For the Love of Learning – Paleo Parenting & Educating – Epi#27

For the Love of Learning Episode 27

Show Title:

Paleo Parenting and Educating

Monday August 3, 2015  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST
Tuesday August 4, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am BST

Special Guests:

Laurie A. Couture + Brycen
Marie Goodwin + Eli Dietrich
Lainie Liberti + Miro Siegel


Most have heard of the paleolithic diet, also known as the paleo or caveman diet. It stems from a philosophy of eating a food based on the food our ancient ancestors might likely have eaten, such as meat, nuts and berries, and excludes foods like dairy.

Many believe it is a more natural approach to nurturing our bodies. During this episode we will look at how we nurture our children, taking the same philosophy to heart.

Bios of Tonight’s Guests:

Laurie A. Couture + Brycen


Laurie A. Couture is the renowned author of Instead of Medicating and Punishing: Healing the Causes of Our Children’s Acting-Out Behavior by Parenting and Educating the Way Nature Intended. As an Attachment Parenting and Unschooling coach, she specializes in the emotional and behavioral health of children and adolescents, helping youth rediscover their passion for learning and helping families heal through the wisdom of nature’s intent. In 2012, Laurie was a guest on the Anderson daytime show, hosted by Anderson Cooper. She is also featured in the documentary films, Class Dismissed (2014) and The War On Kids (2009).

Laurie has spoken at conferences across the country. She writes a blog, hosts a YouTube channel and has been a contributor to several magazines and other media, including Paleo Magazine, Your, Home Education, The Attached Family,, Life Learning and Juno. She has been a recipient of several achievement awards for her writing and artwork over the years, including Future Horizons’ Temple Grandin Award in 2014 and the NH Manchester Union Leader’s Forty Under 40 honors in 2010. In 2009, Laurie’s book was selected as a finalist in the ForeWord Magazine Book-of-the-Year Awards.

Laurie has a background as a licensed mental health counselor and child trauma specialist. She has also previously worked in the social services and education fields and has mentored two disadvantaged teens. She has specialty in the areas of children’s emotional, behavioral and learning challenges as well as the Autism spectrum, child abuse and trauma, PTSD, children’s rights, human rights issues affecting boys and adoptive parenting. Laurie has earned international renown for her passionate, cutting-edge writing and advocacy on behalf of youth and families. Laurie is the proud Mom to her remarkable 21 year old son, Brycen, who unschooled through graduation. Brycen started his first business at the age of 12 and is a performing musician and songwriter, artisan, rock climbing instructor and public speaker.

Laurie’s extensive research across the fields of psychology, human attachment, child development, the neurobiology of trauma, education, learning theory, natural science, cultural anthropology, holistic health and human spiritual and moral development have given her a unique perspective of the underlying roots of children’s distress. Serving children and families from culturally and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds in multiple roles has allowed her to cultivate a compassionate, holistic understanding of the needs of children and families.

Marie Goodwin + Eli Dietrich

marie&eliI am an archaeologist by training, but found myself much more interested in the modern stories of our culture than any ancient ones being thought up by academics. In addition to stories, I’m interested in life-learning, activism and transition. I am on the board of my local homeschooling resource center, Talking Stick. I am, also, on a great team of community builders that is Transition Town Media, and with their support founded the Media FreeStore and Timebank Media. I am also passionate about issues relating to local food, herbal medicine, and local economic resilience.

For my day-job, I work in the gift with author/philosopher Charles Eisenstein.


Eli Dietrich is a thirteen year old unschooler, with interests as diverse as acting, mycelia, Dungeons & Dragons, and Greek mythology. He and his sister Sadie have never been to school. This year will mark an exciting year for Eli, as he will take his first big trip overseas to Bhutan, Thailand, and Cambodia with his grandparents.

Lainie Liberti + Miro Siegel


Finally, Miro and Lainie will participate in this conversation.

Miro and his mom have been unschooling and traveling for seven years,  since Miro was ten years old. They call their form of education worldschooling and live their lives within a partnership paradigm. Miro is passionate about poetry, fiction and just discovered a new love for sculpture.

Together, Miro and Lainie founded a series of worldschooling retreats for teens and young adults called Project World School.



Lainie Liberti

As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teenage son at: You can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.

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