Welcome to Insights For Parents

Insights For Parents is a unique state-of-the-art website designed to help you build confidence and insight as a parent. It offers accurate current information from the developmental sciences to describe and explain important facts and processes of human development from birth through adulthood and combines these with strategies, guiding principles and practices for supporting development and for parenting with deep understanding. It also encourages you to nurture yourself and become ever more aware that development is a lifelong process.

How the insights you gain here will support you …..

You’ll be more confident as a parent when you understand how your child thinks, feels and acts as he or she grows.

  You’ll learn wonderful, effective ways to guide development and cultivate a loving, respectful  connection between you and your child.

You’ll be a more thoughtful and skillful consumer of programs, advice and products for children and parents when you know about development and the range of individual variation.

You’ll learn ways to support your own well being and development by tending to yourself as both a person and a parent.

Insights For Parents presents a union of contemporary science and a trove of wisdom from many traditions that together help you guide your child with knowledge and wisdom.

Why a prism?  The banner image on this website is a prism revealing the colorful spectrum of light that we otherwise perceive as merely white light. Similarly, when you understand human behavior and development, many complex processes and phases that we do not otherwise perceive are suddenly revealed and visible.



7 little cloth elves sitting on coffee table

Let the magic begin ……


candle, words grateful and related termsFind out how Gratefulness is a source of deep and lasting happiness. Oprah interviews author, scholar and benedictine monk, Brother David Steindl-Rast in this warm and engaging Super Soul Sunday broadcast. The video is offered on the Network for Grateful Living website HERE.

You can also listen to it as a podcast here.



a cute piggy bank with coinsCheck out this new Grateful Practice for Children. You’ll find a fun new practice to help younger kids and school age children become more aware and appreciative of all they have. Appreciative children are more receptive to what the world has to offer; enjoy family, friends and activities more; and have much more life satisfaction. So help your child develop a grateful personality.



painting of woman, different emotionsEMOTIONS.  THEY’RE A BIG PART OF WHO WE ARE AND HOW WE ENGAGE WITH OTHERS.  Learn when your child’s emotions emerge and how you help influence what your child expresses and feels in our new series of articles.

Get a quick overview of what emotions are and why they’re so important here.



happy babyPrimary emotions appear during infancy and are pretty much the same around the world.  Find out which emotions are primary and when infants begin to express these here.




child averting gaze, shameSecondary emotions involve culture, thinking and social experiences.  They require self awareness and self-reflection.  Find out when these emerge and how parents help influence their development here.




Have a teenager?  What if you could help your teen build resilience and learn all kinds of simple skills that calm stress?  Vo, a physician specializing in adolescent medicine, offers powerful pracitices and strategies to help with the challenges teens meet every day:  test anxiety, relationship problems, difficult emotions, trouble sleeping …..  This book really gets it right.  Engaging and easy to read.  Give it to your teen as a gift/ read it yourself.  Find out more about why we’re recommending this book here.


~ Instant Insight ~

It’s astounding that you exist.

Ever wonder what the probability is of YOU being here? It’s something like 1 in 10 2,685,000 Which is pretty close to zero. Or maybe something like 1 in 400 trillion. It’s calculated by estimating the probability of your mother and father meeting in the first place, then their getting together, then the probability of the right sperm meeting the right egg …. And the same is true of course for your child. One in 400 trillion that you would have THIS child. Coming into being is like winning the ultimate jack-pot. Take this in, and treasure both yourself and your child. (12/4/17)




To have full access to everything in the site, please become a member.  You’ll find summaries of new research, news and reviews, links to resources, meditations, personal practices, all of the Guiding Principles, and all of the articles about human development and family well-being. Without a membership, you can only view some of the material.

PLUS we’re launching an interactive component to Insights For Parents.  As a member, you can join in and participate in Forum, comment on Blogs, ask questions and share your own experiences and insights with other parents.  Help us get the ball rolling!

Unlock our full range of resources for just $25/year

(This small fee allows us to operate and grow the site without annoying ads and pop-ups).

To join, please go here.


At the bottom of our home page you’ll find inspiration and support for daily life

Weekly Micro Practices.   Here you’ll find things you can do during the week to support or nurture your child or yourself. There is something new to try each week.  MicroPractices invite you to explore and be curious. Some are activities to share with your child, some are activities just for you, some are strategies for guiding development, some are things you can do to care for yourself.  They all promote well-being.  Click open MicroPractices below and try this week’s practice!

Quotes for the Day are drawn from a huge range of resources and speak to us in some way as parents. They may be thought provoking, encouraging, inspiring or playful.  Each is illustrated with a thought-procoking image.  Click open below to find today’s quote.