Aware Parenting

Aware Parenting (AwP) applies tools to help you, your baby, your children, family and friends release emotions and communicate in a healthy way (rather than repression or aggression), so that you can all feel more relaxed, cooperative, connected to your natural state of love, and have better sleep.

AwP taught me that a baby cries if they have a need, like hunger or nappy change, but also to release big emotions. I didn’t know that a baby could cry as a way to communicate their feelings, such as “I’ve had a big day, let me tell you about it”… and then for a baby to have a crying spell with loving adult listening helps them to release tension through tears or tantrums & is physiologically nourishing and healing. If these emotions are held in, the result can be disrupted sleep, not being able to sit in a relaxed way and avoiding eye contact.

Aware Parenting is not only helpful with babies, but also with toddlers and teens to be more relaxed and cooperative; it breaks down some of the challenging toddler behaviour into deciphering what’s going on with these little humans. When children act in challenging ways, like hitting or biting, they’re actually having pent-up emotions and asking for help to release them. They want to be loving and cooperative. This is their true nature and desire. Through crying, laughter, connection or healing play, babies, children (and parents) express emotions and come back to a state of balance.

Understanding, compassion and ease are such an integral part of Aware Parenting. Also, it helps us as parents on our healing journey.

“Is he always this calm?” People often ask me about baby Eliasz. “Yes!” is my
answer. And “YES, we get great sleep!

About 4 years ago, when my daughter was 6 months old, I learned about Aware
Parenting, and it completely changed the way that I parent, understand my past hurts and the way that I raise my child. I learned that crying helps babies and children release
tension and stress, so if it is not a need (like hunger or nappy change, for
example), tears and laughter and connection can be totally freeing for them.
Actually, stress-releasing hormones are emitted through tears, and how have you felt after a chance to express your challenges in your day or to have a good cry?

When we are there to listen to our child’s crying (never leave a child to cry alone), they will feel calmer (& more cooperative) and have better sleep, which is a bonus for us adults, too.

A child’s natural inclination is to be helpful & calm and to be pure love. They “act
out in challenging behaviour” when they need help releasing tension. I notice that when my daughter is acting “difficult,” (she is 4yrs old) and then I help her to have a good cry, a tantrum, a laugh or a close connecting time with me, she is transformed into a super relaxed and happy child who wants to help me and be gentle. TO help her release, I sometimes hold her and set a loving limit. For example, “I’m not willing for you to be rough with your little brother.” Sometimes as I hold her, a stream of emotions comes out through crying. Other times, she’s wanting close connection and laughter. So, I follow her lead and play closely together with her or I lead her in a game that allows her to feel powerful, such as pushing me over on the swing, for example. That always gets out a good laugh when I fall to the ground by her strong legs.

I am now training to be a certified Aware Parenting (AwP) instructor. I’m super passionate about helping other mums find more ease and joy in parenting, and of course I want to help these little people feel understood, as when their the most needing a parents’ love is often when a parent may punish or reward. AwP is helps tp develop a sense of intrinsic helpful behaviour without punishment and reward. I often offer workshops and Mum’s Circles to teach the many facets and techniques of Aware Parenting at our yurt in Modanville .

I would also like to add that since learning about Aware Parenting my life and emotional health has been transformed. I can process my emotions so much better, express them in a healthier way, understanding my needs quicker and improve my relationship with my own mother. Aware Parenting is so simple, yet so complex and will leave you so happy, if it resonates at all with you.


Find more joy, ease, compassion, understanding and healing.


Give yourself a chance to relax and heal while learning techniques for building healthy communication and release for your kids, use loving limits rather than punishment & reward… and more from the Aware Parenting (AwP) perspective (based on Aletha Solter’s The Aware Baby & Marion Rose PhD’s work.)

Hi, I’m Laura, a passionate mother of two gorgeous children (ages 4 and 1 year), a yoga instructor, facilitator and mediator. I learned first-hand how to get better sleep for my kids (& myself!) and how challenging behavior is caused by painful feelings… & how creating a space for my kids to cry or laugh or connect allows them to return to their true nature of cooperation & love. It has been a game- changer in this sacred parenting journey!

Laura 0415 533 311