New Story Glossary

As an educational nonprofit and alternative media platform, Kindred’s mission is to Share the New Story of Childhood, Parenthood and the Human Family. This means attuning our efforts to stories and concepts as they emerge, as our new story needs new language! This New Story Glossary will help us navigate and author/become the authority of a narrative that serves our highest good, as interdependent and evolving individuals, families, communities, and nations.

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  • ACES Study
    The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study) is a research study conducted by the American health maintenance organization Kaiser Permanente and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.[1] Participants were recruited to the study between 1995 and 1997 and have been in long-term(...)
  • Adultism
    Oppression of children. From Teresa Graham Brett's article Adultism: The Hidden Toxin Poisoning Our Relationships With Children What is adultism? My favorite explanation of adultism comes from an article written by Dr. Barry Checkoway at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I had(...)
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
    The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study) is a research study conducted by the American health maintenance organization Kaiser Permanente and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.[1] Participants were recruited to the study between 1995 and 1997 and have been in long-term(...)
  • Anthropocene
    The Anthropocene defines Earth's most recent geologic time period as being human-influenced, or anthropogenic, based on overwhelming global evidence that atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric and other earth system processes are now altered by humans. The word combines the root(...)
  • Attachment Parenting
    Rooted in attachment theory, Attachment Parenting has been studied extensively for over 60 years by psychology and child development researchers, and more recently, by researchers studying the brain. These studies revealed that infants are born "hardwired" with strong needs to be nurtured and(...)
  • Bio-Cultural Conflict
    The Bio-Cultural Conflict is the core issue addressed and redressed by scientists, researchers, public policy makers, professionals, practitioners and parent activists of the Conscious Parenting Movement over the past forty years. The Bio-Cultural Conflict was defined by the grandfather of the(...)
  • Biological Imperatives
    “The billions of years that lay at the core of our biological existence have created patterns, biological needs, expectations. The momentum of these patterns establish pre-existing forces that guide and shape human development. Our biology anticipates and “expects” that its needs (imperatives)(...)
  • Biology of Transcendence
    The Biology Of Transcendence: A Blueprint Of The Human Spirit. Authored by Joseph Chilton Pearce, the grandfather of the Conscious Parenting Movement, in 2004. Why do we seem stuck in a culture of violence and injustice? How is it that we can recognize the transcendent ideal(...)
  • Birth Psychology
    Birth Psychology is prenatal and perinatal psychology.  It is the study of the baby's experience starting preconception through the first year of life. Pre and perinatal psychology and somatic health is the study of influences on the baby's experience from preconception through the first year(...)
  • Birth Trauma
    From the Birth Trauma Association: When we talk of birth trauma, we mean Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that occurs after childbirth. We also include those women who may not meet the clinical criteria for PTSD but who have some of the symptoms of the disorder. PTSD is the term for(...)
  • Blue Marble Photo caption: Read about the photo above, the first and original shot of the Earth, called the Blue Marble, here. About The Film Earthrise the film tells the story of the first image captured of the Earth from space in 1968, the image of the earthrise (as(...)
  • Bonding
    The word bonding has always been misleading. The real challenge is penetrating through the false perception that we are separate entities-objects that need to be artificially glued together. What we call bonding is a state in which this false perception of separation is dissolved, for a moment(...)
  • Childism
    Editor's Note: Childism has been defined, according to the individual researcher, as either a negative or positive term. Kindred uses the word "childism" as defined by the The Childism Institute at Rutgers University. As CI's director, John Wall, shares with Kindred, while the book Childism(...)
  • Communal imagination
    Communal imagination refers to when a person has empathy and relational connection in the present moment but also uses their capacities to think about actions and possibilities that, in its broadest sense, respect the entire living community (humans and other-than-humans) currently and in the(...)
  • Communitas
    From the post by Darcia Narvaez, PhD: Collective Joy Through Joint Social Flow Communitas is a difficult experience to describe, even when one is in the middle of experiencing it. It is “the sense felt by a plurality of people without boundaries” (E. Turner, 2017, p. 1). It arises(...)
  • Continuum Concept
    From the website, The Continuum Concept According to Jean Liedloff, the continuum concept is the idea that in order to achieve optimal physical, mental and emotional development, human beings — especially babies — require the kind of experience to which our species adapted during the long(...)
  • Cultural Creatives
      Thanks to the book, Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World, by Paul H. Ray Ph.D., Sherry Ruth Anderson in 2000, four short years after FCL began, we understand that FCL families are Cultural Creatives – and that we are not alone. We just feel invisible in our(...)
  • Cultural Humility
                        From WIkipedia Cultural humility is the “ability to maintain an interpersonal stance that is other-oriented (or open to the other) in relation to aspects of cultural identity that are most important to the [person].[1]” Cultural(...)
  • Cultural Imperatives
    “The same logic applies to the fields of ideas, customs, myths and traditions we call culture. One can think of culture as a body of forces, similar to our biological nature, but one that is not confined, bounded by a biological cell wall. The survival of culture is dependent on its needs(...)
