Child rearing in any form is a super feat for parents. Only now being a parent of 2.5 year old Chloe and 10 month old Jude can I understand a little of what being a parent is all about. Good Golly a definite paradigm shift occurred at the birth of our first child. Seeing that a parallel world exists between those with children and those without, without ever knowing such a world existed.
The Continuum Concept is a must read for parents who no longer want to follow societies rules about child rearing and would like to try the path of least resistance. Believing in the innate nature of the child to be one that will make the right decision for itself in most circumstances.
Author Jean Liedloff lived for two and half years with natives in the South American jungle. While deep within the forests and within the Indian communities she noted the peacefulness of all tribe inhabitants. In this book shares her observations of the psychology of South American jungle Indian's child rearing practices. She relates these practices to innate human nature which is often lost or forgotten in todays fast paced societies.
I found the Continuum Concept initially a heavy read, but after working through the first few chapters found it to be an invaluable parenting read and have changed some of my learned parenting behaviors for more win- win and less confrontational outcomes or reactions.
I must say a big thank you on behalf of my children to my husband's beloved mother for the gift of this book.
If you are already a parent, or thinking about a family and believe in the innate parenting skills human nature has provided us but are a bit cloudy from your own upbringing and all of the incoming messages from today's modern world THEN I highly recommend reading this book. Your children and their children will love you for it.
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