Q. How, when and where did the Natural Child Project first get up and running and what/who is the
My son Jason (then 19) and I joined the Internet community in the fall of 1996, while we were living on
Vancouver Island, BC, Canada; we currently live on Salt Spring Island, BC. In December of that year, we
started a very small web site with three of my newspaper columns and a little information about my background.
In January 1997, Alice Miller kindly agreed to add some of her articles to the web site. Dr. Miller and I
had corresponded since 1990, when she added my article "Ten Reasons not to Hit
Your Kids" as an appendix to her book Breaking Down the Wall of Silence.
After adding the "Alice Miller Library", we gradually added articles
by other leading writers in the field, as well as more of my own articles, and my "Parenting
In the summer of 1997, we realized that the web site was all about children, but that we had nothing for
them or by them, so Jason started the Global Children's Art Gallery.
The gallery has become extremely popular internationally, and has been featured on CNN Headline News, Canada
AM TV, the "Yahoo Daily Pick", and elsewhere. We currently have over 1,000 wonderful pictures by
children age 1 to 12 from many countries around the world.
Our motivating force is our conviction that the early years of childhood are critical. We have posted this
mission statement on our home page:
Our vision is a world in which all children are treated with dignity, respect, understanding, and
compassion. In such a world, every child can grow into adulthood with a generous capacity for love and
While we have been inspired by many authors and thinkers in the field of attachment parenting, the La Leche League has been the primary inspiration for
Q. What type of information can one expect to find at The Natural Child Project web site?
The site covers information and advice on all aspects of "attachment parenting" (raising children
with respect and trust), unschooling (trusting the child to set the "curriculum"), and child
advocacy (including documents from children's advocacy organizations around the world). In the Table of
Contents, articles are listed by author as well as by topic. There is also a search engine for finding
specific subjects. We also have the chapter "Common Objections to
Homeschooling" from John Holt's book Teach Your Own.
We recently added a new section, "Attachment Parenting Research", to
report on current scientific studies that confirm the long-term benefits of extended breastfeeding, family
co-sleeping, responsiveness to crying, and other aspects of attachment parenting.
Q. What are the main objectives of the project?
Our objective is to help parents understand the critical importance of the earliest years of childhood, and
to provide the kinds of information and encouraging support they need to treat their children with
unconditional love and respect.
Q. Tell us the general response from those who come in contact with your web site.
We have been overwhelmed with the enthusiastic response from the public. The site currently receives over 300,000 page access per month [current figure], and has been
given over 200 awards. But what we have most appreciated are the many hundreds of profoundly moving letters from parents, telling us how helpful our site has been for them.
Here are two such letters:
"This phenomenal web site contains, for me, the most treasured and valued sharing of ideas and
information that I have received on child raising ever." - K.L.
"Your respect for children and their feelings really came through and was just what I needed to
hear after a difficult week." - L.C.
It is impossible to put into words how motivating and inspiring such exceptional feedback has been for our