the whole planet.

Instead, the alien watches a few children in a typical American suburb before filing this report. (Disclaimer, in alien language, notes the report isn't representational of all humans or all time spans on Earth.)

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What's wrong with this picture? Just about everything
by Joe Bower

The following excerpt is just the beginning of Alfie Kohn's book The Schools Our Children Deserve:

    Abigail is given plenty of worksheets to complete in class as well as a substantial amount of homework. She studies to get good grades, and her school is proud of its high standardized test scores. Outstanding students are publicly recognized by the use of honor rolls, awards assemblies, and bumper stickers. Abigail's teacher, a charismatic lecturer, is clearly in control of the class: students raise their hands and wait patiently to be recognized. The teacher prepares detailed lesson plans well ahead of time, uses the latest textbooks, and gives regular quizzes to make sure kids stay on track.

    What's wrong with this picture? Just about everything.

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The Hiërarchical School System and its Effects: On Worth, Separation, Class, Equality and Freedom
by mamapoekie

In this money driven world, it seems as though every aspect of life is infused with the concept of 'worth' or 'value'. All things in life, material or non-material are measured, weighed and categorized. Some things are worth more than others, some choices are valued higher than the alternative.

This is equally true for our education system (speaking of Belgium here), some courses are deemed more important than others, some directions one can take are valued more and some directions are clearly labelled as the trash cans of the education system.

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Schools are designed to create both winners and losers
by Clark Aldrich

Schools and their classrooms are as competitive as any sport. By design, they rely on a motivational and management system where there must be winners and there must be losers.

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Schools: The Disaster Movie
by John Hielemann, New York Magazine

A debate has been raging over why our education system is failing. A new documentary by the director of An Inconvenient Truth throws fuel on the fire.

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3 Out of 5 Community College Entrants Need Remedial Courses
by Linda Dobson

In an effort to remove the "negative connotation" of the word "remedial," the education bureaucracy now asks us to call remedial courses "developmental courses." Of course, this little word play masks the sorry truth that should have parents and taxpayers up in arms: After the billions of dollars we all pay to put American children through 12 - 13 years of schooling, three out of five who enter community college still aren't academically ready for the work.

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More families are deciding that school's out - forever
by Kate Hammer, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

It may sound flaky, but the 'unschooling' movement's ideas are going mainstream as parents are increasingly opting to keep their kids out of class

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Why do parents send their children to school?
by Simon Webb

When my daughter was small and we were out and about, we often encountered the irritating question, 'No school today?' Once it was established that it was not just a question of no school today, but no school any day, I would sometimes be asked why I hadn't sent my daughter to school. Occasionally, I would turn the tables on such questioners by asking why they had decided to send their own children to school. What struck me was that this particular question seemed to leave most people struggling for an answer.

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For Those of You About to Homeschool, Private School, Unschool: I Salute You!
by Margaret Garcia-Couoh

Sometimes I think where you send your kids to school is as contentious in the 2010s as becoming a vegetarian was in the late 1980s. I remember many a dinner party where I casually left meat off my plate only to incur the wrath of other diners telling me how my being a vegetarian was silly and hurtful to them.

People launched into tirades about how I wasn't going to get enough protein and would wither away (um, no one in my family has ever withered away) or that somehow I was hurting the US economy or that carrots scream when you pull them. It wasn't that I walked into the room and announced "I'm a vegetarian! Follow me and I shall show you the path to true salvation!" I just sat down at my grandmother's on Sunday and didn't eat the meatloaf.

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Homeschoolers Bite Back
by Chele Coyne

It seems that the mainstream media is dedicated to promulgating a distorted vision of the homeschool community, in which "most" or "the majority of" homeschoolers are religious fanatics, or else we are extremely privileged and wealthy hipsters. Apparently, the press would have America believe that we are all bigots or brainwashers, or too trendy and elitist to be taken seriously.

