The Aware Baby

A new approach to parenting

About the Course:

The growth of developmental psychology has alerted parents to the importance of the first few years of life. As we evolve toward a child centered approach to raising children we see that all babies have strong feelings that need to be acknowledged and expressed and that they need us to be their counselors as well. This course provides a practical and workable approach for helping babies to overcome feelings of grief, fear, anger, pain or confusion. Ideas are drawn from Attachment Theory, Primal Therapy and Parent Effectiveness Training to name a few.

Publication Date:

Revised edition (May 2001)


Dr. Aletha J. Solter, Ph.D.

About the Author:

Dr. Aletha Solter is a developmental psychologist who studied with Dr. Jean Piaget in Switzerland before earning her Ph.D. at the University of California. She has been working with parents since 1978, and has given workshops in English and French in six different countries. She is the author of several articles and three books on Aware Parenting.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about the physical and emotional care of infants and their ability to bond with their caregivers. It is appropriate for participants with all levels of knowledge about the topic.

Course Objectives:

  1. To understand the significance of babies needs, how they communicate their needs and how to interpret their signals correctly.

  2. To appreciate the effects of various parenting techniques from Authoritarian to Permissive and how these approaches unfold in such areas as crying, feeding, sleeping, toilet teaching, play, conflict and attachment.

  3. To provide parents with practical and beneficial information and guidance on the emotion and physical needs of newborns and babies.

  4. To provide parents with practical and beneficial information and guidance on the ways in which their past unresolved issues and unexpressed hurts impacts their ability to tolerate their babies needs and emotions today.

  5. To address babies’ needs in regards to how they can become emotionally hurt; how they can overcome their hurts by crying; and what the consequences might be if they do are not encouraged or supported in crying enough.

  6. To educate parents about a rational approach to discipline where every conflict is handled individually, respectfully with a new, fresh solution appropriate to everybody’s needs of the moment without the use of force, coercion, punishment or rewards and bribes.

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