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Study Contends Some Child Care Practices Hinder Development

By Rick Nauert, PhD

"A new study that may provoke controversy suggests social practices and cultural beliefs of modern life are preventing healthy brain and emotional development in children.

The hypothesis was recently presented at an interdisciplinary research symposium at the University of Notre Dame.

"Life outcomes for American youth are worsening, especially in comparison to 50 years ago," said Dr. Darcia Narvaez, Notre Dame professor of psychology, who specializes in moral development in children and how early life experiences can influence brain development." go to

Because I Said So

by Stacy Schiff

"I give up: The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Little pitchers have big ears. Boys are different from girls. The days are endless and the years fly by. (I made that one up, but surely a few billion others have said it first.) It's enough to persuade you that everything you know you really did learn in kindergarten.' ... her review of Ann Hulbert's "Raising America: Experts, Parents, and a Century of Advice About Children". see New York Times Book Review

Mindful Parenting

"We [in the United States] live in a culture which does not place great value on parenting as valid and honored work. It is considered perfectly acceptable for people to give one hundred percent to their careers, or to their "relationships", or to "finding themselves," but not to their children. The implication is that giving a child such a high degree of consistent, devoted, highest priority attention will only "spoil" the child, that it cannot lead to good, and only stems from a parent's "neurotic" needs for control and attachment rather than from a respect for life and for the interconnectedness of all things, and from the unique joys of parent-child relationships." [View source]

Kabat-Zinn, Myla and Jon, Everyday Blessings: the inner work of mindful parenting

Raising a Continuum Child

by Sam

"The Continuum Concept is a theory devised by author Jean Liedloff after spending long periods of time living with and observing the Yequana tribe in the jungles of South America. She observed that the people of the tribe were the happiest she had ever witnessed and found through studying their child rearing practices, this to be a huge contributing factor." go to

from Barbara Katz Rothman

"The standard American version of feminism argues that women can do everything, just everything, no limits. Which means women can be all that men are: engineers and firefighters and physicians and soldiers and Supreme Court Justices and airplane pilots and Presidents. All of it. Yes we can. ... I do think that’s the basic argument of American feminism: women can be just like men. It doesn’t give us a lot of space for the things that women’s bodies can do that men’s cannot – like being pregnant, giving birth and breastfeeding. [View source]

There are other feminisms, other places to stand when talking about a better world for women. It is possible to actively value women’s potential, the bodily capacity to create and nurture the next generation. But it’s hard to do that and not fall into the anti-feminist trap, the argument that women ought to be doing the nurturing and leave the rest of the world to men. … And so we end up with a fraught relationship with our ability to breastfeed our babies: if we celebrate it, we tend to fall off into the anti-feminist side, asking women to spend their time being traditional mothers. But there is something there to celebrate – it’s really quite a lovely and interesting system for baby feeding. A recent article by Hannah Rosin in the Atlantic, (April 09) “The Case Against Breastfeeding,” revisited the issue. She did a hard backlash against all the ‘breast is best’ propaganda, and some of her points are well worth thinking about. But – and I found this charming – she ended her article by saying she would continue to nurse her baby basically just because it’s a lovely thing to do. readmore logo


Hispanic American

"The web of relationships that extends across generations in Hispanic families provides a support network sustained by rules of mutual obligation. readmore logo

Irish American

"The Irish tend to focus more on their children's conformity to rules than on other aspects of their child's development, such as emotional expression, self-assertiveness, or creativity." readmore logo


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