Our Babies, Ourselves

Our Babies, Ourselves New Parents Are Faced With Innumerable Decisions To Make Regarding The Best Way To Care For Their Baby, And, Naturally, They Often Turn For Guidance To Friends And Family Members Who Have Already Raised Children But As Scientists Are Discovering, Much Of The Trusted Advice That Has Been Passed Down Through Generations Needs To Be Carefully Reexamined.A Thought Provoking Combination Of Practical Parenting Information And Scientific Analysis, Our Babies, Ourselves Is The First Book To Explore Why We Raise Our Children The Way We Do And To Suggest That We Reconsider Our Culture S Traditional Views On Parenting.In This Ground Breaking Book, Anthropologist Meredith Small Reveals Her Remarkable Findings In The New Science Of Ethnopediatrics Professor Small Joins Pediatricians, Child Development Researchers, And Anthropologists Across The Country Who Are Studying To What Extent The Way We Parent Our Infants Is Based On Biological Needs And To What Extent It Is Based On Culture And How Sometimes What Is Culturally Dictated May Not Be What S Best For Babies.Should An Infant Be Encouraged To Sleep Alone Is Breast Feeding Better Than Bottle Feeding, Or Is That Just A Myth Of The Nineties How Much Time Should Pass Before A Mother Picks Up Her Crying Infant And How Important Is It Really To A Baby S Development To Talk And Sing To Him Or Her These Are But A Few Of The Important Questions Small Addresses, And The Answers Not Only Are Surprising But May Even Change The Way We Raise Our Children. I m not sure how many stars to give this book, because I had very mixed reactions The earlier parts of this book are full of interesting biological and anthropological descriptions of 1 evolutionary and biological information about babies, and 2 how parents in various cultures care for babies Totally fascinating, well described, and exuding open mindedness and curiosity about the wonder of human biology and the rich variety of human behavior.Then, suddenly, the book changes, and the second I m not sure how many stars to give this book, because I had very mixed reactions The earlier parts of this book are full o
This is the book I like to give every pregnant friend When you have a child, you inevitably receive a lot of well intentioned advice Writing from a biological anthropologist s point of view, Small helps you pick apart which bits of wisdom are cultural which is not to say that they should be discarded and which arenaturally aligned with babies basic biological design This crucial knowledge, which most parents and even pediatricians do not possess, will help make some aspects of babie This is the book I like to give every pregnant friend When you have a child, you inevitably receive a lot of well intentioned advice Writing from a biologica
This was a really thought provoking read that overall I enjoyed quite a lot But I feel like she frequently repeated herself by the end I was pretty tired of hearing about the Kung San, and wished I had ski
Written by an anthropologist, this is an intriguing account of how humans care for infants, from a cross cultural and evolutionary perspective It begins by providing a fascinating summary of infant care in several diverse cultures including three hunter gatherer societies and the modern industrial societies of Japan and the U.S The variety of practices described, not only of caring for the young, but also related to social structure, mating, pregnancy, and birth made for some interesting readi Written
This was a fascinating read The author relates the parenting practices of different cultures around the world and talks about how certain parenting styles are due to the biology of human babies As a simple example, babies were designed to be breastfed, biologically speaking But in Western cultures, we ve decided to diverge from those biologically based practices to gainconvenience and independence from the traditionallyintimate parent infant relationship I like how the author say This was a fascinating read The author relates the parenting practices of different cultures around the world and talks about how certain parenting styles are due t
Well, nothing to make you feel insecure about your own parenting than reading about cultures where the kids get held for 3x the amount of US kids, and only cry for a few seconds at a time Gives you something to think about, but I don t think I ll be very successful at this until I have a whole village to pass my kid along to, or at least a back strong enough to wear a sling forthan half an hour So far, long on introdu
I wish I had read this book before I had babies, but I m definitely glad I m reading it when they re still little It is about the field of ethnopediatrics, the comparative study of parenting across cultures, with the ultimate goal of determining where mismatches between biology and culture exist so that we can better meet our babies needs A major tenet of Small s argument is that the biology of babies has evolved at a pace much slower than our culture s technology and lifestyle As a result, I wish I had read this book before I had babies, but I m definitely glad I m reading it when they re still little It is about the field o
There is so much that I agree with in this book I loved reading about the anthropological support for the idea that attachment parenting is what is best for babies, and I really enjoyed reading about how babies are cared for in some non Western cultures today though I would have enjoyed reading aboutof them and also about Western countries other than the U.S That being said, I did find some significant flaws with this book For one thing, Meredith Small asserts at times that all parenti There is so much that I agree with in this book I loved reading about the anthropological support for the idea that attachment parenting is what is best for babies, and I really enjoyed reading about how babies are cared for in some non Western cultures today though I would have enjoyed reading aboutof them and also about Western countries other than the U.S That being said, I did find some significant flaws with this book For one thing, Meredith Small asserts at times that all parenting practices are fine and just need to be understood as part of culture, while in most of the book she argues that babies are evolutionarily designed to sleep with adults, breastfeed often for several years, be worn or carried most of the time, and be responded to quickly I don t think that she is consistent on these points, perhaps because she lacks the courage to criticize mainstream American practices without reservation.Second, I had hoped forexplanation of why we should look to these aspects of tradition
This book is better than the usual pop psychology book on parenting It is essentially a review of the relatively new field of ethnopediatrics by an anthropologist It tackles the nature nurture question head on and makes some truly subtle points in places At times the author lapses into vague generalizations about our Pleistocene past determining our current biological drives And rather suprisingly, given that the author is a female anthropologist, some of the discussions about co sleeping et This book is better than the usual pop psychology book on parenting It is essentially a review of the relativel
If I could rate this 2.5 stars I would.What I liked the examples of how a variety of world cultures approach major parenting choices such as breastfeeding, babywearing, and bedtime sleep issues Really fascinating to read, and a variety of different approaches can still lead to healthy, happy, well adjusted children I wish she d focusedon this aspect and left the other stuff out.What was interesting but I m on the fence about it the evolutionary biology stuff It was interesting to r If I could rate this 2.5 stars I would.What I liked the examples of how a variety of world cultures approach major parenting choices such as breastfeeding, babywearing, and bedtime sleep issues Really fascinating to read, and a variety of different approaches can still lead to healthy, happy, well adjusted children I wish she d focusedon this aspect and left the other stuff o

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  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • Our Babies, Ourselves
  • Meredith Small
  • English
  • 25 January 2018
  • 0385483627