Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent

by Meredith Small | Parenting & Families |
ISBN: 0385483627 Global Overview for this book
Registered by biba89 of Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on 9/4/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by biba89 from Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on Tuesday, September 04, 2007
My sister bought this book for me, because she knows i am interested in this matter. It is about the birth of a new science: ethnopediatrics, or the study of parenting styles in different cultures. It appears that in most human cultures, children are usually brest-fed until at least the age of two; they sleep with their parents and they are kept close to a parent or caretaker during most of the day. This seems to be more in accordance with their biological framework. Cultural values guide what is expected of children and within western culture that is independence. Therefore children are supposed to survive and thrive on their own.
Now my sister and I did not agree with those views and we tended to let our babies sleep with us, we are still breast-feeding them and I try to carry around my toddler, not in a sling close to my body, but at least in a backpack kind of contraption.
It was a great joy to be reading this book with my son firmly attached to a nipple, curled up at my breast and happy and content.

Journal Entry 2 by biba89 at Ulebelt, voormalig MilieuCentrum in Deventer, Overijssel Netherlands on Sunday, September 06, 2009

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