Surviving your childhood as an adult

Ira Israel is the author of the book How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re An Adult: A Path to Authenticity and Awakening. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist and professional clinical counselor. Ira graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and holds advanced degrees in psychology, philosophy, and religious studies. His DVD series, including A Beginners Guide to Happiness and Mindfulness for Depression, along with his sold-out Esalen workshops, have given him a wide following.

Fear: The Enemy of Education

Ba Luvmour is one of the developers — along with his wife, Dr. Josette Luvmour — of “Natural Learning Relationships.” This is a whole-child understanding of childhood development that supports optimal well-being in children. Ba is a renowned specialist in child development, family relationships, and education. He has led hundreds of seminars and appeared at national and international conferences to share his vision on how children organize their world and how we can create relationships that bring forth optimal well being. Co-founder of Summa Institute and author of Optimal Parenting: Using Natural Learning Rhythms to Nurture the Whole Child, he has a Master Degree in psychology of education from UC Sonoma State. His Master’s thesis was on spiritual philosophy and education with an emphasis on practitioners (such as Montessori, etc.)

The Philosophy of Childing

Mounting evidence shows that we begin our lives with a moral, intellectual, and creative bang, but childhood isn’t merely a state of “becoming.” Maybe if we can find a way to embrace the defining qualities of youth, we can grow into and through an adulthood defined by wonder, curiosity, imagination, playfulness, and compassion. Christopher Phillips is the author of the new book, The Philosophy of Childing: Unlocking Creativity, Curiosity, and Reason through the Wisdom of Our Youngest. His writing and activism inspired the Socrates Café and Democracy Café gatherings—meet-ups in which people of all ages exchange ideas and philosophies while embracing the Socratic Method—and today there are more than six hundred ongoing gatherings around the world.

Guidance for women struggling with abuse

Maryalice Coleman is author of the book, Shatter Shame and SHINE, Transformational guidance for women silently struggling with their childhood abuse, and trauma issues and those who think they are not. An inner life coach, mentor, and workshop leader, her passion, compassion, and effectiveness in supporting women around the world to heal their lives and fulfill their dreams, springs from her own profound recovery from the pain of childhood abuse and the effects of living by default.

Natural Learning Relationships

Our guests this week on Pathways are Josette and Ba Luvmour, developers of Natural Learning Relationships — a whole-child understanding of childhood development that supports optimal well-being in children. Josette serves as Director of Family and Professional Development at Summa Institute, a nonprofit organization that provides Natural Learning Relationships™ programs to students, families, and professionals. Ba Luvmour is the director of Summa Academy.

In Seach of Fatherhood

Kevin Renner is author of the new book, In Search of Fatherhood: Stories from women around the world. A former journalist, Kevin holds an undergraduate degree in social sciences with honors from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.  He speaks widely, publishes a monthly column in The Oregonian newspaper, and blogs at Kevin-renner.com.

How to Negotiate with Kids

Scott Brown, author of How to Negotiate with Kids, is a founding member of the acclaimed Harvard Negotiation Project, and brings his negotiating skills to the parenting arena. A parent of four himself, he realized that parents can apply the same negotiating skills used at work to their home life. Brown first explains the difference in negotiating styles, which can be summarized as “hard bargaining” and “accommodating.” Put simply, the former want to lay down the rules while the latter may be too willing to give in to their children’s demands. The key to using negotiation tactics successfully as a parent is to “balance coercion with persuasion.”

Ready, Set, Grow

Lynda Madaras discusses her book, Ready, Set, Grow — A What’s Happening to My Body Book for Younger Girls. Lynda is the author of eleven books on health, childcare, and parenting. She is recognized worldwide for her unique non-threatening style, excellent organization, and thorough coverage of the experience of adolescence. She lives in California.