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 condensed argument for the NAP and its use in the home. A good place to start for newcomers.
"You want to be comfortable, so you scramble for ground, and often that is blaming someone else, attacking someone else... and in the attempt to get some ground under their feet, people steal, people lie, people kill, and people even torture. [Not] because they want ...Read More
We love finding commonality with government agencies, perhaps we are truly entering a golden age! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention files this under parenting "essentials": Identify the family rules Explain the rules Follow the rules Use consequences for not following the rules The ...Read More
Recall that it was just Dec 2018 that the American Academy of Pediatrics finally recommended that parents stop spanking altogether. Which do you suppose will change next: our culture; or our laws? How many more years until we can confidently call "spanking" by its real ...Read More
Your energy can be devoted far more productively to collaborating with your child on solutions to the problems that are causing challenging episodes than in sticking with strategies that may actually have made things worse and haven’t led to durable improvement… You and your child ...Read More
Using force or fraud to take life is murder. To take liberty is slavery. And to take property is theft... Using government force to impose a vision on others is intellectual sloth and typically results in unintended, perverse consequences. - Ken Schoolland, President of Liberty ...Read More
A response: " A huge first step in a movement to promote the civil rights of children is to show people the evidence that children are happier, learn more, safer, and better off... " says Dr. Gray. I have the utmost respect for Dr. Gray ...Read More
What's this? A law that protects individual rights to life and liberty? How quaint! SC lawmakers consider "Free Range Parenting bill" SC lawmakers consider "Free Range Parenting bill" Mount Pleasant, SC (WCBD) - In South Carolina, Lawmakers are looking at a âFree Range Parenting Billâ. The ...Read More
The 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) reminds us that children are full human beings in their own right That's right. In 1989 the UN felt the need to "remind" people that children are humans. Nineteen eighty nine. The rights ...Read More
This thoroughly-researched article comes from Peter W. Adler, the Legal Advisor for Attorneys for the Rights of the Child and appears in the Richmond Journal of Law and the Public Interest | Vol 16 | No. 3 We look to such groups for guidance in building a ...Read More
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.