Award-winning author, L.R.Knost

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This site is dedicated, first and foremost, to the relationship between parents and their children. While breastfeeding, babywearing, co-sleeping, homeschooling, and other specific parenting choices are encouraged here, ultimately it is the relationship that is of paramount importance, and all else stems from that. So, while reading through the articles and links presented here for your information and enjoyment, keep in mind that every family and every baby are different, and part of the beauty of parenthood is creating your own unique footprint on the world. So read, enjoy, learn. Talk to family and friends. Consult with medical and lactation and parenting experts. Research and educate yourself. But most of all, get to know your little one and yourself as a parent and make your own informed decisions that fit your beliefs and lifestyle. Enjoy the journey, because these precious moments of childhood will simply be sweet memories before you know it!














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Award-winnning author, L.R.Knost, is the founder and director of the children's rights advocacy and family consulting group, Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources, and Editor-in-Chief of Holistic Parenting Magazine. Books by L.R.Knost include Whispers Through Time: Communication Through the Ages and Stages of Childhood ; Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages ; The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline ; and Jesus, the Gentle Parent: Gentle Christian Parenting the first four books in the Little Hearts Handbook gentle parenting series, and children’s picture books Petey’s Listening Ears and the soon-to-be-released Grumpykins series.

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  1. Hi L.R.! This is Megan from SortaCrunchy.

    As you may know, later this spring, my co-author and I are releasing a new book with Civitas Press called Spirit-Led Parenting: From Fear to Freedom in Baby’s First Year.

    Your ministry at Little Hearts Books has been a HUGE blessing to me through the years. I can always count on you to share like-minded thoughts and inspiring links.

    It would be an honor if you would consider endorsing our book. It tells the story of how both of us struggled so mightily to follow the advice of the mainstream as it pertains to caring for a new baby, and how we found that time and again, we failed miserably and began to sink under the pressures of parenting. Eventually, grace stepped in and allowed us to view parenting not as an exercise in continual failure or in taking sides in Mommy Wars, but as a journey of spiritual growth and redemption.

    If this is a project you feel you can lend your name to, please let me know and I’ll email you our PDF review copy as soon as possible. To give you an idea on timing, we are hoping to have our endorsements collected by early to mid March.

    Thank you so much for your time and your tireless work advocating for grace-based approaches to parenting!


    February 15, 2012 at 11:21 am

    • L.R. Knost

      Emailing you 🙂

      February 15, 2012 at 9:45 pm

  2. Someone posted a quote from you, which we enjoyed and passed on to our Facebook community along with a link to your book series. I wonder if you would send us a review copy as we would like to consider it as a resource for our parents. I was reading some of your posts, which I enjoyed, and wanted to share a page from a book I am reading called Jesus, a novel by Walter Wangerin. It is more a looking into the lives of Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the Disciples in sort of a real life view – they get frustrated, yell, get mad – like real people do. But the page that got to me as an example of a Perfect Parent is this…written from mother Mary’s perspective:
    Oh, my soul: what sort of paradox is this? Exactly when he had set face toward Jerusalem and seemed consumed by his “destiny” there, Yeshua had begun to reveal a tenderness altogether new in him, and heartwarming in his mother — for children. He grew restless when other people, strangers, seekers, challengers, intruded on the privacy of the group—call it the “family”—that surrounded him. But the approach of a curious kid would immediately seize his fond attentions, and he smiled and softened and caused some small mending of his mother’s heart.

    When they had sneaked by night into Capernaurn, one last time to sleep and to eat in Simon Peter’s house, under the kind ministrations his wife and her mother, Jesus asked the disciples what they had been arguing about. lt was bright morning. Most of them were sitting in the courtyard having finished breakfast. They would leave again that evening dark. “Arguing?” said James, John’s brother. “What do you mean?” “I heard voices last night.” They all went silent and hung their heads. They knew what the He meant. In fact, the boys had fallen to fussing over which of them was the greatest.

