The APA website provides information about attachment parenting; attachment parenting support groups within Australia; online discussion groups within Australia and beyond; links to useful websites; a list of useful books, publications and research articles.”attachmentparentingaustralia.com
Attachment Parenting International “Attachment Parenting International is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate and support all parents in raising secure, joyful and empathic children in order to strengthen families and create a more compassionate world.” www.attachmentparenting.org
Authentic Parenting The Consciously Parenting Project “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
Empathic Parenting The website of The Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. www.empathicparenting.org
The Mindful Parent “The Mindful Parent is an organization devoted to sharing with parents and other child caregivers ways in which to enhance the many joys of parenting. …
To facilitate a more mindful approach to parenting, The Mindful Parent publishes on its website, and in its newsletter, mindful parenting verses and commentaries. The Mindful Parent website also serves as a community forum that encourages and supports a mindful parenting dialogue and the sharing of mindful parenting experiences.” themindfulparent.org
Nurture Magazine “Nurture is Australia’s only natural parenting magazine. It is a quarterly print publication that provides comprehensive, thought-provoking and evidence-based articles on the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual elements of child-rearing from a natural parenting perspective. It also features regular columns including Natural Dad’s Corner, Breastfeeding, Babywearing, Activities for children/families, Organic gardening with children, Recipes (baby led weaning recipes and recipes you can cook with your child), Reader’s story and Book reviews.
Parent2ParentU “Parent2ParentU is a unique new parent growth website founded by author and parent educator Lu Hanessian, offering a variety of courses for parents who want to parent wholeheartedly and make sense of their stories in order to cultivate optimal wellbeing, security, and resilience in their children.” www.parent2parentu.com
PhD in Parenting “Annie has been blogging about the art and science of parenting on the PhD in Parenting Blog since May 2008. She is a social, political and consumer advocate on issues of importance to parents, women and children. She regularly uses her blog as a platform to create awareness and to advocate for change, calling out the government, corporations, media and sometimes other bloggers for positions, policies and actions that threaten the rights and well-being of parents and their children.”
Be sure to visit the “Best of” pages.
Prepare Tomorrow’s Parents “Prepare Tomorrow’s Parents, formerly The Parenting Project, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to addressing our nation’s crises of child abuse, neglect & abandonment, teen pregnancy & overall violence by working to bring parenting, empathy & nurturing skills education to all school age children & teens.” www.parentingproject.org
Privilege of Parenting “On Becoming Our Best Selves Through Raising Children” ‘Clinical psychologist Bruce Steven Dolin, Psy.D., offers empathy, compassion and insight in the service of all our collective children.”
Raising Happiness The Raising Happiness blog was created by Christine Carter, Ph.D., the director of the the University of California, Berkeley, Greater Good Science Center’s Greater Good Parents program. \”In her award-winning, one-of-a-kind blog (formerly named Half Full), Carter offers science-based tips for more joyful kids and happier parents. She combines her work as a sociologist and happiness expert with her experiences as a mother, producing a rich, humorous, and credible guide to raising kids in the 21st century.” greatergood.berkeley.edu/raising_happiness Conscious Woman Founded by Raquel Lazar-Paley, Conscious Woman, Inc., is “an online organization aimed at raising awareness of legal and consumer issues concerning women’s and children’s health and the environment.” consciouswoman.org The Fatherhood Project “The Fatherhood Project develops and delivers specialised education, support and mentoring programs for fathers that are uniquely father-focused, including fatherhood mentoring sessions, expectant and new fathers groups and Indigenous fathers circles.
