About Harriet Heath, Ph.D.
Who IS Harriet Heath?
A person who believes that parents . . .
- Teach values by how they respond to everyday events.
- Are rearing children to survive in a world very different from the
one they grew up in.
An innovator who . . .
- Finds unusual ways to teach parenting. Currently, she is developing a program
for teen moms that incorporates child development information and parenting skills
in the material they use to prepare for the GED exam.
- Created a book which helps parent use their own values to guide their
parenting decisions all day, every day. The book, Using Your Values to Raise Your Child to Be an Adult You Admire, also
explains how developmental stages, learning styles, and temperament patterns
all impact how children learn values.
A Parent Educator who . . .
- Has taught parenting on four continents, bringing material to a wide variety
of parents, from non-readers to Ph.D.'s. Among the places are Peru, Chile, Venezuela,
Russia, India, the Alaskan Bush and inner cities in the United States.
- Provides workshops and training for diverse groups such as the parents at a
children's hospitals, Catholic schools of Chicago, Quakers, social workers providing
services to Eskimos, and the National Council on Family Relations. The most unlikely
classroom she has used was a bar, where pregnant and nursing mothers met when the
scheduled room was locked.
- Integrates values and parenting. She provides workshops for Quaker Monthly and
Yearly Meetings on how to integrate Quaker values into family life. She also trains
people to lead groups and wrote the "Parent's Corner" for the Friends Journal for
A remarkable woman who . . .
- Homesteaded on the coast of Maine starting while pregnant with her first child.
The first year, she and her husband lived in a tent while they built the out house and
cleared the road, stump by stump and rock by rock. Now the place is luxurious with
flush johns and computers.
- Explored the Amazon jungle with her younger daughter and her husband who
were in the Peace Corps. This adventure provided a chance to see how jungle parents
cared for their children. On another trip she welcomed her first grandson, who was
born in a jungle hospital.
- Mother of three, grandmother of eight, and wife to Douglas.