Laurie A. Couture is an Attachment Parenting and unschooling coach, public speaker and the author of Instead of Medicating and Punishing: Healing the Causes of Our Children’s Acting-Out Behavior by Parenting and Educating the Way Nature Intended. In 2012, Laurie was a guest on the Anderson daytime show, hosted by Anderson Cooper. She was also featured as an expert in the documentary film, The War On Kids (2009).
In 2010, Laurie was a recipient of the NH Manchester Union Leader’s Forty Under 40 honors. In 2009, her book was selected as a finalist in the ForeWord Magazine Book-of-the-Year Awards. Laurie has spoken at conferences across the country, inlcuding at the Life Rocks! Radical Unschooling Conference in New Hampshire and the ReThinking Everything Conference in Texas. She writes a blog, hosts a YouTube channel and a podcast and has been a contributor to several magazines and other media, including Home Education, The Attached Family, Mothering.com, Life Learning and Juno.
Laurie has a background as a child trauma specialist and mental health counselor. She has also mentored two disadvantaged teens and has previously worked in the social services and education fields. Laurie has earned international renown for her passionate, cutting-edge writing and advocacy on behalf of youth and families. Laurie is the proud unschooling Mom to her remarkable 19 year old son, Brycen, who is a performing vocalist, songwriter and chainmaille artisan.