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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 titles of her books are The Aware Baby, Cooperative and Connected (a revised edition of 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 Cooperative and Connected Tears and Tantrums Raising Drug Free Kids Attachment play

The Aware Baby
(revised edition)

Cooperative and Connected
(revised edition of Helping Young Children Flourish)

Tears and Tantrums

Raising Drug-Free Kids

Attachment Play

Foreign language editions


Upcoming workshops:

Aletha Solter's next presentations will be in California, Israel, and Iowa. Click here for more information.

Recent highlights and updates:

October 2019: A new Turkish edition of Tears and Tantrums has just been published. See our page for Turkey for more information.

September 2019: There is a new Aware Parenting instructor in Germany. Click here to see a complete list of all the instructors.

June 2019: There is a new Aware Parenting instructor in Australia. Click here to see a complete list of all the instructors.

April 2019: There are new Aware Parenting instructors in Romania and Germany. Click here to see a complete list of all the instructors.

March 2019: A new Spanish edition of Cooperative and Connected has just been published. See our page for Spain for more information.

February 2019: A new French edition of The Aware Baby has just been published. See our page for France for more information.

January 2019: There is a new Aware Parenting instructor in Belgium. Click here to see a complete list of all the instructors.

December 2018: There is a new Aware Parenting instructor in Sweden. Click here to see a complete list of all the instructors.

November 2018: There are new Level 2 instrutors in The Netherlands, Romania, and the United Kingdom. Click here to see a complete list of all the instructors. The Level 2 instructors have a red star next to their name.

October 2018: Aletha has returned to California after leading workshops in London.


This web page was last updated on October 14, 2019. It was first created on September 18, 1996. Copyright © 1996-2019 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.