NAP Parenting (often referred to as Peaceful Parenting) is a style of parenting that adheres to the Non-Aggression Principle.

The NAP is an ethical stance which asserts that “aggression” is inherently illegitimate or immoral. Aggression is defined as the initiation of force against persons or property, the threat of such, or fraud upon persons or their property.

We aim to make the case for adopting this moral framework, and then focus on discussing its applications within the family.

We invite you to submit comments and criticisms to all of our posts in hopes that we can better each other and the lives of all children through honest conversation.

The case for NAP Parenting (in one page)


Here you’ll find our ‘manifesto’, a good place to start for newcomers. A condensed argument for the NAP and its use in the home.

Recent Posts

What Is The Truth, Anyway?

Some Jehovah’s Witnesses came to my door and opened the conversation with, “What’s the most important gift you can give some one?” “Easy,” I thought. “The truth.” “Interesting,” the young woman said, “we haven’t heard that one before.” I can’t say I was genuinely surprised; ...
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The Passive-Aggressive Cycle or: How to Disapprove Without Bullying

Does your five-year-old run up and punch you in the gut instead of saying “Hello”? Does your daughter insist that she can only eat dinner while watching television? Do the cookies hidden on the top shelf disappear much quicker than you dole them out? We ...
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Talking to Your Child After You Yell. How Yelling Can Hurt, and How to Stop It

Some good tips from experts for anybody who yells at their children. Deep breathing, "I" statements. We find, as usual, the moral argument is the true antidote. It's wrong to yell at your kids, it's harmful to their health, and we don't have the right ...
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How to Get Your Kids to Listen and Engage | Kris Prochaska

You can see how far we have to go, when even the notion of equality with children is so hard to talk about. Ms. Prochaska gets it, although we didn't find much more on the topic on her blog ...
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A great site for learning the art of persuasion and influence. If we're going to have a successful movement, winning hearts and minds is imperative. Here's an excerpt regarding using praise with children: The danger of praise It is very easy to get praise wrong ...
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Father’s rejection may increase child’s social anxiety, loneliness

New research from Penn State. http://news.psu.edu/story/497338/2017/12/13/research/father’s-rejection-may-increase-child’s-social-anxiety-loneliness ...
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Slapping children works, they say!

Our response? Doesn't matter, still unethical. This is the power of the moral argument, folks. It has to be prioritized over the argument for effect. How many studies on spanking do we need to read? None. Do we need to be doctors of child development, ...
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You Can’t Take What’s Already Earned

So many of these tips simply require imagining a role reversal. To put yourself in the child’s shoes, just picture whoever is an authority/provider to you. For most of us, this is our boss. They tell us what to do, we do it, and then ...
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We are a small group of writers, educators, and parents who are dedicated to living and spreading the NAP in homes around the world.

This issue effects people of all races, genders, and socio-economic statuses. We’ve all been children, and everyone’s childhood greatly influences their adulthood. Imagine a generation raised without being yelled at, stolen from, and hit by the people they love and depend on. Fortunately, this is a movement that we can all affect today, because it starts at home and among the families we’re already connected to.

We need your help. Please join us in the current frontier of the age-old fight for basic human rights for all people. We’re fighting for the group that can not fight for themselves, and whose lives we have the most control over. Join the conversation! We need your best arguments (for and against), and most passionate public efforts to create the groundswell of popular opinion that ends the acceptance of aggression toward children for good.



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