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Laurie A. Couture

Laurie A. Couture is the author of Instead of Medicating and Punishing: Healing the Causes of Our Children’s Acting-Out Behavior by Parenting and Educating the Way Nature Intended. Her book was chosen as a finalist in the ForeWord Magazine Book-of- the-Year Awards in 2009. She appears as an expert in the documentary film, The War On Kids (2009) and is the host of The Free and Joyful Childhood Radio Show. Laurie was a recipient of the 2010 Manchester Union Leader’s Forty Under 40 honors.

Laurie specializes in helping parents heal their children’s emotional, behavioral and learning struggles through attachment parenting, natural education and alternatives to psychiatric drugs. She offers supportive parenting coaching and consulting as well as attachment parenting workshops and seminars through

Laurie has a background as a trauma specialist and mental health counselor as well as an educator. She is a contributor to several magazines and other media. Laurie’s passionate, leading-edge writing and advocacy on behalf of children and families have reached an international audience. Laurie is a Board member of Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education (PTAVE) and also mentors a disadvantaged teen. Laurie is a proud unschooling Mom to her 17 year old son, Brycen, who is a musician, writer and game inventor.

This life changing book helps parents to:

Connect with what all children and adolescents need if they are to thrive emotionally, behaviorally, educationally, socially, physically and spiritually;

Learn how children’s brains are wired from conception through adolescence to need certain parenting and educational conditions that are different from almost everything we have grown up with or have learned from our culture;

Find out what people in peaceful tribal cultures have known about parenting and education for millennia;

Discover multiple alternatives to medication, talk therapy, behavioral modification, punishment, diagnosing and joyless school environments;

Heal your child’s mild, moderate or severe emotional, behavioral and learning challenges at the root causes, resulting in genuine improvements in learning and family closeness;

Includes special chapters and information about the special needs of adoptive children and families.

Instead of Medicating and Punishing is perfect for:

Parents of children of all ages, from pregnancy through late adolescence

Parents of biological or adoptive children, including step-parents and grandparents raising grandchildren

Professionals who work with children

Concerned citizens who wish to learn the childhood origins of society’s most urgent social problems

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