"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.
|Parenting With Empathy and Trust||p. 5|
|"Getting It" About Children||p. 7|
|The Importance of Empathic Parenting||p. 10|
|Nature or Nurture?||p. 14|
|Tough Love||p. 17|
|Confessions of a Proud Mom||p. 21|
|Memories of a Loving Father||p. 25|
|Living with a Baby||p. 29|
|A Baby Cries: How Should Parents Respond?||p. 31|
|Ten Reasons to Respond to a Crying Child||p. 34|
|Siblings Arrive All at Once||p. 38|
|Lonely Cages||p. 41|
|Ten Ways to Grow a Happy Child||p. 48|
|Living with Children||p. 51|
|Ten Ways We Misunderstand Children||p. 53|
|Ten Tips for Shopping With Children||p. 56|
|When a Child has a Tantrum||p. 59|
|The Hidden Messages We Give Our Children||p. 64|
|Ten Tips for Finding a Medical Professional for Your Child||p. 69|
|Natural Grandparenting||p. 74|
|Guiding Children||p. 77|
|The Parenting Golden Rule||p. 79|
|The "Magic Words" Must be Spoken from the Heart||p. 81|
|The Trouble with Rewards||p. 84|
|Praising our Children: Manipulation or Celebration?||p. 89|
|It Shouldn't Hurt to be a Child||p. 91|
|"I Was Spanked and I'm Fine!"||p. 99|
|The Dangers of Holding Therapy||p. 102|
|Ten Alternatives to Punishment||p. 106|
|Helping Children Learn||p. 111|
|Nurturing Children's Natural Love of Learning||p. 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 Name||p. 133|
|Is "I Love Lucy" Educational?||p. 140|
|Advocating for Children||p. 145|
|Is There Room for Children in our Society?||p. 147|
|Intervening on Behalf of a Child in a Public Place||p. 150|
|Intervention can Save Lives||p. 155|
|Age Discrimination Harms Young and Old Alike||p. 157|
|The Kids' Project: Breaking the Cycle of Abuse||p. 161|
|About the Author||p. 174|
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Number Of Pages: 192
Published: December 2001
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.27