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The Mindful Parent: Strategies from Peaceful Cultures to Raise Compassionate, Competent Kids Hardcover – November 17, 2015
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Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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BUT THEN I realize that I, myself, actually did raise both of my children more or less the way Peterson recommends. I mean I was probably within 90% compliance of everything she says to do. If she talked to me, she would probably be really pleased with my parenting and would probably say, "Good job--your children aren't the ones I'm worried about." The WORST thing I probably did was leave my younger child in group daycare for about 25 hours a week starting when she was 7 months old, but that was with teachers who absolutely ADORED her and were totally tuned into her health and well-being. I don't really think the Future Of Human Civilization Police are going to come knocking on my door for that.
So--I don't know. Part of me think this book is glorifying "primitive" cultures in an unrealistic and unhelpful way, and part of me thinks Peterson is actually on to something and is probably pretty much correct in most of her assertions, even the ones that are impossible for most modern American parents to implement, even the ones that *I* managed to implement because I lucked into an above-average family support structure situation. I'm giving this book four stars to balance my misgivings with the quality of the research and writing. I'd be happy to discuss my thoughts further if anyone wants to discuss them in a rational, peaceful way.
From wearing and caring for babies to relational parenting details this book provides young parents with guiding wisdom to help reduce confusion and provides how to be a mindful parent. This is not about inducing guilt in new parents, it is about reducing bewilderment and reconnecting to a child maintaining a close mutually-compassionate relationship. Beginning parents can learn to validate feelings in their toddlers and utter sounds of acceptance.
Dr Peterson gives an important nudge toward adequate essential paid parental leave and in home day care.
The interviews with modern parents touch upon the reality of life for these busy parents and the creative ways that they can meet their babies needs. The stories from peaceful cultures are translated into opportunities for our culture to help our children learn to use their better judgment, calm distress and grow in generosity and compassion.