Special event

Michaeleen Doucleff: Hunt, Gather, Parent

Michaeleen Doucleff, the author of the award-winning book Hunt, Gather, Parent, will show you what you can learn from ancient cultures about raising happy and helpful children. She is interviewed by Nina Pierson, author of Mama’en.

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What can ancient cultures teach us about parenting?

During this event, you will find out:

  • What you can learn from old cultures about raising children.   
  • How to teach your child to be independent and helpful.  
  • How to avoid power struggles with your child.   
  • How to build a relationship with your child based on cooperation and trust.

How do you raise a happy and helpful child? How do you deal with tantrums? And how do you find time for your relationships and yourself?   

American science journalist Michaeleen Doucleff was looking for answers to her parenting questions, but could not find them in Western parenting books. She decided to travel to three of the world’s oldest cultures together with her three year-old daughter. He went to the Maya, the Inuit and the Hadza. She discovered that the problems she herself experienced in raising her daughter did not exist here. She saw parents who trusted their children, never snapped and were not constantly trying to entertain them. She saw children who did chores without being asked to, didn’t engage in power struggles with their parents and went through life independently, confident and content. The relationship between parents and children was based on cooperation and trust, rather than on control and fear.  

In her celebrated book Hunt, Gather, Parent she shows what these parents do differently. Or rather: what we in WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich, and Democratic)countries have come to do differently from what has worked well for centuries. The book and its practical strategies have opened the eyes of many parents. The way we have been taught to deal with children is not ‘normal’. You don’t have to fight with your child. It can be done differently!   

During this online event at The School of Life, Doucleff will share her key insights and tips, and answer the (parenting) questions the online audience is facing. 

Practical information

Date: 8th of May
Early Bird access: € 19,-
Regular access: € 25,-
Duration: 1,5 hours
Time: 20.15 – 21.45 CEST
Location: Online via Zoom
Option of rewatching: The day after the programme, you will receive a link with which you can rewatch the programme for two weeks.
Language: English

Live interactive viewing

The interview can be followed through Zoom on your laptop, your TV screen, tablet or smartphone, from the comfort of your own home, at a friends’ house or wherever else you like. Via the chat and the Q&A you can ask in-depth questions live. The interview can be re-watched for up to two weeks after the broadcast via a special link. 

Michaeleen Doucleff

Michaeleen Doucleff is the author of the international bestseller Hunt, Gather, Parent. While she was working as a


For whom?

This interview is for all parents and educators who sometimes find the relationship with their child(ren) difficult or exhausting. It is for parents who sometimes do not know how best to deal with their children’s emotions, for grandparents who feel that children do not listen well or for pedagogical staff who find that they occasionally lose their temper. In addition, it is for anyone who wants to learn more about how children are raised in other cultures out of general interest.

The event is intended both for people who have not yet read the book Hunting, Gathering, Parent and for people who already know the book and want to know more about it or ask Doucleff in-depth questions.