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
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 and in the
Mothering.com "Ask the Experts" section.
Jan envisions "a world in which all children are
treated with dignity, respect, understanding, and
compassion." She lives in central Oregon, and is
available for telephone counseling
- Published works
A Gift for Baby (The
Natural Child Project, 2009)
The Unschooling Unmanual
(The Natural Child Project, 2008)
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