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Natural Family Living: The Mothering Magazine Guide to Parenting

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A practical, expansive guide to natural parenting features plentiful advice and instruction on how to raise intelligent, welladjusted children the natural way. Original.
Paperback, 372 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Atria Books
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missy jean
Sep 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
At times I wanted to give this book five stars; at times I wanted to give it two. There is a lot of great information in this book about a wide range of parenting issues (e.g., childbirth, nighttime parenting, breastfeeding, entertainment, communication, discipline, circumcision, school, etc.). And I found a lot of it very helpful. But in some of the chapters (the chapter on vaccines, for instance) I thought the information presented was extremely one-sided, bridging on irresponsible.

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Sep 30, 2008 rated it it was ok
The claim that Mothering Magazine and it's publications take a "we'll inform, you choose" approach to parenting is about as full of truth as Fox News' mantra "we report, you decide". I am an "attachment" parent who had both of my babies naturally, but am appalled by the preaching, scare-mongering and misleading and dangerous medical advice Mothering Mag and the natural birth/parenting crowd throw out there as "empowering". Sure - if you already believe the half cocked stuff they try to sell, or ...more
Feb 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. I think it is one of the best books I have read, leaving a lasting impression with me. I recommend it not only for parents to be but for new parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, godparents, basically anyone who has children in their lives in any capacity. This book is full of resources, covers topics that may seem difficult to discuss, encourages an authentic view of the family unit and discusses the role school systems and society have in children’s lives.
On a personal note b
Dec 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: new/expectant parents
I really liked this book. I find it amusing to see it described as non-mainstream or alternative, which kind of is a sad reflection on society! (We have strayed so far from what is natural....) There's nothing radical about it: parenting naturally is, well, natural, and very commonsense. I don't agree with 'everything' in the book, but that's not unusual. My parenting style is very close to what is described here, however--nursing (not formula feeding), partially co-sleeping (when the need exist ...more
Jun 13, 2007 rated it liked it
I already share a worldview with people who read Mothering Mag, so this wasn't a conversion experience so much as a confirmation of hunches/previous knowledge/etc. It was interesting and would be a handy reference to have around.

I did think it could use more pictures (yes, I'm one of those people) and felt like the prental/pregnancy/birth section could have used a lot more detail and info. As a natural birth advocate, I know that it takes more than one chapter to help women make choices about b
Aug 18, 2010 rated it liked it
I feel about this pretty much the same as I do about Mothering magazine. I am drawn to it, sympathetic to its perspective, and yet skeptical. Sometimes they just seem, well, wrong, from what I can tell -- take the section on vaccines. However, I think I'd like to have a copy of this around, because there's much information here that I just can't find other places, all together like this -- about homeopathy, home remedies, that sort of stuff. And I appreciate its support for ideas that often don' ...more
Jan 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
I expected to like this book, but wasn't a fan. There are definitely some great sections, however the preachy tone really gets to me. And that someone would make the argument that because their second baby was fussier, that meant they were a better parent that time around (the baby apparently felt more comfortable expressing themself, or something), was one of the silliest things I've read. Overall, while I'm actually following many of the "attachment parenting" styles (cosleeping, baby wearing, ...more
Feb 29, 2008 is currently reading it
I'm a fan of Mothering Magazine so this book I imagine, written by the magazines editor, will not be a far departure from all the smart, interesting stuff I read in their bi-monthly mag. This is my hope.
I've been hopping around. I read the chapter on nutrition and though not super in-depth, it provides some good ideas.
Apr 05, 2009 rated it liked it
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I ran across this book at the library. I subscribe to Mothering magazine and have been interested in picking up one of Peggy's books. While I don't subscribe to all the philosophies, I love the overview. I particularly liked the "Alternative to punishment" section. She had a good list of ideas that I will copy and put on the fridge.
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is our bible for child rearing, along with You Are Your Child's First Teacher by Rahima Baldwin. Great info about a wide range of topics from behavior to health to food and breastfeeding. Love it!
Jun 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
I agree with almost everything in this book. I loved learning that Attachment Parenting is actually just a restoration of how parenting used to be and still is in nondindustrialized countries. A great book to help restore AP in our detachment parenting culture.
Jun 30, 2008 rated it liked it
This book is full of advice on how to raise your kids in a healthy, loving, natural way. You might want to pay special attention to the vaccine section. If you like this book you might also be interested in getting a subscription to Mothering magazine.
Apr 22, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents, parents-to-be
Very insighful - it made me wonder why doctors don't tell you these kinds of things.
This was actually a text book for my infant development class and I (amazingly) enjoyed reading it - infact, I kept it because it will be such a great resource when I have children!
Nov 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
It's the kind of book that would be good to read if you're trying to conceive or newly pregnant - but because it's an overview of so many topics, if you have any familiarity with this parenting style, it's too general (though it has a great resources section in the back).
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Really good overview of all topics for someone who is interested in natural parenting, not much that I didn't already know so better for first time parents.
Mar 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Wonderful book!
Jul 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is such a good book. I marked it as "read" but I always have it on hand as a reference.

I can't recommend this book enough!! A must-read for any parent.
Kendra Wadsworth
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A great book that covered a wide range of pregnancy and parenting. Enjoyed reading it cover to cover and love having it as a resource book.
Aug 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all parents to be
The first book I read when I was pregnant - each chapter is on something different - birth, pregnancy, food, school options - all in the realm of natural living.
Jan Zeiger
Dec 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book because it covered everything--natural childbirth, breastfeeding, vaccinations, circumcision, you-name-it.
Apr 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Mothering Magazine under one cover.
Jan 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
yes yes yes! topics well covered. wonderful author. founder of Mothering Magazine---30 yr old alt family raising mag.
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Peggy O’Mara is the mother of four grown children. She has gained international celebrity as publisher, editor and owner of Mothering Magazine. She is also the author of four books: Having a Baby Naturally: The Mothering Magazine Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth, Natural Family Living: The Mothering Magazine Guide to Parenting, The Way Back Home: Essays on Life and Family, and A Quiet Place: Essa ...more
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