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Schools fading as the cyber blends into the real world
by Judy Breck

Schooling has held cyberspace off at arms length for years, cringing at the dangers educators saw out there and touting a need they saw for education experts to guide and limit what students do out in the scary virtual world. The education establishment put walls around its stuff in the digital "out there" and walled it out of or filtered it into schools.

Meanwhile, we have come a very long way folks from the time when cyberspace was a separate world where geeks isolated themselves from the "real world."

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School is unbundling into the global commons of what is known
by Judy Breck

Network laws are causing schooling to unbundle, just as they have been doing to other sectors: music, journalism, merchandising and more.

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E-schools see rapid enrollment growth in Ohio
by Margo Rutledge Kissell, Dayton Daily News

More than 29,000 K-12 students attend school online in Ohio, about five times more than did seven years ago.

They log onto their computers from home without ever stepping into a classroom.

Some are in kindergarten.

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The Unschooling Path Towards Acceptance
by Tiff

Do you ever start doing something for one reason, then feel surprised when you turn out to love it for entirely different and bigger reasons?

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An Unschooled Life
by mamapoekie

Life begins at unschooling... at least a totally different life then the one you knew before.

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The Guy on the Plane
by Jeff Sabo

... Because I'm an introvert, and because my business travel always involved being engaged with people, I developed a bit of an anti-social attitude while traveling. I don't make eye contact with the security people, I don't joke with cab drivers, I don't smile at pretty ladies (although I will usually smile at kids) and I never, ever, EVER, talk to strangers on a plane.

Except for the other day, when I was traveling to Boston to the Northeast Unschooling Conference.

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Unschooling is Nothing New
by Wendy Priesnitz

The rhetoric - in the media, on social networking sites… - about "unschooling" is in overdrive these days. Whether the discussion is positive or negative in nature, the phenomenon is often breathlessly and incorrectly described as new or unorthodox. In fact, unschooling life learning is the way people naturally learn and school is the new-fangled way of doing things

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Unschooling is Taking Risks and Breaking Rules
by Wendy Priesnitz

Albert Einstein once said that it is a miracle curiosity survives formal education. Unfortunately, it often doesn't. When my husband Rolf and I decided almost 40 years ago that we wouldn't send our then-unborn daughters to school, we knew that curiosity was one of the precious traits we didn't want to risk them losing. In fact, we knew many things that we wanted to avoid about a school-based education, but nurturing the alternative - ensuring they retained their curiosity and other self-directed learning skills - well, that was another matter. Here are some of the components that, through trial and error, we discovered were central to a successful life learning ("unschooling") experience.

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Unschooling - a view from the corporate office
by Phil

I had the honor and privilege to speak at the Northeast Unschooling Conference (NEUC) in Wakefield, MA, last weekend. Below is a segment of the talk (it was 45 minutes, so it seems a little long to blog the whole talk). The talk was targeted at unschooling Dads; however, it's really relevant for the breadwinner in the family, regardless of gender. It speaks of my early experiences as unschooling Dad. In it, I speak of my wife, Christine, who led me into unschooling; my daughter, Kimi, 15, whose experience in school encouraged the decision; and my son Shaun, 13, who has grown and prospered as an unschooler despite my initial reaction that he should remain in school. The story focuses on the consequences of the fact that I've been in corporate jobs from the time Christine and I got married through today; this has remained constant from the time we sent the kids to school throughout our unschooling experience.

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How Unschooling Will Save Education
by Clark Aldrich

Unschooling will save education.

Collectively, we eventually will figure out that the massive school industry, as currently structured: costs way too much; teaches irrelevant material; crowds out more beneficial activities; breaks up families; and even creates a long term effect similar to a mild post-traumatic stress disorder.

However, we, as a culture, are not at that point yet. We are still tinkering with schools. We still think we want schools to work.

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Always Learning
by Wendy Priesnitz

Learning is not a finite thing. When exactly does the process of learning to read end? When we can identify a stop sign? Read Dick and Jane books? A newspaper? A games manual? War and Peace? I am still learning to read, to comprehend more, to expand my vocabulary, to read more quickly when I want to, to explore different genres and styles of writing. At some point, I may have to learn Braille!

