The Natural Child is a collection of essays on parenting and education which I wrote between 1988 and the present. The essays were written to help parents and future parents understand the critical importance of treating their children with dignity, respect, understanding, and compassion from infancy into adulthood. I hope to inspire parents toward a new way of being with their children that allows for a mutually trusting and loving relationship based on respectful, gentle guidance and emotional support.
This approach has been called attachment parenting or empathic parenting. It is often considered to be New Age but it is in fact, age-old. Many of the practices that I recommend in this book were the norm for thousands of generations, and have only been questioned within the last 100 years or less.
Empathic parenting, to put it most simply, is believing what we know in our heart to be true. Children raised with love and compassion will be free to use their time as adults in meaningful and creative ways, rather than expressing their childhood hurts in ways that harm themselves or others. If adults have no need to deal with the past, they can live fully in the present.
It is my belief that through empathic parenting the world can become a more peaceful and a more humane place, where every child can grow to adulthood with a generous capacity for empathy and trust. Our society has no more urgent task.
Can highly recommend this e-book to everybody who wants to learn more about natural child education. Very interesting to hear different point of views on this topic. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Rachel
This has been the best, and most thought-provoking, book I've read on child-rearing. I was raised by a loving mom but a quite strict grandmother who probably never questioned her... Read morePublished on April 26, 2012 by sunlily
I wish I had read this book BEFORE I had my children, however I am glad that I stumbled upon it. This book affirmed some of the things I had already been practicing in my home, and... Read morePublished on February 11, 2012 by Julie S.
This book is a beautifully written book about children, and more specifically what we can do to create a loving, lasting relationship with our child. Read morePublished on September 2, 2009 by Julie L. Rogers
New parents, even old parents, everywhere, should read this book. Jan Hunt is at the forefront of one of the most important things a parent should know nowadays - that products and... Read morePublished on February 5, 2008 by L. Douglas
This book changed my life, my daughter's life, and my husband's life - all for the better. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Read morePublished on November 29, 2007 by Bitty Mama
"The Natural Child" is a collection of articles written by Hunt for various publications from 1988 to 2001. Each is very short (2-5 short pages). Read morePublished on October 23, 2007 by mommyofone
I loved EVERY single word of this book. It seems like this should be taught on schools instead of some of the things they teach. Read morePublished on May 17, 2007 by Conny
Try, just for one week, to assume that Jan Hunt's premise is correct: interpret EVERY communication from your child (your baby's cry, your toddler's tantrum, etc. Read morePublished on April 25, 2007 by Gaby