  • Cultural Transformation Theory
    Cultural transformation theory (CTT) was introduced to a general readership in Riane Eisler’s The Chalice and the Blade (1987). It has since been the framework for many other works, including The Chalice and the Blade in Chinese History (1995) written by scholars at the Chinese Academy of(...)
  • Cycle of Competitive Detachment
    The Cycle of Competitive Detachment refers to the slippage in baselines for what we think is normal or appropriate in terms of child raising (minimized support), child behavior (dysregulation), adult behavior (self-centered) and adult wellbeing (ill health) and the degraded culture that(...)
  • Cycle of Cooperative Companionship
    The Cycle of Cooperative Companionship refers to how our species on average lived for 99% of its history and outside of industrialization: with supportive, nested child raising that led to well-functioning, cooperative children who grew up to be healthy and wise adults, resulting in a culture(...)
  • Dominator Culture
    Dominator culture refers to a model of society where fear and force maintain rigid understandings of power and superiority within a hierarchical structure.[1] Futurist and writer Riane Eisler first popularized this term in her book The Chalice and the Blade (Harper Collins San Francisco,(...)
  • Earthrise
    About The Film Earthrise the film tells the story of the first image captured of the Earth from space in 1968. Told solely by the Apollo 8 astronauts, the film recounts their experiences and memories and explores the beauty, awe, and grandeur of the Earth against the blackness of space.(...)
  • Evolved Nest
    From the award-winning work of Darcia Narvaez, PhD: Visit The Evolved Nest to find extensive resources for parents, parents-to-be, teachers, practitioners and professionals! Every animal has a nest for its young that(...)
  • Gift Economy
    Statement on the Gift Economy 2010 COMMUNITY VOICE: The Maternal Gift EconomyAn Alternative Economic ModelGenevieve VaughanOur current economic system is based on exchange, most frequently the exchange of money for goods or services. Author and researcher Genevieve Vaughan says that this(...)
  • Indigenous Worldview
    Kindred's Worldview Poster by Four Arrows Kindred World was founded on the values and beliefs of stewarding and protecting all life as interconnected, interdependent, and therefore, Kindred. Over the past quarter century, we have focused on creating sustainable, peace-loving humans(...)
  • Kincentric Worldview
    Indigenous people view both themselves and nature as part of an extended ecological family that shares ancestry and origins. It is an awareness that life in any environment is viable only when humans view the life surrounding them as kin. The kin, or relatives, include all the natural(...)
  • Kindred Activism
    What is Kindred Activism? Kindred Activism is a concept that is being explored and refined by the participants in the Kindred Fellowship Program, an initiative of Kindred World and a sister initiative of Kindred Media. The KFP pilot project launched in 2021 to wide acclaim and celebration(...)
  • Midwives Model Of Care
    The Midwives Model of Care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes. The Midwives Model of Care includes: Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle Providing the mother with individualized(...)
  • Model Imperative
    Joseph Chilton Pearce shares the model imperative in the essay below (from Touch the Future's Joseph Chilton Pearce Library and Academy): If we understood the true nature that the capacity to imagin represents we would treat every child, our approach to education and society profoundly(...)
  • Noetic Sciences
    From the Institute of Noetic Sciences, IONS: no•et•ic: From the Greek noēsis / noētikos, meaning inner wisdom, direct knowing, or subjective understanding. sci•ence: Systems of acquiring knowledge that use observation, experimentation, and replication to describe and explain natural(...)
  • Nonduality
    From the Science and Nonduality website: Nonduality is the philosophical, spiritual, and scientific understanding of non-separation and fundamental intrinsic oneness. For thousand of years, through deep inner inquiry, philosophers and sages have come to the realization that there is only(...)
  • Primal Parenting
    What is Primal Parenting? By Darcia Narvaez, PhD Intuitive parenting represents parenting practices that evolved more than 30 million years ago with the social mammals which became more intense through human evolution. They match up with the maturational schedule of the baby whose(...)
  • Spiritual Midwifery
    The original Spiritual Midwifery, by Ina May Gaskin, published in 1976, introduced an entire generation of young women to the possibility of home birth and breast feeding. It also breathed new life into the all-but-vanished field of midwifery. This classic book on home birth is now in its(...)
  • Spontaneous Evolution
    We've all heard stories of people who experienced seemingly miraculous recoveries from illness, but can the same thing happen for our world? According to pioneering biologist Bruce H. Lipton, it’s not only possible, it’s already happening. We are surrounded by the proof that we are poised to(...)
  • Undercare
    Undercare refers to missing or degraded evolved nest components in a child’s life that consequently undermine human health, capacities and potential. Psychologically, undercare shapes the individual to be more self-centered. Instead of growing a healthy neurobiology and prosocial capacities,(...)
  • Wellness-informed
    Wellness-informed practice entails understanding humanity’s basic needs and what brings about human thriving based on interdisciplinary scholarship, with an emphasis on the development and support of heart-mindedness and earth-centered-living knowhow. This phrase has been created by Darcia(...)
  • Worldview
    Worldview literacy has been at the core of Kindred's work from our beginning. In 2020, we were honored to work with Four Arrows to create the worldview poster on the right. You can download the poster as a PDF or as a JPEG. Read more about decolonizing and indigenizing ourselves - a worldview(...)