Jan Hunt, B.A. Psychology (Magna cum Laude), M.Sc.
Counseling Psychology, is the Director of the Natural Child
Project, an attachment parenting/unschooling counselor, and a
member of the Board of Directors of the CSPCC (Canadian Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children). She is also a member
of the advisory boards of Holistic Moms Network, Child-Friendly
Initiative, and Attachment Parenting International.
Jan is the author of The Natural Child:
Parenting From the Heart and the bilingual children's
picture book A Gift for Baby,
and co-edited The Unschooling Unmanual
with her always-unschooled son, Jason. Many of her articles are
available online at naturalchild.org.
Jan envisions "a world in which all children are treated
with dignity, respect, understanding, and compassion." She
lives in British Columbia, and is available for counseling
- Published works
A Gift for Baby (The Natural Child Project, 2009)
The Unschooling Unmanual (The Natural Child Project,
The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart (New
Society, December 2001)
"Ten Reasons Not to Hit Your Kids", Appendix D in
Alice Miller's Breaking Down the Wall of Silence, (New
York: Dutton, 1991).
Newspaper column: The Natural Child: Parenting and
Education that Respects Children, 1989-1998.
"Nurturing Children's Natural Love of Learning",
Foreword to Homeschooling in Oregon, Ann Lahrson,
Portland: Out of the Box Publishing, 1994.
"Ten Reasons to Respond to a Crying Child", Empathic
Parenting, Journal of the CSPCC, Summer 1996, pp. 7-8.
"I consider Jan Hunt's writing
as exceptionally clear, based on facts, and coming out of her own
experience. Parents rarely find in the press the essential, precious
information her work could give them. I very much hope that her
strong voice will become more and more known in the world through
her lucid, well-informed writing." -
Dr. Alice Miller, author of Breaking Down the Wall of Silence
and Thou Shalt Not Be Aware
"Jan Hunt is a most diligent,
energetic, and well-informed person with regard to children's
issues. She is one of the few people who understands and can write
about the real needs of children as opposed to the rationalized
needs of parents in relation to their children. Moreover, she can do
this in an engaging fashion that does not put parents off. For the
sake of children everywhere, I hope that her Internet columns are
widely read and taken to heart." -
Dr. Elliott Barker, Director, Canadian Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Children
"Jan's writing is insightful,
carefully thought out, wonderfully readable, and very useful. I wish
for her writing to have as large an audience as possible. Adults all
over the world need to hear the ideas she expresses so well."
- Rick Lahrson, Executive Director, The Kids' Project