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The Aware Parenting Institute

Aware Parenting is a philosophy of child rearing that has the potential to change the world. Based on current research in child development, Aware Parenting questions most traditional assumptions about raising children, and proposes a new approach that can significantly improve relationships within a family. Parents who follow this approach raise children who are cooperative, compassionate, competent, nonviolent, and drug free.

Please see our FAQ page for a brief explanation of Aware Parenting.

Founded in 1990, the Aware Parenting Institute is an international organization with certified instructors in 20 countries who are helping to spread this philosophy around the world. These instructors work independently and are not employees or subcontractors of the Aware Parenting Institute.

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Aware Parenting is based on the work of Aletha Solter, Ph.D., a Swiss American developmental psychologist, international speaker, consultant, and author of five books (The Aware Baby, Helping Young Children Flourish, Tears and Tantrums, Raising Drug-Free Kids, and Attachment Play). Dr. Solter studied with Dr. Jean Piaget in Switzerland before earning her Ph.D. in psychology at the University of California. She is recognized internationally as an expert on attachment, trauma, non-punitive discipline, and developmentally appropriate education. Her books have been translated into 13 languages, and The Aware Baby has sold over 150,000 copies worldwide. Dr. Solter has led workshops for parents and professionals in 17 countries. She also offers consultations for parents.

The Aware Parenting Institute has no political or religious affiliation.

Introduction to Aware Parenting by Aletha Solter


TV interview with Aletha Solter


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Aware Parenting Books by Aletha Solter, Ph.D.

The Aware Baby Helping Young Children Flourish Tears and Tantrums Raising Drug Free Kids Attachment play

The Aware Baby
(revised edition)

Helping Young Children Flourish

Tears and Tantrums

Raising Drug-Free Kids

Attachment Play

Ordering information for these books (English language editions)

Foreign language editions


Upcoming workshops:

Aletha Solter's next presentations will be in Santa Barbara, California. Click here for more information.

Recent highlights and updates:

August 2017: For a limited time, we are offering 50% discount on bulk orders of 20 books or more, shipped to U.S. addresses. Please see our ordering information page.

July 2017: A Romanian edition of The Aware Baby has just been published. See our page for Romania for more information.

May 2017: A Turkish edition of Attachment Play is now in print. See our page for Turkey for more information.

May 2017: Aletha has returned from her trip to Chile where she did some presentations. Please see our page for Chile for more information.

April 2017: A Czech edition of Tears and Tantrums is now in print. See our page for the Czech Republic for more information.

March 2017: We have several new Aware Parenting instructors in Australia. Click here to see a complete list of all the instructors.

January 2017: A Romanian edition of Attachment Play has just been published. See our page for Romania for more information.

January 2017: We have new Aware Parenting instructors in The Netherlands and Spain. Click here to see a complete list of all the instructors.

December 2016: We have two new Aware Parenting instructors in Australia. Click here to see a complete list of all the instructors.

November 2016: We have a new Aware Parenting instructor in Romania. Click here to see a complete list of all the instructors.

November 2016: We have posted another new article called "Coping with teens and screens"

October 2016: We have posted a new article called "Do children really need praise?"

September 2016: We have a new Level 2 Aware Parenting instructor in Germany: Anke Eyrich. Click here to see a complete list of all the instructors.

August 2016: We now have over 5000 followers from 45 countries on our Facebook page. The top 10 countries are: US, Australia, Romania, UK, Canada, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, New Zealana, and Sweden.


This web site was last updated August 11, 2017. It was first created on September 18, 1996. Copyright © 1996-2017 by the Aware Parenting Institute. All rights reserved. No part of this web site may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical (including copying to other web sites, and including translations), without written permission from the Aware Parenting Institute, with the exception of printing pages for personal use. This copyright applies to all the pages and articles from the Aware Parenting Institute web site.

Warning/Disclaimer: The information on this website (including all the web pages owned by the Aware Parenting Institute) is not intended to be used as a substitute for medical information, advice, or treatment. When children display emotional, behavioral, or medical problems of any kind, parents are strongly advised to seek competent medical advice and treatment. Some of the suggestions on these web pages may be inappropriate for children suffering from certain emotional, behavioral, or physical problems. Aletha Solter, The Aware Parenting Institute, and Shining Star Press shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any damage caused, or alleged to be caused, directly or indirectly by the information contained on this website or provided by the Aware Parenting instructors. The links to other websites are for informational purposes only, and do not entail endorsement by Aletha Solter or the Aware Parenting Institute.