parenting the stone age way

An article out of Singapore (by way of the Jakarta Globe) caught my eye this morning, “Parenting the Stone Age Way.”

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?”

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8 thoughts on “parenting the stone age way

  1. I love that! I used to tell Sean that sometimes I think of how a cave woman would take care of her baby when wondering how best to do things (esp. in regards to SLEEP). So awesome.

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    1. We can learn from our ancestors! Even if our little ones are still cavemen themselves 😉 All the more reason to care for them like cave mommies.

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  2. I’ve never had the priviledge of raising an infant, but I have adopted three older children who each have an attachment disorder due to a failure to bond/thrive in their infancy… So- I feel attachment parenting is the ONLY way to go.

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Misty. You have a unique and extremely valuable perspective. I admire you for opening your heart to become the mother of not one but THREE damaged children. I hope they are doing well.

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  3. I don’t have a child of my own yet but I was raised the “stone age” way. Through teenage years and all, I maintained a very close bond with my mother… LOL, I can still sleep beside her and not feel awkward even at 25. It doesn’t mean I’m a dependent duckling who can’t swim beyond my Mom’s wings. I’m living overseas and definitely enjoying independence. But distance, career and the stress of adulthood never strayed me away from my mother. A big factor is probably the closeness I’ve shared with my mom during my baby years–consciously and subconsciously, those memories are keeping our relationship strongly intact.

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