For the Love of Learning – The Importance of the Parent-Child Relationship – Epi#63


Show Title:

For the Love of Learning Episode 63

The Importance of the Parent-Child Relationship

Monday June 27, 2016  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST
Tuesday June 28, 2016 1:00 am – 3:00 am BST


Teresa Graham Brett
Sura Hart
Robin Grille

Special Guest Host:

Miranda Ortiz


The importance of the parent-child relationship in effective unschooling/homeschooling, and in creating a better world.

There is nothing more important in effective unschooling, or any kind of home education, and in creating a better world, than a positive parent-child relationship. In this episode, our panel of experts will weigh in with the hows and whys of living in a partnership paradigm with the children in our lives.

Teresa Graham Brett


Teresa Graham Brett lives her passion for creating social change by combining work in social justice education with parenting. After graduating from law school, she opted to serve the cause of social change as an advocate, educator, and leader at three large public universities across the United States.

When she became a parent she realized that in spite of her personal and professional values, she had accepted, without question, the dominant cultural beliefs that adults have the right to control and coerce children. Using her experience in facilitating transformative learning and intergroup dialogue, she began my own intensive learning journey.

It led her to a deeper understanding that the ways our society treats children sets the foundation for all other forms of injustice.

As a writer and consultant, she works with other parents to do inner work as a foundation for outer action that ultimately liberates individuals, groups and communities. As a university leader, she advocates for creating a university that is committed to full inclusion of all community members in order to create healthy and whole communities based on respect and justice.

You can find Teresa through her website She also serves as editor and writer for Kindred Media and Community,, and she co-founded Alliance for Parenting Education in Africa with Dieudonne Allo,


Sura Hart


Sura Hart is an internationally recognized trainer with the global Center for Nonviolent Communication(SM) and is the contact person for projects integrating Nonviolent Communication into U.S. schools. She designs curricula and facilitates trainings for students, parents, teachers and school administrators around the globe—in North America, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, India, Taiwan, and China.

Sura is co-founder and lead trainer of the annual six-day NVC Educators Institute: Teach for Life!  (  
Sura is co-founder and co-director of Kindle-Hart Communication and The No-Fault Zone®. With Victoria Kindle Hodson, Sura co-wrote three books: The Compassionate Classroom; The No-Fault Classroom; Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids. Sura and Victoria also co-created The No-Fault Zone Game—a visual, hands-on support for social emotional learning, empathy, connecting with oneself and with others, creative problem solving and conflict resolving.
You can learn more about Sura, her books, and The No-Fault Zone Game at The No-Fault Zone website:
Sura offers coaching and consulting by phone and skype.

Robin Grille


Robin Grille is a psychologist in private practice and a parenting educator. His articles on parenting and child development have been widely published and translated in Australia and around the world. Robin’s first book: ‘Parenting for a Peaceful World’ has received international acclaim and led to speaking engagements around Australia, USA, UK, New Zealand and Canada. His second book, ‘Heart to Heart Parenting’ is now translated into Korean and German. Robin’s work is animated by his belief that humanity’s future is largely dependent on the way we collectively relate to our children.

Born in Uruguay, South America, into a multicultural family, Robin is fluent in Spanish and English, and haltingly conversant in French and Romanian. He feels a strong affinity for a broad span of cultures, across the universal human family.

Robin’s experiential, skills-based and informational parenting courses have helped many people to embrace parenting as a transformative, personal growth journey. Drawing from 25 years’ clinical experience and from leading-edge neuropsychological research, Robin’s seminars and courses focus on healthy emotional development for children as well as parents; while building supportive, co-operative parenting communities.

To find out more about Robin Grille’s work, his books, articles and seminars visit: and

Miranda Ortiz


This episode’s special host:

Miranda Ortiz was born in Mexico City and moved with her family to Canada at the age of 8. She graduated from McGill University with an honours degree in International Development Studies which she was able to help form as the area was only being opened at the time. Her work has touched local communities as varied as the Zapotecos from the hills of Oaxaca in Mexico, the Mohawks from Canada and various groups from northern Papua New Guinea.

Currently she resides in an off grid home in southeastern Mexico. Over the last 9 years she has been working to help women achieve natural births. The focus of her Enlightened Birth -Parto Iluminado program is to share information and deep relaxation techniques with families so as to empower them to take independent decisions for themselves and their families. Her own children were born at home and are being educated within the family circle.

As an outgrowth of this, she founded Centro Bek, a centre aimed at bringing tools and support to families and individuals so they too can create their own independent realities. Alternatives in birth, education, health, and living lightly on the earth, are all part of the integrated, consciously created, sustainable future which the centre promotes.




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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