Listen-in on the Thriving Family Summit

What happens when there is too much information, and not enough realness? We end up feeling guilty and stuck. We don’t need ‘experts’ as much as we need open-ness.

As a parent-educator and writer I don’t get asked this often enough: “what are your own struggles as a father?” .      And there are plenty of struggles; times when my own issues from childhood and adolescence are triggered. Our children help to grow us up, and yes they make us vulnerable, often.    I really appreciate being asked that question at this summit!  And I am glad to have shared my own growth process as a father.

Starting May 22, fourteen parenting visionaries, including myself, are sharing deep, inspiring conversations about how transformation is both possible and even likely. The Thriving Family Summit is presenting daily interviews with leaders in the conscious, peaceful parenting movement for free to all registrants. My interview is May 23, and you can join us HERE. 

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Renew Fest 2017 at Mullumbimby

For so long I wished for an alliance between the Green Movement and the Children’s Liberation Movement.

How else can humanity evolve towards the interconnected, ecologically integrated society?

So, it finally happened. And I’m thrilled.

And I will be there, speaking and sharing. Lots of incredibly inspiring speakers! A variety of wonderful live music. Buzzy community, zero waste. What a salve for the soul.

Renew Fest, Mullumbimby, 2017. 

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‘Vive la France’ – and its ‘enfants’!

Mon Dieu, quelle bonheur! France just became the 52nd country to ban all corporal punishment of children, at home or at school. Only 4 countries left till all of Europe is a smacking-free zone. Well, in Italy it is already banned by their Supreme court, just not formalized into law yet. That leaves just Switzerland, the Czech Republic and….UK.

The new normal: treating children as persons. This will have very positive flow-on effects on all society.

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Climate makes us borderless

15959587_1478887651-488Every so often a historic moment comes that demands strong and committed collective action. I believe we are there, all of us, right now. And normal, day to day life will not do. The world is in a climate emergency, vested interests hold on and refuse to budge. We can’t afford to wait for rescue, we each need to mobilize, for our children….NOW.

Standing Rock in the Dakota Reservation is now Ground Zero in the global battle to halt the destructive Fossil Fuel from plunging us further into enviro-chaos.

American War Veterans are organizing to face off the abusive pro-pipeline military, on 4th December.  They are there voluntarily, for all of us; for the whole world. The whole world can support them. I donated. Please consider backing these veterans, we need them. And please share widely.


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The Trump phenomenon started with childhoods

maxresdefaultCan the cultural forces that gave rise to Trump and his anti-environment xenophobic cabinet be explained by…..
….trends in parenting in USA?
I have decided to make my epilogue to Heart-to-Heart Parenting (2012 edition) freely available.
Just have a look at the bullet points if that is all you have time for.
The role of parenting styles and education….what do you think?



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Science smacks the smack

disobedience-1673196_1280I wonder how much more science we are going to need.

Is this enough yet? Half a century of research studies, over 160,000 children studied around the world. There is no safe level. Even a bit of a smack is harmful for child development. HERE is the latest analysis of all the world’s evidence, simple and clear.

Science totally gets it.  Fifty nations have banned the smack, 52 more are in process.

Time for Australia, USA and UK to give children the same protection we give adults.


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Pediatrics ramps up support for BF and co-sleeping

cosleepingIn their newest policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (largest in the world) has just issued its strongest statement yet, in support of exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months, and sleeping with baby very close by.

Both breastfeeding and proximal sleeping can sharply reduce the risk of SIDS.

You can read the full report HERE.

And HERE are the best guidelines for safe co-sleeping with your baby.

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FREE online conference: Education: Next Generation

ednextgen-facebook-postPlease join me for the Education: Next Generation Online Conference! This is a FREE global online event from Nov. 3-7, 2016, bringing together over 25 experts and thought leaders in parenting and education.

The conference is hosted by Jason and Cecilia Hilkey,  creators of Happily Family.

You’ll get access to cutting-edge interviews full of inspirational ideas and practical tools to raise kids to be mindful, connected, compassionate, and resilient.

Look who’s talking!!!!

  • Dr. Daniel Siegel (Psychiatrist, Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute)
  • Lenore Skenazy (Author of Free Range Kids)
  • Patty Wipfler (Founder of Hand in Hand Parenting)
  • Robin Grille (Psychologist, Author of Parenting for a Peaceful World)
  • Heather Forbes (Founder of Beyond Consequences Institute)
  • Elena Brower (Yoga Teacher, Author of The Art of Attention)
  • Tara Mohr (Creator of the Playing Big leadership program)
  • Charles Eisenstein (Author of The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible)
  • Lots more brilliant speakers…!

Register for the FREE conference…HERE

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Healthy Birth Healthy Earth Conference now available online

stream-product2Available now: nine wonderful presentations that help us discover how awareness of birth can support our human evolution in co-creation with Nature. Over eleven hours of magnificent insight and inspiration with world-class speakers.

For more info and to purchase, go HERE

and use this discount coupon code:  hbhe4005

Enjoy the conference! (I was there and I loved it).

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Number 50 is here!

maxresdefaultParaguay just became the 50th nation to ban the corporal punishment of children. There is almost nowhere left in Latin America where a child can be legally hit. Meanwhile, more nations are committing to the process of banning. Hitting a child is domestic violence. Does that statement feel NORMAL yet?

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