As one who makes parenting decisions based on what’s most “natural,” with a healthy dose of modern to account for the evolution of man (including jogging strollers, some vaccines, homeopathic remedies, antibiotics, etc), I like to do many things “the stone age way,” as our ancestors did, employing woman’s most basic instincts in mothering. This method is usually referred to as natural or attachment parenting and involves breastfeeding, co-sleeping, babywearing and responding to baby’s cues.
The author of “Parenting the Stone Age Way” recalls the child-baring and child-rearing practices of our ancestors and examines the societal pressure to disregard these instincts, to have the baby kept away from its parents, kept on a schedule, or expected to self-soothe. For parents and expecting parents, this article is an articulate, thoughtful and international perspective on parenting. Read it.
What do you think of parenting the “the stone age way?”