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Mother and Child: Visions of Parenting from Indigenous Cultures
by Jan Reynolds
Mothers shape the world in which we live through the love and guidence they give their children. Award-winning journalist and photographer Jan Reynolds explored the mother/child relationship through seven stages of life--marriage, pregnancy, birth, infancy, toddling, independence, and adolescence--while living with women in the Himalaya, the Sahara, the Aboriginal Outback, ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Inner Traditions
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I keep meaning to finish this one -- it's interesting, but it's written a little goofy for me. Kind of aahh-aaahh-aahh--we are all one--aaahhh. That said, I think the author is sincere, and I do appreciate her perspective from having traveled extensively and befriended parents and children all over the world. I always appreciate a new viewpoint on parenting culture and how what we consider the "right" way to do things is usually just a limited cultural construct.
I liked this book a lot, especially the section on independence. I did think that the book was overly preachy about the benefits of attachment parenting, since I already practiced home birth, breastfeeding, baby-wearing, etc., and was looking for more insight rather than reiterating what I already knew. My kids and I really enjoyed looking at the pictures, though, and I'm glad I read it. It was a really, really fast read.