    Jesus glanced out the doorway of the courtyard. “Leah,’ he whispered “Pretty Leah?” A child no more than four years old, a little bubble-tummy girl with fly-away hair, looked inside and smiled. Jesus sat on the ground and crossed his legs. “Come here,” he whispered, “Here, pretty Leah. Sit by me.” She did. She dashed into the courtyard and threw herself against chest He hugged her. (Mary’s hand flew to her mouth) Then He turned the child around and sat her between the wings of his knees. “This, friends, is greatness,” Jesus announced while Leah stuffed a sleeve into her mouth and sucked happily. “Great in her lowliness. Listen carefully,” he said: “Unless you turn, each one of you, and be like a child, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Those who humble themselves exactly like my Leah, they are the greatest in the kingdom of heaven,”

    The child was looking here and there around the hovering group of adults, all looking back at her with mild astonishment. Jesus had his arms around her. She was unafraid, merely curious. “Kiss me, Leah,” he said. She twisted around and made a smacking sound in the folds of his e, then rubbed her face there as if it were itchy. Jesus snorted. He hiccupped and quickly tuned her back around, ducking to cover his grin. Of course. Ticklish.

    Mary watched her son, a half smile playing at her lips, water in her eyes. Was it ordained that the gentle Yeshi must never be a father? Oh, her beautiful boy!

    So many of the men whom Mary knew considered children as nothing more than property, inferior, lacking rights and status. They were fed and kept for what they might become, not for what they were. They were taught holy codes and duties—and maybe a trade, if they were male-through strict obedience and terrible punishments, whacked like donkeys and drubbed like dogs in the doorway. Do not hold discipline back from a child! If you beat him with a rod, he will not die. If you beat him with a rod, you will save his life from Sheol! Abraham and Sarah rejoiced to bear a Rachel pined for one. Hannah begged for one. Even Mary’s cousin Elizabeth, when she found that she was pregnant, wept, saying, “God has removed the reproach that was upon me!” Nevertheless, in the cities and villages and the courtyards and the houses, parents had absolute authority over their children; thus it had ever been: Whoever curses his father or his mother shall be put to death. And so what? So parents impoverished, and fathers who had been driven into debt, had in the past and did in the present sell their children into slavery, daughters first and then their sons.

    Who, then, would ever choose to exalt a child—a little girl! —as the model of piety before our God? Yeshi. Who would praise inferiority? Who ‚would call the loss of status and a baby “greatest” in the kingdom of heaven? Yeshi. Yeshi would. And did. But then, he had spoken of God as his Father ever since he was a child of twelve years. And he had invited the rest of them to do the same. When you pray, say: “Our Father who art in heaven—”

    “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” Jesus was saying, rocking left and right with the child in his arms. “But if anyone causes the little ones, my children, my baby believers, to sin! Why it would be better for him to have a millstone hung around his neck, and to be thrown into the depths of the sea. Be careful never to despise the little ones who believe in me. I tell you, their angels inhabit heaven, where they gaze forever and ever upon the face of my Father.”

    August 15, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    • L.R. Knost

      Thank you for your interest in Wisdom for Little Hearts and your work in promoting peaceful parenting at The Post Institute. I’d be happy to send a review copy of either Petey’s Listening Ears, which was released last year, or Addie’s Little Big Voice, which is due out in October of this year. Please contact me at with your preference and a mailing address. I look forward to hearing from you! L.R.Knost

      August 16, 2012 at 9:46 pm

  3. Hi there
    I just have to say that finding this site and reading some of your blogs/posts has been like coming home. We are home schooling parents of 6 and for years now I have felt like a square peg in a round hole, one of the only Christians I know that practice peaceful parenting, co-sleep, baby wear and home school etc. I have felt alone and constantly needing to justify why I parent like I do. Constantly I have heard from church leadership and books and the like, about physical punishment, harsh discipline, leaving babies to cry, to control your children and to demand respect. Thank you for providing such a wonderful resource/site where parents like us can come and be encouraged and equipped to parent and raise up the generation peacefully.

    July 14, 2013 at 4:32 am

  4. Janie Poole

    I am looking for the picture of an adult elephant and a child elephant from the back walking away and there is a beautiful saying that starts off: There may come a day that I won’t be able to help you

    July 5, 2014 at 12:17 pm

  5. Judith Smith

    My friend sent one of your quotes on to me and I then Googled you (what did we do before Goggle?).
    I am not a Christian, (having long ago been turned off by those who do not live by His word and desire only to dictate to others) but I do revere the Christ. Now am a student and follower of the Buddha. Still your words ring true, and as an imperfect mother and now grandmother, I was drawn to your ideas and beliefs. I plan to look for your books so I can share your message with my daughters as they raise their children.


    December 24, 2016 at 10:13 am

  6. Love your site (the content). Bless you.

    March 6, 2017 at 12:53 am

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