The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart
I have purchased several copies to give as gifts to new parents. Children could use kinder, gentler parents who let them be who they are without condemnation, coercion, shaming, etc.
Our society places a lot of emphasis on achievement which brings about heavy control on the part of parents. That's unhealthy for big people AND little people. This book advocates a respectful approach to parenting that brings peace and long-lasting, strong bonds between parents and their children.
August 6, - Published on Amazon. I was so nervous in the beginning as a first time mom. I learned I needed to trust my instincts and my daughters signals. Things couldn't have turned out better. I'm glad I read this book. It is one of the few boks that feels right to me, and encourages my approach to raising my daughter the way I want to and instinctively feel is correct for us February 11, - Published on Amazon.
This book affirmed some of the things I had already been practicing in my home, and thankfully put an end to things I was doing, trying to control toddlers with punitive discipline like time-outs that never worked, etc. I loved almost every aspect of this book, and think it would make a great gift for any expecting Mom. August 13, - Published on Amazon.
Jan Hunt: The Natural Child – Parenting from the Heart
Reviewers K. Moon "Ms. Hunt said in her book, but a part of the point was missed. Their reviews were of course valuable, and thought provoking. To speak of breast feeding and co-sleeping as "hard", and to pre-set a time of at least a year, and to use a sling with a painful muscle condition, it begs the question as to whether this mother's commitment to consistently taking the right actions is not enough to conceal the strain it puts on her. Arthur Janov says that our babies read this strain on us.
As to the education question, I saw my son's spirit and love of learning nearly broken in Kindergarten as I watched a burned out teacher humiliate the kids for raising their hands too exuberantly. I Xeroxed articles and campaigned, and home schooling wasn't born until years later. I also attended a Walden type school and transferred to a European school, not reading until nearly age nine, with no problems developing in education or in life. And as to Twinkies, I never made any food a forbidden fruit in our house, and consequently, our kids asked for tomatoes and nectarines in the supermarket.
Radical things can be tried and very successfully for many kids. As to the guidance question, we experienced it as an exchange. We took our cues from our kids and responded with guidance and received their feedback in the form of how well they did with that guidance, and we would adjust accordingly.
We did it this way because it was more important for them to know who the are than for us to say who they would be. June 18, - Published on Amazon.
I love this book! The gentle guidance offered on each page has truly guided every aspect of my parenting. Another review that was written recently by "Sunday Crepes" shines an unfavorable light on this wonderful book. I do not want others to be misinformed about this book based on this review. I believe that this reviewer misunderstood Jan Hunt's message, especially with regard to limits. The reviewer states, "It would be like taking a child to the grocery store and telling them they can eat whatever they want.
Sorry, Twinkies are not allowed in my house. Children need guidance.
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The message in the book is not one that opposes limits. Instead Jan's message is that limits need to be reasonable and explained with gentleness, and that children will willingly accept sensible limits if they love you enough. View 2 comments. Mar 01, John Cass rated it it was ok Shelves: self-help , parenting. I read this book on 'attachment parenting' a number of years ago. The book starts out really well by providing a refreshing alternative to what many would consider mainstream norms for raising children: co-sleeping, no spanking, avoiding separation, extended breastfeeding etc.
I think this is great for new parents having their first baby, but I found some of the principles and advice hard to buy into, especially as your kids reach the toddler stage like co-sleeping: you get tired of being woken I read this book on 'attachment parenting' a number of years ago. I think this is great for new parents having their first baby, but I found some of the principles and advice hard to buy into, especially as your kids reach the toddler stage like co-sleeping: you get tired of being woken up by a two-year old's ankle in your groin.
Towards the end the book becomes a little repetitive and you get the feeling that there really isn't enough material there to fill an entire volume. The author's views are a little extreme and creates the impression that if you ever a left your baby in a crib, or b allowed it to cry for more than 5 seconds, or c sent one of your kids to a public school, you basically screwed them up for life. This book will probably resonate with high 'S' personality types, who just want to avoid their children feeling upset. Jul 10, Lesly rated it it was ok.
Read with caution and common sense too. I like to read the two extremes in parenting approaches: Baby Wise from Gary Ezzo is in one extreme and this one is in the other extreme in my opinion. It has good things to take but others that are a bit too radical in my opinion. For example school doesn't kill anybody and the no separation approach is one of the things that made me so angry: so we are not ourselves anymore? I really believe that every important relationship in your live needs some time apart, that is the key is every relationship: balance!
Even with your baby.
