Michaeleen Doucleff, Ph.D.: Hunt, Gather, Parent: Raising Happy, Healthy, Little Humans (A FAN Program)

We are so happy to support Family Action Network (FAN) as they welcome Michaeleen Doucleff, Ph.D. author of the new book, Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans. Dr. Doucleff will be interviewed by Heidi Stevens, the “Balancing Act” columnist for the Chicago Tribune. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click Here to reserve your spot!

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Hunt Gather, Parent from The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Dr. Doucleff and Ms. Stevens that will start immediately after the webinar. The link to register for the AFTER-HOURS program will appear in red font at the top of an email from The Book Stall. Look for it right after your receipt arrives!

About the Book: Parenting is a deeply personal journey, one that award-winning NPR producer and science reporter Michaeleen Doucleff, Ph.D. thought she wasn’t getting quite right. Mornings with her toddler Rosy were chaotic; evenings were stressful and often filled with tears. But while on assignment as a reporter in the Yucatan, she witnessed something too good to be true: a young child helping around the house unprompted and un-applauded. Could this really be? A cooperative and confident kid helping around the house?

Dr. Doucleff’s 2019 NPR story on how Inuit parents control anger was a viral hit; with over three million page views it struck a chord with harried parents in the United States. It also inspired Dr. Doucleff to keep learning from hunter-gatherer communities, eventually bringing her back to the Yucatan to study cooperation between Maya moms and their kids; to the Inuit above the Arctic Circle; and to Tanzania, where Hadzabe children ranging from newborns to preteens live autonomously among other adult community members, feeling accomplished and confident in their contributions to their family.

What Dr. Doucleff witnessed was a form of parenting likely practiced all over the world for well over 250,000 years. Coined "TEAM parenting" by Dr. Doucleff, it includes four tenets that are still the norm in hunter-gatherer families across all livable continents: Togetherness; Encouragement; Autonomy; and Minimal Interference. Her brand-new book, the New York Times bestseller Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans, offers more than just tools for raising happier children -- it gives support and space for the overworked parent of today.

About the Author: Michaeleen Doucleff, Ph.D. is the author of the New York Times bestseller Hunt, Gather, Parent. Dr. Doucleff is also a global health correspondent for NPR’s Science Desk, where she repeats for the radio and Web about disease outbreaks and children’s health. In 2015, Dr. Doucleff was part of the team that earned a George Foster Peabody award for its coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. As a science journalist, she has reported on a broad range of topics, from vaccination fears and the microbiome to beer biophysics and dog psychology. Before coming to NPR in 2012, Dr. Doucleff was an editor at the journal Cell, where she wrote about the science behind pop culture. She has a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Berkeley, California, a master’s degree in viticulture and enology from the University of California, Davis, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Caltech.

About the Interviewer: Heidi Stevens writes a daily column for the Chicago Tribune, where she has worked since 1998. Her nationally syndicated columns reach more than a million print and online readers each day, appearing in newspapers across the country. She’s a frequent guest on local and national TV and radio stations, where she’s called upon to discuss current events, pop culture and issues around gender, race and relationships. She also records a weekly podcast with family therapist John Duffy, Psy.D. (FAN '20) called “On Purpose: The Heidi Stevens and Dr. John Duffy Podcast.” Ms. Stevens was awarded the Anne Keegan Award for Distinguished Journalism in 2018 by the Chicago Headline Club, the nation’s largest chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.


Event date: 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom webinar!
Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982149673
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - March 2nd, 2021


The oldest cultures in the world have mastered the art of raising happy, well-adjusted children. What can we learn from them?

Hunt, Gather, Parent is full of smart ideas that I immediately wanted to force on my own kids.” —Pamela Druckerman, The New York Times Book Review

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