The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart by Jan Hunt

By Jan Hunt

The common baby makes a compelling case for a go back to attachment parenting, a child-rearing technique that has come clearly for folks all through so much of human background. during this insightful consultant, parenting professional Jan Hunt hyperlinks jointly attachment parenting rules with baby advocacy and homeschooling philosophies, supplying a constant method of elevating a loving, trusting, and assured baby. The ordinary baby dispels the myths of "tough love," construction baby's self-reliance by way of ignoring its cries, and the need of spanking to implement self-discipline. as an alternative, the ebook explains the worth of prolonged breast-feeding, kinfolk co-sleeping, and minimum child-parent separation.

Homeschooling, like attachment parenting, nurtures emotions of self worth, self belief, and belief. the writer attracts on revered leaders of the homeschool stream comparable to John Taylor Gatto and John Holt, guiding the reader via homeschool ways that aid attachment parenting principles.

Being an best friend to youngsters is spontaneous for worrying adults, yet intervening on behalf of a kid may be awkward and surrounded via social taboo. The usual baby exhibits the way to get up for a child's rights successfully and sensitively in lots of tricky situations.

The function of worrying adults, issues out Hunt, isn't to offer teenagers "lessons in life"–but to hire a edition of The Golden Rule, and deal with childrens as we want to were taken care of in childhhood.

Jan Hunt is the Director of The ordinary baby undertaking, Coordinator of the Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to childrens in British Columbia, and at the Board of administrators for Attachment Parenting overseas. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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Two things. First, our society assumes that children and adults operate on two separate and distinct codes of behavior. As adults, we know that we behave at our best when we are treated with kindness, patience, and understanding. Yet we presume that children behave best when they are threatened, punished, and humiliated. If we try to pinpoint the 23 24 THE NATURAL CHILD: Parenting from the Heart age at which the mysterious transformation from “children’s principles of behavior” to “adult principles of behavior” occurs, we are at a loss, because there is no such transformation.

Parents wondering whether to respond to crying might think about their own responses in similar situations. They may consider it appropriate to ignore a child’s cries, yet feel intensely angry if their partner ignores attempts to have a conversation. Many in our society seem to believe that a person must be a certain age before she has the right to be heard. Yet what age would that be? Infants and children are not any less human just because they are small and helpless. If anything, the more helpless people are, the more they deserve our compassion, attention, and assistance.

They have forgotten the hundreds or thousands of moments of frustration that have been filling this container over the years. The psychological principle that “frustration leads to aggression” is never more clearly demonstrated than in the final rebellion of a teenager. Parents need to understand how frustrating it can be for a child to feel “invisible” when his crying is ignored, or 35 36 THE NATURAL CHILD: Parenting from the Heart to feel helpless and discouraged when his attempts to express his needs and feelings are misunderstood, ignored or punished.

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