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What is Natural Learning Relationships™?

  • Natural – the essential qualities or inherent capacities which we are born with
  • Learning – movement through life to gain knowledge, appreciation or mastery
  • Relationships – mutual respect in which inspiration and wisdom emerge

Thus Natural Learning Relationships describes our essential qualities or inherent capacities (natural) which move us through life to gain knowledge, appreciation or mastery (learning) nurtured by mutual respect in which inspiration and wisdom emerge (relationships).

Natural Learning Relationships (NLR) is an innovative theory of human development with wide-reaching applications in parenting, education, and counseling. At its core, NLR maps the development of the innate capacities in children and offers guidelines to creating relationships that lead to optimal well-being for both the child and the caregiver(s).

Using the holistic approach of NLR, the parents, teachers, and administrators can work together to nurture the physical, social, emotional, spiritual and intellectual development of your child. Each individual child brings unique gifts and contributions.

NLR helps parents understand how to be in relationship with their children in a way that serves them both. As a comprehensive, thoroughly researched approach to child development, Natural Learning Relationships is a practical yet transformative vision that promotes greater depth and meaning in family relationships.