"The knowledgeable assistance I received from Jan through
our phone counseling will be forever helpful. I am so glad I could
use her expertise again in the future if needed. Thanks,
Jan!" - Homeschooling Mom, NY
Jan, thank you for your advice regarding my son. You helped to
remind me that his behavior really and truly reflects his needs.
More importantly, you reminded me that attachment parenting does
not mean ignoring your own needs, and that carving out time for
myself is vitally important and not something I need feel guilty
about. Thank you for your time and for your informative web-site.
I have been so blessed to have received so
much information from your site. I don't know if you remember me,
but I was the mom who was a teacher and asked if you thought I was
a bad mom because my son was at a home daycare. You were very
non-judgmental and understanding and I appreciate it. My son is
now 14 months old and we are doing well at home. I will not be
returning to teaching, I plan to stay home full-time with him and
my husband is overjoyed that I will be home to see him during
lunch and to be home with our busy little boy. I love every
article that you write and I really appreciate this site that you
all have put together. Thank you again for all that you do!
Love, C. W.
We spoke some time ago about my 5-year-old
who was "diagnosed" with Selective Mutism. You suggested
a different approach on how to stick up for her when people
commented on her not speaking "We're working on it!"
That amongst other ideas you gave us, we gently guided her,
supported her and one day...
(I will never forget this day) July 31, 2003 she thanked the bank
teller for a lollypop!
Slowly she opened up more and more. We
gently praised her progress, and she blossomed! She now leads the
life of an active homeschooled 6-year-old. She has quickly made
new friends and talks like it was never an issue!
While I'm sure there will be other
challenges to face, I'm pleased to see that she has moved past
this one. Thank you again for your guidance.
The session, coupled with this incredible array of resources,
has us feeling much more optimistic. Thank you so much!
I have participated in Jan Hunt's
teleclasses and have called her for individual counseling in a
time of family crisis. I am a mother of a 4-year-old and a
licensed counselor myself, and I am writing to communicate just
how much help Jan has given me.
Jan is one of the most well-informed people
in the world of attachment parenting that I have had the privilege
of encountering. Each and every time I have talked with her
- whether in a teleclass or a counseling session - I am busy
taking notes and come away with renewed inspiration. Besides this,
there is usually a follow-up note or two on my computer, directing
me to different points of reference that came up as we conversed,
but which she did not then have at her fingertips.
I recommend her so very highly. She
will inspire and inform on this journey of attachment parenting as
few could. I hope she can serve as a north star to many,
many others who want to parent respectfully and are not sure what
that means in a given situation.
A special thanks to Jan with parenting
advice for my son. Jan really helped with her suggestions on how
to handle a typical two year old. Life is better in the Groh house
and our son is under control. Also with a diet change we have
noticed a more independent child. Jan's rates were very reasonable
and the best part was I could counsel with an expert right in my
own home. Our son has stopped hitting and throwing fits, he
listens and reacts accordingly.
Using words to make a child realize the
outcome in a nature that they will understand was the best advice
I ever did receive. Thanks, Jan, our life is truly wonderful.
Jan, thank you for your advice regarding my
son. You helped to remind me that his behavior really and truly
reflects his needs. More importantly, you reminded me that
attachment parenting does not mean ignoring your own needs, and
that carving out time for myself is vitally important and not
something I need feel guilty about. Thank you for your time and
for your informative website.
I so much enjoyed and learned from our
conversation. This is a gross oversimplification. I have thought
of nothing but the various avenues that we touched upon. I was
shocked to read your follow-up about eye contact because I had
intuitively increased my eye contact with my daughter dramatically
since our conversation. I have been making a more conscious effort
to give her more freedom and acceptance. I have read your article
about alternatives to punishment which I found fascinating. At
some point I would love to discuss this issue with you. Thank you
so very much for your wisdom.
I don't know if you remember but I contacted
you exactly a year ago regarding my son's reluctance to attend
birthday parties for his friends. Your advice was wonderful and
I've referred to it from time to time over the last year.
Well, I just had to tell you that you were
right on the money! This year, when those same invitations
arrived, he hesitated. We told him that the decision to attend or
not was his and his alone. He chose to go to each party and
thoroughly enjoyed himself each time. Since he is unschooled, he
did not even know most of the other kids at one of the parties,
but went and had a blast. I think that this has been such an
empowering experience for him and one of his greatest fears has
been put to sleep.
Thank you for all your words of wisdom and
insight. You are such a wonderful resource for families. I tell
everyone about your site.
Thanks for being there.
Thank you, Jan, for your wonderful service.
I feel much better now after having spoken with you about my
daughter (8) and our soon-to-be new arrival in 3 weeks!
I realize that things take time to change
and I've got to be a lot more flexible with not only Catie - but
with myself as well.
Thanks again for all of your help!
Peace and All Things Good!
San Clemente, CA
What a wonderful service you offer with your
counseling! With your warm, friendly voice you both support the
parent and advocate for the child.
You are wonderful and I am so glad I found
you and your website! Thank you for making time for me and my
concerns in your busy day. I am reassured, and will treasure Anna
as she is, allow her time to become the person she was meant to
Thank you, thank you, thank you again for
being there, for believing in children and for enlightening me and
helping me think about things from a different angle.
I've received advice from Jan three times,
and each time came away feeling re-energized in my commitment to
the natural, attachment parenting philosophy.
Thanks for offering such a valuable service
and for helping to make the world a better place, one person at a
It was a pleasure talking with Jan today and
getting the support and added encouragement to homeschool my
11-year-old son. We are all very excited about the prospect! I
will continue to keep in touch with the Natural Child Project and
let everyone know how we're progressing.