About Nurtured Heart Approach®

In this 20-minute video, Howard Glasser, creator of the Nurtured Heart Approach, and expert parents and professionals introduces you to the benefits of the approach and the success it’s having in homes, schools, and child-advocacy agencies around the world.

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What Is the Nurtured Heart Approach®?

The Nurtured Heart Approach® is a relationship-focused methodology founded strategically in The 3 Stands™ for helping children (and adults) build their Inner Wealth® and use their intensity in successful ways. It has become a powerful way of awakening the inherent greatness in all children while facilitating parenting and classroom success. The essence of the Approach is a set of core methodologies originally developed for working with the most difficult children.  It has a proven impact on every child, including those who are challenged behaviorally, socially and academically. The Nurtured Heart Approach has also been shown to create transformative changes in children diagnosed with ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder and other behavioral, emotional and anxiety related symptoms – almost always without the need for long-term mental health treatment. Even children experiencing social cognitive challenges, like Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger Syndrome greatly benefit from the Approach, reducing the need for traditional mental health and medical interventions.

The Approach is simple and accessible. Using resources like our books, online courses, and certification training, we hope to show you how utterly easy it is to not only improve your situation with an challenging or difficult child, but to transform the child through the awareness that their intensity is actually the source of their greatness.

The Nurtured Heart Approach for Guiding Intense Behavior

Children get so much MORE – more relationship, more intense relationship – when things are going wrong. This is the foundational error in traditional ways of parenting and school discipline. The Nurtured Heart Approach will bring you to understand how your best efforts may actually fuel the fire of challenging behavior – and how to make simple shifts that will change everything.

Core Methodologies: The 3 Stands
    • Stand One: Absolutely No!
      I refuse to energize negative behavior.
    • Stand Two: Absolutely Yes!
      I will relentlessly energize the positive.
    • Stand Three: Absolute Clarity!
      I will maintain total clarity about rules that demonstrate fair & consistent boundaries.
Benefits of Nurtured Heart Approach®
  • Understand the unique dynamics of the challenging child
  • Shift a child toward using his/her intensity in successful ways
  • Create a deeper sense of success & inner wealth for the child
  • Build a family/school culture of authentic connection & trust
  • Improve performance – from test scores to chores
  • End the punitive cycle that reinforces negative behavior
  • Live the “Energy” of joy and success as your new reality

Traditional approaches often fall short of promoting the inner strength essential for children to build successful relationships. This method has helped thousands of families, educators, and child advocates channel a child’s intensity in beautifully creative and constructive ways. Parents and teachers quickly succeed in helping children achieve wonderful new levels of competency in an enduring way.

Who is The Nurtured Heart Approach for?

This approach was birthed by the need for transforming the most intense children by channeling their energies in inspiring ways. Now, the approach is a world-acclaimed set of strategies – The 3 Stands – for helping all children flourish. Parents, educators, and therapists can use this approach to cultivate successful behavior in every child.

The Nurtured Heart Approach® is available worldwide in the form of books, online courses, training workshops, and seminars offered by certified NHA® specialists. Sign up for our free e-course to learn the first steps to propelling your child to greatness.

Are you interested in how NHA supports Common Core Learning Initiatives? Download the PDF below:
Open the Door to Common Core

"We had been firm, consistent parents, just like ours had been. And we turned out okay (or so we thought:)). Well, surprise, different kids need different approaches. We’ve read a lot of books recommended by people. This seems to combine the best of all of them, and once we committed to the program, it was amazing to see the transformation in our child and in ourselves as parents. Our daughter finally seems able to discuss her behavior without exploding and without feeling like she is a bad person. We didn't realize how we were feeding her behavior with traditional methods of discipline, and we had an out-of-control and, more importantly, very unhappy child and household. The more we cranked down on the our prior discipline, the more out of control she became, and the more helpless we felt. I'm amazed at this method and feel like we can use this for years." ~ David, Parent
“I've applied the Nurtured Heart Approach® to my classes for three years and the children are greatly improved in every way imaginable. The only way you would recognize the challenging kids is by looking for the best and the brightest.” ~ Teacher

Awakening Children to Their Greatness through the Nurtured Heart Approach