The Fatherhood Project is also the founder of The Fatherhood Festival, a unique 3-day community event held over the Fathers Day weekend that brings people and families together to question, explore and publicly celebrate the role of fatherhood. www.fatherhood.com.au
Fatherville “Where Real Fathers Write About Real Fatherhood” “Our mission and goal is to encourage men to become better fathers through the exchange of ideas. This exchange can take place in a number of ways: via our online forum, written essays and contributed articles from other fathers. If you are a dad there’s something here for you.” www.fatherville.com
Rebel Dad “Between 2002 and 2010, this blog was a (more or less) continually updated log of news and ideas related to at-home fatherhood. I’ve given up the “at-home father” title (at least the first part of the title), but RebelDad.com remains here as a resource for anyone looking for more information about at-home fatherhood.” – Brian Reid, Rebel Dad rebeldad.com Birth Psychology The website of The Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH). birthpsychology.com
The Baby Bond The website of Dr. Linda Folden Palmer, author of The Baby Bond: The New Science Behind What’s Really Important When Caring for Your Baby. thebabybond.com
Intact America “Intact America works to protect babies and children from circumcision and all other forms of medically unnecessary genital alteration, whether carried out for cultural conformity or profit, in medical or non-medical settings.” intactamerica.org I Used To Believe “I Used To Believe is a funny and bizarre collection of ideas that adults thought were true when they were children. It will remind you what it was like to be a child, fascinated and horrified by the world in equal parts. The following pages will reassure you that the things you used to believe weren’t so strange after all…” www.iusedtobelieve.com Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) AERO is “the primary hub for those looking for, starting, and researching educational alternatives around the world.” www.educationrevolution.org
Born To Learn “Born to Learn is a fun, thought-provoking series of animations that illustrate ground-breaking new discoveries about how humans learn.” www.born-to-learn.org
Education Otherwise “This site provides information and resources for home educating families and those considering home education for the first time, including guidance on home education and the law, SEN [Special Educational Needs] and disabilities; downloadable fact sheets covering many aspects of HE; and links to local HE groups across the UK.” www.education-otherwise.net
Khan Academy “With over 3,300 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, we’re on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.”
The Learning WebAn introduction to Unlimited: The new learning revolution and the seven keys to unlock it, a book by Gordon Dryden & Jeanette Vos. Read the first 34 pages for free. www.thelearningweb.net
Life Without School “The Life Without School Blog is an on-line publication and blogging community. We homeschool. We unschool. We live our lives without school. For some, life without school begins as a conscientious choice that is whole-heartedly embraced. For others, it begins as a quest for second chances, new opportunity or even as an internal prompting led by the desire to meet the needs of a child. No matter how we come into this lifestyle, the purpose we most commonly share is reflected best by this one question: “What is right for my child?” Life without school is not for all families or all children, but it is a valid and valued lifestyle choice for many.” www.blog.lifewithoutschool.info
Mission to Learn “Is continuing to learn and grow throughout life important to you?
Then you are in the right place. Mission to Learn is all about how we can all live better through knowing better. If you are wondering about things like
How can I develop habits that help me learn, grow, and live a better life?
Are there ways to learn faster and better?
How can I find great (and often free) learning resources?
How does the human mind work?
How can technology help (or hurt) my efforts to learn?
How can I help others learn?
this is definitely the blog for you.” – Jeff Cobb, Mission to Learnwww.missiontolearn.com
Personalised Education Now “Personalised Education Now seeks to develop a rich, diverse, funded Personalised Educational Landscape to meet the learning needs, lifestyles and life choices made by individuals, families and communities.” www.personalisededucationnow.org.uk
SelfDesign “Are you seeking a path that nurtures your children’s natural desire to learn rather than a one-size-fits all system that standardizes rote memorization? Learn more about the SelfDesign process of natural learning.” www.selfdesign.com
Smug Home Educating Bastard A blog short lived and inactive since September 2010, but there are still about nine months’ worth of clever comparisons between home education and schooling that make me chuckle. I hope they remain there indefinitely for parents (and people generally) to think about. smughomeeducatingbastard.blogspot.com.au
Unschooling Lifestyle “On this site, you’ll find my “practical unschooling” collections of free online resources on MANY USEFUL TOPICS, as well as some educator discounts & freebies.” – Sara McGrath, Unschooling Lifestyle.
www.unschoolinglifestyle.comBrain Rules “In Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina, a molecular biologist, shares his lifelong interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and the way we work. In each chapter, he describes a brain rule-what scientists know for sure about how our brains work-and then offers transformative ideas for our daily lives.” www.brainrules.net Gamespot Gamespot is the website my son and I used to go to for information about videogames. You’ll find detailed reviews of all the games for all current platforms, including PC and handhelds, user reviews, official trailers, gameplay videos, screenshots, interviews with game producers, demos, links to cheat codes and walkthroughs and the annual Best & Worst Awards.
No need to be in the dark about any videogame!