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The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart

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The Natural Child is the instruction manual that should have come with your child.
Derek Markham, ecoBrain

The Natural Child makes a compelling case for a return to attachment parenting, a child-rearing approach that has come naturally for parents throughout most of human history. In this insightful guide, parenting specialist Jan Hunt links together attachment parenting pri
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by New Society Publishers
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Jan 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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I loved this book. It is very much written with an attachment\empathetic parenting viewpoint so if you are not into that you will more than likely not agree with everything she says. The book is a compilation of articles that Jan Hunt has written over the years on subjects from co-sleeping, compassionate discipline, homeschooling, and other such topics. Most of what she had to say really ressonated with me and I found myself feeling inspired and motivated to impliment much of what she discusses. ...more
John Cass
Mar 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-help, parenting
I read this book on 'attachment parenting' a number of years ago. The book starts out really well by providing a refreshing alternative to what many would consider mainstream norms for raising children: co-sleeping, no spanking, avoiding separation, extended breastfeeding etc.

I think this is great for new parents having their first baby, but I found some of the principles and advice hard to buy into, especially as your kids reach the toddler stage (like co-sleeping: you get tired of being woken
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
Read with caution and common sense too. I like to read the two extremes in parenting approaches: Baby Wise from Gary Ezzo is in one extreme and this one is in the other extreme in my opinion. It has good things to take but others that are a bit too radical in my opinion. For example school doesn't kill anybody and the no separation approach is one of the things that made me so angry: so we are not ourselves anymore? how about some time for yourself? how about some husband-wife time? how about so ...more
Sep 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
Man, what a disappointment. I'm bummed that this is the first book I read as an expectant mom. It's a lot of preaching and judgement about how to raise your kids with really nothing to back it up. It's a lot of 'don't do this' instead of here are proven methods and how you can apply them. Really impractical- and I am someone that is open to all the general concept she discusses (attachment parenting, no physical harm, listening to and trusting your kids) but she didn't give me any new informatio ...more
Sep 19, 2007 rated it liked it
I found so much that I agreed with in this book - but a lack of practical ways to apply this to my life with a toddler and now preschooler. - holy crap I have a preschooler!
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A wonderful gentle yet firm guide to natural, attachment, heartfelt parenting. Covering all the principles in parenting, from co-sleeping to loving discipline, nurturing a love of learning, teaching your own children and guides us through insightful and well placed quotes.
This book is relatively short but full of loving, well researched, practical and well lived information.

Although I don't agree with absolutely everything written here, this is an important resource for all parents feeling a tu
Jan 19, 2015 rated it liked it
There were things I loved about this book. The idea that children are people and should be treated with respect and trust. I consider myself to be an attachment parent, and I agreed with a lot of it. But I feel that if someone from a more mainstream parenting attitude were to read this book, it would completely turn them off attachment parenting. Some of the ideas were a bit extreme to me, but more problematic was the judgmental attitude toward parents who use a crib or send their child to publi ...more
Melissa Matthewson
Dec 12, 2007 rated it liked it
A pretty good parenting book. I got some good ideas from it. Basically reaffirms the whole concept behind attachment parenting, emphasizing prolonged breastfeeding, co-sleeping and no separation. I get anxious about the no separation thing just because I can't be with my son all the time. Is it realistic to think that most mothers can in this day and age, when we are trying to hold down mortgages and pay for our expensive lives? Anyway, I think I'm a pretty good mother and we practice all these ...more
Kate Hyde
Mar 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
This book is a collection of articles that the author has written for various magazines (several of the articles can be found online at Much of what I read was familiar to me because I've already read quite a bit about Attachment Parenting. But I still found the book quite valuable. There were some great chapters about empathic parenting and unschooling that introduced me to new ideas. I would definitely recommend this book. ...more
Jul 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
Really just a compilation of articles written by the author for various outlets. I often found myself double checking to make sure that I hadn't accidentally reread a section: the book becomes redundant quickly.

Neither an academic look at natural (or attachment) parenting, nor a practical guide, this book is a vehicle for the author to further espouse her own opinions on parenting methods.
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Loved this book for the type of parenting it advocates - gentle, trusting your child etc. Like that it talks about children's rights as human beings and how we can forget that. Will be dipping in and out as I continue my journey as a parent to help me parent the way I aspire to
Jan 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book was a good collection of philosophies from people in the natural parenting movement. This book provides a good jumping point to research something you are interested in more depth. As with any parenting book, you take what resonates with you, and leave that which does not.
Garrett Glow
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great insight on raising children from a thoughtful space.
Mar 30, 2011 marked it as 2008-reads
Didn't like it. At all. Makes me remember why I don't read parenting books as a general rule.
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it
While I agree with pretty much all of the content I found the authors style a bit preachy which got in the way of enjoying the book.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
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An interesting book worth reading. Some more extreme gentle parenting views about raising kids which are not bad, just not practical for all families.
Feb 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
An excellent anecdote to the "Cry-it-out" attitude of our society.
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Good book to read if you are looking to learn or build on your parenting skills.
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