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Reading in a Whole New Way
by Kevin Kelly,
Smithsonian magazine

As digital screens proliferate and people move from print to pixel, how will the act of reading change?

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Thank you for that item to Jeff Cobb

Do 3.5 million have ADHD?  Does Anyone?
by Fred A. Baughman Jr. M.D.

A letter to the Editor of USA Today from Fred A. Baughman Jr. M.D., author of The ADHD Fraud.

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The Hazards of Treating "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder" with Methylphenidate (Ritalin)
by Peter R. Breggin, M.D. and Ginger Ross Breggin
ABSTRACT. The criteria for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder focus on behaviors that adults find frustrating and disruptive. Conflicts between children and adults are redefined as diseases or disorders within the children. Treatment with stimulant drugs such as methylphenidate (Ritalin) will produce greater docility in any child (or animal) without actually improving conduct or academic performance. Parents are not informed that they are trading behavioral control for toxic drug effects. The label ADHD is attached to children who are in reality deprived of appropriate adult attention These children require improved adult attention to their basic needs.

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Reflections of Motherhood

"We asked moms if they could go back to before their first baby, what would they tell themselves. These are their answers. Everyone in the video is a mom :)"

Watch at (3 mins 45 secs)

Thank you for that item to Jonathan Fields

Y'all Busted in French

"Le rap anti-psy !

Aujourd'hui c'est le rappeur Californien Chill E. B. qui fait le buzz aux US. Son dernier clip ravageur contre l'exploitation d'une maladie inventée par les psys pour les labos, le THADA (troubles de l'hyperactivité avec déficit de l'attention), est une déclaration de guerre à ceux qui veulent psychiatriser nos enfants parce qu'ils se balancent sur leurs chaises et refusent d'apprendre leur leçon."

Watch at (4 mins 38 secs)

Watch the original English version on YouTube

Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education

"Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education -- the best teachers and schools don't exist where they're needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching."

Watch at (17 mins 14 secs)

Thank you for that item to Eric K. Carr

John Taylor Gatto Defines Unschooling

"John Taylor Gatto taught for thirty years in public schools before resigning dramatically in 1991, on the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal, claiming he was no longer willing to hurt children. He had recently been named New York State's official "Teacher of the Year" for the third time.

Later that year, he was the subject of a show at Carnegie Hall called "An Evening with John Taylor Gatto," which launched a career of public speaking that has now taken him around the world and nearly three million miles."

"Interviews and filming took place at the Alternative Education Resource Organization's 7th annual conference June 24-27, 2010 in Albany, NY."

Watch at (Part 1: 7 mins 4 secs; Part 2: 7 mins 23 secs)

Thank you for that item to Wendy Priesnitz

Unschooling documentary

"Excerpt from 'Unschooling' documentary. 'Unschooling' is a thoughtful, intriguing conversation with Bob Kay, Philadelphia psychiatrist and education advocate, about the human capacity and desire to learn, the history and limitations of the school system, and how we might better educate and inspire the next generations."

Watch at (3 mins 55 secs)


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

New Look and Functions at Touch the Future

"I have been gathering and sharing inspired resources for the people who care about children for years. Touch the Future was created to connect you with these visionaries and their often challenging insights. There is so much. How do you find what you need?

The New Home Page is a comprehensive index of all the publications, authors, blogs, audio and video we offer. You can find and access everything we offer right here. The Forum is new. What are people in the field thinking and talking about?" - Michael Mendizza

Check it out

My Birth

"Who are we?

We are mothers who have done what every woman should do before she has a baby, and that's research research research.

We have gathered this information from books, brochures, medical documents, research papers, government reports, speaking to midwives, doctors, qualified doulas.

Most importantly, this information has come from women who have kindly shared their birth experiences with us.

