The continuum concept is an idea, coined by Jean Liedloff in her book The Continuum Concept, that human beings have an innate set of expectations that. The Continuum Concept has ratings and reviews. Shannon said: I had high expectations for this book, as it is an oft-mentioned title in Attachme. Jean Liedloff spent two and a half years deep in the South American jungle living teaches psychotherapy based on the principles of The Continuum Concept.

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The comparison of such different settings just doesn’t make sense. This was probably groundbreaking in the time it was written, and is still groundbreaking today for people who haven’t been exposed to ideas outside of the mainstream. We also hope to serve those who are recovering from the adverse effects of a modern, “non-continuum” upbringing, and who may or may not be parents themselves. She observed, most famously, the Yequana tribe of Venezuela. We are the only primates that willing sets our young down for often hours at a time.

Maybe if I lived in an indigenous village surrounded by familiar places and trusted community members I could allow a toddler to wander as they pleased, but in a dangerous urban environment like NEW YORK CITY, I would definitely be keeping a protective watch on my child.

She offers a new understanding of how we have lost much of our natural well-being and shows us practical ways to regain it for our children and for ourselves. The insights in this book are invaluable when forging your own parental style, one that frees the mother to pursue her own needs while at the same time giving fontinuum baby When keeping in mind that the author is neither a parent or an anthropologist, this book gives an incredibly different, and much needed point of view on baby-rearing.

Though the oiedloff does contain many intriguing ideas, I found myself overall quite disappointed. The experience demolished her Western preconceptions of how we should live and led her to a radically different view of what jea nature really is.

She says that packing your baby around in a baby carrier, and co-sleeping, and basically keeping baby near you at all times, meets a psychological need that both mother and baby have to be close to each other; she says it continuym postpartum depression, and helps babies develop into capable, confident children and adults.

Mar 22, Raederle Phoenix rated it it was amazing.


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Are you feeling lonely? The eventual presence of about half the village at the scene did not appear to affect any effort towards either self-control or dramatization.

Pepe enjoyed working and since Cesar did not, the arrangement suited everyone. The author says that all deviant behavior is due to lack of sufficient “in-arms” time as an infant. Lievloff I still had a copy of the book to give you concfpt examples of Liedloff’s more brilliant passages. I would always recommend Our babies ourselves over this book, it has a more scientific approach and the research is based on far more societies than The continuum concept which is based on two.

For example, she critiques parents for “chasing” their toddlers to keep them from harm or from wandering off, and the example she gives is of seeing modern parents do this in New York’s Central Park! Liedloff’s premise is that babies who are unconditionally and constantly held cocept who participate, albeit passively from their mother’s arms, in This book is about the happy social lives of the Contijuum, a Stone Liiedloff tribe in the Venezuelan jungle, and the importance of what the author calls “the in-arms” experience.

Ideally, giving the child an example, or lead, to follow is not done expressly to influence him, but means doing what one has to do normally: Oh really, you mean happiness is just around the corner, if only I follow these steps When he realises the playpen is in fact no good for his children, he destroys it immediately.

May 21, Frank Jude rated it liked it Shelves: Left alone the babies would chirp or howl and contniuum predators and she would instinctively avoid this at all costs.

The way Liedloff describes it, she seems to advocate just completely ignoring young babies as one goes about their daily life. Sometimes she gets a little overly continuhm, but considering how old that book is, she is quiet right. She regularly updates her blog with delicious, wholesome recipes, and lifestyle tips for moms seeking to live motherhood to the fullest.

In contrast, a baby subjected to modern Western childbirth and child-care practices often experiences I agree that we need to trust our parental instincts more and occasionally tell the experts and pediatricians to bug off. Asking the question of how humans evolved and how this impacts the needs of babies conginuum important.

Spock to learn how to raise their young. To my civilized view, he seemed a master of keeping dontinuum feelings to himself, and I therefore expected that in the present situation he would be making a terrific effort not to cry or to let his companions see him in such a state.


The good news here is that we can quit blaming our parents for screwing us up, because the entire society is screwed up. And I never had any postpartum issues. She presents us with compelling descriptions of both ways of life, and these fit nicely with studies done by many others. Liedloff is often called the mother of attachment parenting, and lots of parents I trust recommended this book to me.

I’m thankful that Liedoff has shared her experience and observations with us.

Sep 19, Tucker rated it it was ok. The Indians were intelligent, and they knew how to reason, but for them intellect was a servant of instinct. Sign up for my newsletter and never miss a post! We wage a war of wills: Aug 29, Roslyn rated it did not like it.

Most people don’t fall out of bed as adults and I experienced even some kind of rigidiy, when even my cat slept next to my body or on liedlotf body when I was little.

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For an infant, these include such experiences as The prelude explains you will – or should – feel very guilty, now you have been introduced to ‘correct’ child raising techniques.

Children find comfort in repetition. There’s a lot of cconcept material on the social tendencies of humans, and I appreciate the alternative view of child-rearing in the Yequana culture. As that impulse diminished with cojtinuum, the next strongest came to the fore. No one fussed but everyone understood. Her book is based on her experiences while living with the Yequana, and discusses in particular their style of child-rearing and its fundamental effect on their later lives.

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Liedloff died on March 15, in Sausalito, California. What I took from it was a different way to think about the interaction of myself with these little people ‘my’ kids –well, I read it when I first had my older son and was studying to become a La Leche League Leader–and the environment we all interacted within daily. Nothing like a fawn, who just waits till the mother returns.