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  • Posted August 30, 2011

    Seminal Work

    Based on the work of Piaget and extensively researched this is the first and last word on child development with a practical application. I am so very happy I did before becoming a father.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2004

    Some readers will love this book

    The overall message of this book is important for parents and babies; we need to let babies and children grow and develop. We need to provide stimulation and new experiences. We need to keep the little ones close, provide them security and not force Western-style 'independence' on them. This keeping close means a natural birth, breastfeeding, holding and talking to- not getting our children attached to things. <BR><BR> I'm just not certain the author reached his conclusions in a way that I endorse since he says many things I absolutely disagree with. In the first chapter, he says about our brains and grey matter, 'the amount we have is just what we need for certain goals nature has in mind, such as our dominion over the earth.'! I really have a hard time believing that evolution is goal directed, and that humans should have 'dominion' over the earth. We have no right to that, and we are destroying the earth as a result of trying to be in control of this planet. <BR><BR> The chapter on 'maintaining the matrix', or how to birth babies naturally, is taken right out of LeBoyer's work 'Birth without Violence'- a fine book but not without it's flaws. This chapter also explores the development of the naturally birthed and nurtured infant, or at least the ones the author observed in Uganda. These babies are developmentally ahead of the medically birthed babies in Western society, so he says. They push up at birth, sit up at a couple months, run (not just walk!) at 7 months of age. Humph! Amazing babies, right? My baby born by c-section walked and talked much earlier than my naturally born-at-home babies. What happened?! <BR><BR> I don't particularly like the language of this book, but it will work for a lot of people. Many of us in breastfeeding advocacy work learn that people don't always learn intellectually, but they do learn *emotionally*. If some mothers learn to nurture their babies in a hands-on way because of the emotional discussion in this book, more power to them.

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    Posted July 5, 2010

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