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The Natural Child : Parenting from the Heart :  Parenting from the Heart - Jan Hunt

The Natural Child : Parenting from the Heart

Parenting from the Heart

By: Jan Hunt, Peggy O'Mara (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: December 2001
ISBN: 9780865714403
Number Of Pages: 192

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"The Natural Child is the instruction manual that should have come with your child.
Derek Markham, ecoBrain"

"The Natural Child" makes a compelling case for a return to attachment parenting, a child-rearing approach that has come naturally for parents throughout most of human history. In this insightful guide, parenting specialist Jan Hunt links together attachment parenting principles with child advocacy and homeschooling philosophies, offering a consistent approach to raising a loving, trusting, and confident child. "The Natural Child" dispels the myths of "tough love," building baby's self-reliance by ignoring its cries, and the necessity of spanking to enforce discipline. Instead, the book explains the value of extended breast-feeding, family co-sleeping, and minimal child-parent separation.

Homeschooling, like attachment parenting, nurtures feelings of self-worth, confidence, and trust. The author draws on respected leaders of the homeschool movement such as John Taylor Gatto and John Holt, guiding the reader through homeschool approaches that support attachment parenting principles.

Being an ally to children is spontaneous for caring adults, but intervening on behalf of a child can be awkward and surrounded by social taboo. "The Natural Child" shows how to stand up for a child's rights effectively and sensitively in many difficult situations.

The role of caring adults, points out Hunt, is not to give children "lessons in life"-but to employ a variation of The Golden Rule, and treat children as we would like to have been treated in childhhood.

Jan Hunt is the Director of The Natural Child Project, Coordinator of the Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in British Columbia, and on the Board of Directors for Attachment Parenting International. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Forewordp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. 1
Introductionp. 3
Parenting With Empathy and Trustp. 5
"Getting It" About Childrenp. 7
The Importance of Empathic Parentingp. 10
Nature or Nurture?p. 14
Tough Lovep. 17
Confessions of a Proud Momp. 21
Memories of a Loving Fatherp. 25
Living with a Babyp. 29
A Baby Cries: How Should Parents Respond?p. 31
Ten Reasons to Respond to a Crying Childp. 34
Siblings Arrive All at Oncep. 38
Lonely Cagesp. 41
Ten Ways to Grow a Happy Childp. 48
Living with Childrenp. 51
Ten Ways We Misunderstand Childrenp. 53
Ten Tips for Shopping With Childrenp. 56
When a Child has a Tantrump. 59
The Hidden Messages We Give Our Childrenp. 64
Ten Tips for Finding a Medical Professional for Your Childp. 69
Natural Grandparentingp. 74
Guiding Childrenp. 77
The Parenting Golden Rulep. 79
The "Magic Words" Must be Spoken from the Heartp. 81
The Trouble with Rewardsp. 84
Praising our Children: Manipulation or Celebration?p. 89
It Shouldn't Hurt to be a Childp. 91
"I Was Spanked and I'm Fine!"p. 99
The Dangers of Holding Therapyp. 102
Ten Alternatives to Punishmentp. 106
Helping Children Learnp. 111
Nurturing Children's Natural Love of Learningp. 113
When does Guidance become Manipulation?p. 119
School Grades: Helpful or Harmful?p. 122
Should Homeschoolers be Tested?p. 126
"Learning Disability:" A Rose by Another Namep. 133
Is "I Love Lucy" Educational?p. 140
Advocating for Childrenp. 145
Is There Room for Children in our Society?p. 147
Intervening on Behalf of a Child in a Public Placep. 150
Intervention can Save Livesp. 155
Age Discrimination Harms Young and Old Alikep. 157
The Kids' Project: Breaking the Cycle of Abusep. 161
Conclusionp. 165
Endnotesp. 167
About the Authorp. 174
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ISBN: 9780865714403
ISBN-10: 0865714401
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: December 2001
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.27

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