Small asserts that our ideas about how to raise our kids are as much a result of our culture as our biology, and that, in fact, many of the values we place on child-rearing practices are based in culture rather than biology. Small writes, "Every act by parents, every goal that molds that act, has a foundation in what is appropriate for that particular culture. In this sense, no parenting style is 'right' and no style is 'wrong.' It is appropriate or inappropriate only according to the culture." Our Babies, Ourselves is a wonderful read for anyone interested in the social sciences, and will be especially meaningful to those swept up in the wild adventure of parenting. --Ericka Lutz --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I highly recommend this book for parents and non-parents alike.
She uses research evidence, as well as her experience, to draw conclusions on benefits and drawbacks to these various approaches.
I am grateful for this book, and hope others will find what they need in it to be their best parenting selves.
This book is completely fascinating, and completely reassuring (for me, at least, as a pregnant lady). Read morePublished 1 day ago by CPaice
You really have to slog through a lot of academic and relatively uninformative writing to get to the interesting parts of this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anna Callahan
I loved this! It is wonderful to learn about the anthropology of child rearing and the evolution of certain cultures infant/ adult dyads. It has helped inform my mothering!Published 6 months ago by tray
Meredith Small shows us how humans changed their way of giving birth and raising children, from the ancient hunter-gatherer cultures to the industrialised cultures of today. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Annelie Pernthaler
This is, by far, one of the best books I've ever read in regards to children and culture. I've been telling all of my friends about this book.Published 9 months ago by JULIE NELSON
This is an excellent resource about different parenting strategies. As a new mother and a child psychologist, I truly enjoyed reading about the synergy between culture and biology.Published 11 months ago by Elia
The book is based on extensive research and offers many interesting insights for parents on the differences between what is biological and what's purely cultural when bringing up a... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Nyxdia
Read this if you feel, as I did, that parenting books and advice generally offer too narrow a perspective on parenting goals and styles. Read morePublished 19 months ago by mils