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This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared how they advocate for healthy, gentle parenting choices compassionately. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
The Three R's of Effective and Gentle Advocacy
Humans are social creatures. We rely on socialization to fight boredom, to idle our time away, to learn from one another, to teach one another, to rely on one another. The school of Attachment, or Natural, Parenting is no new school; in fact, it is the oldest school of parenting, which, unfortunately, in recent centuries has seemed to have fallen by the wayside in Western culture. Attempts to revive the parenting theory and reeducate compartmentalized families have been making strides - in 2010, almost two-thirds of male infants were reportedly left intact; the U.S. government has provided provisions in tax code and the current First Lady is on a roll to promote breastfeeding; many hospitals encourage what they call "Kangaroo Care," promoting skin-to-skin contact for infants and both parents, as soon as possible after birth. Advancement towards regression to the natural manner of parenting is moving slowly but surely. Like most other mammals, we evolved as a species that provides milk to their young, that teaches use of tools and reserves of knowledge, and that lives in a nurturing and dependent community (and as a species we are considerably young; despite our recent advancements in the last century or two in relation to science and "civilization," our modern way of life is just a blip on the radar thus far). Our young are born least developmentally mature and require the most care in their first formative years compared to other primates. What better way to care for our young than in a natural way, the way we evolved to raise and be raised?
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P.S. I really love that videos like this exist - I think the colorful and cute designs are enthralling for children and make the music more memorable. I really believe that music is a great learning tool - not just for concrete education, but for abstracts, too, like emotions.
Don't worry about a thing because every little thing is gonna be alright. - Bob Marley
01 April 2011
After being pretty frustrated at the lack of (free) customisation options on WordPress, I decided to move on over to Blogger. It's Google. I love Google. Seriously.
So here we are! All of the posts you've grown to love (hopefully!) have been moved over and republished here, along with most of the comments they received while at WP.
I put up a little poll - see it in the right hand corner? Let me know if you like it better here or if you think I should have just stayed... or if you just DGAF. I'm always open to suggestions to make this a better experience for YOU! The Reader! Leave some comments : )
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