Author Scott Noelle Articles

What Is “Unconditionality”?

Unconditional love is widely considered to be one of the most valuable gifts that parents can give their children. Ironically, many parents set out to love their children unconditionally and then feel bad about themselves when they fall...

Parenting Paradoxy

Today my 3-year-old accidentally created a kind of Zen koan, and she discovered the joy of paradoxy in the process. Her new game goes like this:

Where's My Center

A closer look at child-centered parenting and the Continuum Concept. We were clueless. That, in a nutshell, describes how much my wife and I knew about parenthood when we started on this path....

Also labeled: Issue #49, Parenting

The Wild Child

Domesticated animals confined to farms, zoos, and similar unnatural habitats lack a certain “spark” found in their wild counterparts. They’ve been bred or trained to live apart from their nature. They’ve adjusted to their lack of freedom...

Also labeled: Issue #11, Parenting

The 5-Minute Solution

The scene: I was working diligently at the computer in my home office when my 2.5-year-old daughter, Willow, approached my desk and grabbed a pile of 4x6-inch photos that I had carelessly left within her reach. These pictures of our older daughter...

Also labeled: Issue #10, Parenting