Peaceful Parenting

At its core, peaceful parenting believes that all human babies/children are deserving of the following:

  • Respected gestation and birth as much as is possible
  • Secure attachment development between baby and primary caregiver
  • Human milk from birth to a natural weaning age whenever possible
  • Genital autonomy
  • Gentle, responsive care during day and night time hours
  • Cues acknowledged and needs responded to
  • Gentle, developmentally-appropriate discipline
  • Aware parenting from a responsive care-giver

In addition, peaceful parenting supports child-led developmental steps in a variety of life situations (breastfeeding, starting of solids, potty learning, separation from mom, sharing, weaning, etc.) With this in mind, there are some things that are the exact antithesis of peaceful parenting:

  • Advocating for the forced genital cutting of minors (girls or boys of any non-consenting age). Advocating for or joking about rape, sexual assault, abuse or neglect of any kind.
  • Ridiculing or belittling a normal duration of breastfeeding and/or nursing in public.
  • Advocating for 'cry-it-out', sleep training, or night time neglect.
  • Advocating for hitting, slapping, hair-pulling, poking, twisting, etc., of children's body parts as a form of punishment.
  • Advocating for lying to, belittling, mocking, threatening, or condescending children as a form of punishment.
  • Ridiculing or belittling the importance of birth for mothers and babies; and women's varied experiences of their births. (Example: a planned, gentle, home waterbirth turned hospital transfer/c-section may be seen as necessary and positive for one woman, and be felt as tragically awful by another - both are legitimate, real and valued experiences). Birth matters, for babies, and for mothers. 

PPN Chapters are local groups (city or area based) that adhere to these core values at their heart and meet in-person. Leaders, members and groups will vary greatly on many aspects, but are united in their underlying principles of gentle parenting in the future.

For further reading on peaceful parenting and to consider whether or not your local group is a good fit for the Peaceful Parenting Network, see:


What Is Peaceful Parenting?

Peaceful Parenting: Following Your Instincts

Where Are All the Happy Babies?

Why African Babies Don't Cry

The Science of Attachment: Biological Roots of Love


Why Love Matters

The Continuum Concept

The Baby Bond

The Biology of Love

The Science of Parenting

The Vital Touch

Natural Family Living

Our Babies, Ourselves

Additional Peaceful Parenting Book Collection

We welcome your suggestions. If there is an article or book you feel should be included in this list, please drop a note with the URL to