Our society knows where it needs to go, our map has just been compromised. As early as 1997, Newsweek reported in a special section on early brain development that, "Early-childhood experiences exert a dramatic and precise impact, physically determining how the intricate neural circuits of the brain are wired." This revelation—that early shaping of neurobiology happens disproportionately through parenting in the early years—has left experts and parents clamoring for concrete practices to optimize that development. The cognitive stimulation idea to make babies smarter, utilizing bright and noisy “educational toys” and videos, turned out to be a multi-billion-dollar misstep to this end. However, the evolved baselines that unbiased scientific research has revealed for optimal parenting—or Evolved Parenting—offers the real answer. And parents feel in their bones that it’s right.
In founding ENI, we thought, what if this set of empirically supported parenting practices had a media relations arm like the commercial influences do? What if we saw press releases and news headlines that read, “Breastfeeding to six months would save the US $13 billion”? Or, “Longer maternity leave improves the longevity of women’s careers”? (Both are true.) As it’s been said so many times in reaction to countering our ‘fast food culture’, “there’s no lobby for vegetables.” But what if, right along with the profit motives of baby formula manufacturers and misguided political activists, there was promotion for the type of parenting that best develops healthy human beings? That’s the idea behind The Evolved Parenting Initiative. Now there’s a media relations and research resource for truly evidence-based best practices.
EPI Adviser, Lisa Reagan is on a Mother (of a) Quest: for 17 years as an award-winning journalist, activist and nonprofit visionary, Lisa Reagan explores the space between our unsustainable industrial story and the emerging story of what is possible for Cultural Creative families – who are leading the way forward.
Lisa is a co-founder of the nonprofit, Families for Conscious Living and the executive editor of, Kindred. Lisa shares her personal stories of shifting in features, such as Spiritual Composting, in Kindred and other conscious parenting publications. In her presentations at conferences and workshops, she inspires parents to look toward Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey for guidance on transforming themselves as a path to transforming our unsustainable culture. Her Parenting As A Hero’s Journey Virtual Retreats and publication will launch in 2015.
Lisa’s Kindred Fireside Chats and interviews with conscious living leaders, like Deepak Chopra, MD; Paul Ray, PhD; Marilyn Schlitz, PhD; Thom Hartmann; Joseph Chilton Pearce and others, continue to forge the new story of holistic family wellness at a time when the United States ranks last among all developed nations for infant, child and maternal wellness. Watch Kindred’s New Story video series, produced by Lisa and her husband of 27 years, Keith, on Vimeo and You Tube Channels. Lisa is featured in the film documentary, The Love Bomb. Her forthcoming books share her 17 year adventure exploring the conscious living movement.
Her vision of serving Cultural Creative families is currently carried forward through nonprofit collaborations through Kindred’s Pioneering Partners Project, and over 300 international Pathways Connect Gathering Groups sponsored by Pathways to Family Wellness. (Listen to the FCL story.) In 2013, Pathways received three Hermes awards for the issue featuring Lisa’s interview with Jamie Grumet on her experience as Time magazine’s breastfeeding cover mom: The Cover Shot Heard ‘Round The World: An Interview With Conscious Parenting Revolutionary, Jamie Grumet.
An alternative media and nonprofit educational project, "Sharing The New Story Of Childhood, Parenthood And The Human Family"
A 501C3 nonprofit "Believing In The Re-Generation Since 1996"
TTF contains hundreds of video interviews, articles, publications, interviews and research papers on child and human development. Knowing where to look will help you apply this archive to your life and the lives of the children you love.
A nonprofit initiative created to help parents frame their conscious parenting experience in a positive and adventurous "story" based on Joseph Campbell's great monthly wheel and insights into "Answering The Call."
PLA is an evolving, cross-cultural program that provides parents with the science behind child brain development along with insights and tools for reflecting upon cultural norms as a conscious move toward building the emotionally intelligent families and compassionate communities needed for peaceful social change.
BFPP is a grassroots family literacy movement. This project will be implemented by the people, for the people. Volunteer book fairy helpers will collect new and gently used, quality children’s books from donation boxes and book drives and deliver them to participating food pantries and WIC offices to be given out to parents.