The nerd in me (okay, that IS me) pretty much fell in love with Peter Gray when I found his articles on Psychology Today a few years back.
He’s an evolutionary developmental psychologist and research professor of psychology at Boston College with an interest in alternative approaches to education with an emphasis on autonomous play. (Human nature + asking good questions + alternative anything + autonomy + play? You can see my fascination.)
And then my heart really went all pitter-patter when he replied to my invitation to join the Organic Parenting e-course with “How could I refuse!” ♥
I’d like to introduce him in two different ways:
- By sharing snips from our interview, which comes as part of the e-course, and
- By sharing some of my favorite articles of his so you can get to know his message.
Let’s start with my favorite articles:
- How To Advise and Help Your Kid Without Driving Them (or yourself) Crazy: This is more than just a list of ideas. This is data, knowledge, deeper understanding of our child’s biological needs and how we can meet them.
- Video Game Addiction: Does It Occur? If So, Why? I love this man. Logic, reason…without all the fear-mongering. Please read this one for a balanced, non-hyperbole, and educated perspective.
- Minimally Invasive Education: Lessons from India: This was one of the first articles I ever read of his, one of the one’s I found most fascinating, yet at the same time just makes total sense.
- Kids Learn Math Easily When They Control Their Own Learning: Ah, math. One of those phobic topics we all fear and fear our children will fear. I greatly appreciated this insight from Peter.
- Why Young Children Protest Bedtime: A Story of Evolutionary Mismatch: Another one of his older posts that I appreciated. It’s one thing to one something intuitively, it’s another to see the “evidence”….it’s quite another to see the evidence confirming what your intuition told you!
And without further ado, some scenes from our interview in the Organic Parenting e-course:
Have you joined the Organic Parenting e-course?
Mindful. Gentle. Empathetic. Patient. Respectful. Conscious. Centered. Playful. Connected. Cooperative. Wonderful. Authentic. Responsive. Energetic. Deep. Warm. Interest-Led. Autonomous. Engaged. Enjoyable. Challenging (the good kind). Grounded. Friendly. Spiritual. Trusting. Thoughtful. Compassionate. Flowing. Confident. Silly. Shining. Supportive. Supported.
Are these the words that resonate parenting for you?
Do you want them to be?