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.

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 the loving 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 also learn ways to support your own well being 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.

The banner image on this website is a prism revealing the colorful spectrum of light that we otherwise perceive as merely white light. Similarly, knowledge of human development reveals many complex processes and phases that we do not otherwise perceive.



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.



Quick Insight:  father daughter happyRewards are generally better than punishments. It’s because of human nature.  Find out more here





New Blog:  boy, sad, aloneCo-suffering seems to come instinctually to parents.  But it doesn’t really help to take on another’s suffering.  We help our children most when we separate their troubles from ours. Read and comment here.




Coming in October:  lots about emotions.  We’ll be posting articles about infant emotions, how teen’s understand emotions, emotional regulation, emotional intelligence, and more.



Why do you think more clearly after meditating?

Before meditation, your mind may be chaotic. During meditation, your mind calms down and the chatter quiets, at least somewhat.  After meditation, when you return to your thinking mind, your thoughts are less anxious.  You can often consider things from a different perspective or in a more calm open way. To ease into this calmer way of thinking any time during the day just stop what your doing and pay attend to your breath for a minute or so.   (9/28/17)


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!

Membership is just $25 for a full 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.