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I am not saying your are going to drop your new born in the nursery for 8 hours, but once in a while you can get somebody a family member, a friend to baby sit for a couple of hours so you can date your spouse, or for you to go and have some time with your friends. All this people and relationships are still part of your live. Sep 20, Amber rated it did not like it. Man, what a disappointment. I'm bummed that this is the first book I read as an expectant mom. It's a lot of preaching and judgement about how to raise your kids with really nothing to back it up.
It's a lot of 'don't do this' instead of here are proven methods and how you can apply them. Really impractical- and I am someone that is open to all the general concept she discusses attachment parenting, no physical harm, listening to and trusting your kids but she didn't give me any new informatio Man, what a disappointment.
Really impractical- and I am someone that is open to all the general concept she discusses attachment parenting, no physical harm, listening to and trusting your kids but she didn't give me any new information on why these methods are better where's the research? She seems to just base this book on the Holt books she's read and her own personal story of raising her only child.
The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart
The only part that I found mildly interesting was the section on homeschooling as it is something I know little about. Anyway, for me this book was a waste of time. Sep 19, Amy rated it liked it. I found so much that I agreed with in this book - but a lack of practical ways to apply this to my life with a toddler and now preschooler. Apr 04, Garrett Glow rated it really liked it. Great insight on raising children from a thoughtful space.
Jan 31, Helen rated it really liked it Shelves: An interesting book worth reading. Some more extreme gentle parenting views about raising kids which are not bad, just not practical for all families. Apr 05, Whole And rated it it was amazing Shelves: parenting , attachment-parenting , homeschooling-unschooling.
A wonderful gentle yet firm guide to natural, attachment, heartfelt parenting. Covering all the principles in parenting, from co-sleeping to loving discipline, nurturing a love of learning, teaching your own children and guides us through insightful and well placed quotes. This book is relatively short but full of loving, well researched, practical and well lived information.
Although I don't agree with absolutely everything written here, this is an important resource for all parents feeling a tu A wonderful gentle yet firm guide to natural, attachment, heartfelt parenting. Although I don't agree with absolutely everything written here, this is an important resource for all parents feeling a tug at their heart to do things out of convention, parents who may need a bit of confirmation that they are on the right track and parents who may be new to this style of parenting.
Jan Hunt was written with such flow, love and grace. Jan 19, Kris rated it liked it.
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There were things I loved about this book. The idea that children are people and should be treated with respect and trust. I consider myself to be an attachment parent, and I agreed with a lot of it. But I feel that if someone from a more mainstream parenting attitude were to read this book, it would completely turn them off attachment parenting. Some of the ideas were a bit extreme to me, but more problematic was the judgmental attitude toward parents who use a crib or send their child to publi There were things I loved about this book.
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Some of the ideas were a bit extreme to me, but more problematic was the judgmental attitude toward parents who use a crib or send their child to public school or don't have enough years between their children. If this had been the first attachment parenting book I'd read, I might have dismissed the idea outright, and that does no one, parents or children, any favors. Dec 12, Melissa Matthewson rated it liked it. A pretty good parenting book. I got some good ideas from it. Basically reaffirms the whole concept behind attachment parenting, emphasizing prolonged breastfeeding, co-sleeping and no separation.
I get anxious about the no separation thing just because I can't be with my son all the time. Is it realistic to think that most mothers can in this day and age, when we are trying to hold down mortgages and pay for our expensive lives? Anyway, I think I'm a pretty good mother and we practice all these A pretty good parenting book.
Anyway, I think I'm a pretty good mother and we practice all these things that Hunt talks about, but sometimes I get anxious that I'm not doing my best. View 1 comment. Mar 10, Kate Hyde rated it really liked it Shelves: parenting. This book is a collection of articles that the author has written for various magazines several of the articles can be found online at www. Much of what I read was familiar to me because I've already read quite a bit about Attachment Parenting. But I still found the book quite valuable. There were some great chapters about empathic parenting and unschooling that introduced me to new ideas.
I would definitely recommend this book. Jul 01, Phaedra rated it it was ok. Really just a compilation of articles written by the author for various outlets. I often found myself double checking to make sure that I hadn't accidentally reread a section: the book becomes redundant quickly. Neither an academic look at natural or attachment parenting, nor a practical guide, this book is a vehicle for the author to further espouse her own opinions on parenting methods.
Jul 26, Maire rated it really liked it. Loved this book for the type of parenting it advocates - gentle, trusting your child etc. Like that it talks about children's rights as human beings and how we can forget that. Will be dipping in and out as I continue my journey as a parent to help me parent the way I aspire to.
Jan 24, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: parenting , homeschooling , philosophy. This book was a good collection of philosophies from people in the natural parenting movement. This book provides a good jumping point to research something you are interested in more depth. As with any parenting book, you take what resonates with you, and leave that which does not.
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