We have put it all together so that it is easier for women in Australia to make an informed choice about where and with whom they choose to birth their baby. We also wanted to clearly show what a woman is really saying yes to when she accepts intervention during her labour and birth."

Special Offer from Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education (PTAVE)

Jordan Riak, Director of PTAVE, has produced a booklet detailing the case against spanking - Plain Talk About Spanking. It's free to "parents, students, educators, education policymakers, healthcare providers, children's advocates, and all others who are concerned with the safety and wellbeing of children".

Find out more here

Praise for Plain Talk About Spanking

Mr. Bullyproof

"Mr Bullyproof is committed to training children and adults how to prevent themselves from ever being bullied again.

Imagine if you knew the secrets that would enable you, or your children, to be bullyproof too.

Let Mr Bullyproof show you how!"

Thank you for that item to Rintu Basu

The Pathways Foundation

"The Pathways Foundation is a National [Australian] harm prevention charity that assists young people make the fundamental emotional shift from being a child to becoming a young adult. The way Pathways does this is by providing contemporary, community based Rites of Passage for boys 13-15 yo.(Pathways to Manhood) and for girls 12-15 yo.(Pathways into Womanhood)."

For further information please visit

My thanks to James and Gilbert for the brochures!

The Daddy 365 Project

Thoughts on parenting one blog post every day for a year from Californian dad Jeff Sabo:

"When we truly pay attention to our partners and children, we can learn something valuable about ourselves - 365 days a year. Here's what I've learned each day."

Jeff is one of my favourite writers on parenthood. Subscribing to both of his blogs highly recommended!

Daddy 365

Just A Bald Man

Just Add Light and Stir

A new blog and email service from homeschooling legend Sandra Dodd.

Find out more here

Northeast Unschooling Conference

Finding Our Tribe: Our First Unschooling Conference

A review of the 2010 Northeast Unschooling Conference in Wakefield, Massachusetts, USA, by Amy Bradstreet.

Read it here

Australian Unschooling Conference

A review of the first ever Australian Unschooling Conference Retreat in Tallebudgera Creek, Queensland, Australia, by "majikfaerie".

Read that here

I will be creating a page at this website to commemorate the event - my own first ever unschooling conference - hopefully by the next issue of this newsletter. If you were at the conference and will be writing a review at your own website or blog, please let me know and I will link to it. Thanks.

Unschooling Australia

This is a Yahoo! group "for all aspects of living an unschooling life. Radical unschoolers and basic unschoolers are equally welcome here. This group is all about enjoying being with our kids and growing together. Any questions or discussions are welcome. This is an Australia based group, but anyone anywhere is welcome to join."

Go here to join

UZOMA Black Unschoolers' Conference

Monday, 7 March - Wednesday, 9 March, 2011

Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

"Uzoma is a Nigerian Igbo word which means 'the good path' and reflects the journey that all unschoolers embark upon when they choose this inspired method of education. It is our belief that a society can only experience freedom when its children are loved and respected as free people. Our mission is to help families learn about and share in this journey of becoming free.

The Uzoma Black Unschoolers' Conference (UBUC) was created to be a forum for unschoolers of color to meet together, build friendships, support one another, share resources, learn from experienced unschoolers of all backgrounds, and to discuss relevant issues that affect us in our unique experience."

Find out more at this Facebook page

Rainbow Divas Home Education CAMPFEST 2011

Tuesday 22nd to Sunday 27th March, 2011

Wymah Valley Holiday Park, Bowna (near Albury) NSW, Australia

"Our aim is to create a National, Annual Event in Australia that will meet the needs of ALL Home Schooling Families.  Our Festival is an opportunity to showcase the talent, skills, interests and passions of our Home Schooling Community.

Our intent is to promote and foster the skills, interests and knowledge of our National Home Educating community, and allow the passion of this information to reach as many Home Schoolers as possible.  At its heart, we believe that Home Schooling is a lifestyle, chosen by families for the enrichment of the entire family."

Please visit for all the details

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