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The Continuum Concept: In Search Of Happiness Lost (Classics in Human Development) Paperback – January 22, 1986
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I have observed the behavior that Liedloff talks about for myself in non-Western societies and it's true that the children I see in South America and Africa seem to be the happiest, most well-adjusted children that I have seen anywhere. From my own experience there I had, without thinking, incorporated a few of their practices into my babies lives. What I am sad to say is that I didn't do it enough with my daughter and now I am afraid that she's too old for them to work, but I'm trying. I am also doing it with my son who is almost seven months and I have seen a difference in his behavior. He was never an unhappy child, just one that didn't like to be put down-ever! Before I read this book people told me I was holding him too much. I and my husband ignored them, but I felt that twinge of guilt that happens when you go against what society and your peers tell you. Now I know I was correct in my actions and my feelings. As I type this he's happily asleep on my lap and can sleep through anything and everything. I do everything with him and I do mean everything and he is the calmest, most well adjusted baby I know, and people tell us that all the time. My daughter was not held as much and now that she's at the stage where's she's trying to be independent it may be too late for her, but we'll keep trying.
Get this now before you have a baby. Or even if you do. I hope it's never too late.
I just read several comments that pointed out that many of the philosophies in the book are not supported by scientific research, and some pointed out that the author doesn't have children so her opinions must be invalid.
As I read the book, all of it just made a lot of sense to me. I do think it is missing a little bit of "proof" or whatever you want to call it, just to reassure the readers and whatnot. But since so much of it made sense to me, I tried it for myself, and fully believe in what she's saying. And she doesn't need to be a mother in order to know what she is talking about.
What stuck with me the most is it made me not feel guilty for taking care of my son and not "letting" him cry himself to sleep. How backwards is society that I get flack for carrying my 3 month old in my arms instead of a stroller and for always fulfilling his most basic needs?
So while the book is by no means perfect, the message is good, and I think everybody (and I mean EVERYBODY) should read it.