The Continuum Concept

The Continuum Concept

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The Continuum Concept introduces the idea that in order to achieve optimal physical, mental and emotional development, human beings - especially babies - require the kind of instinctive nurturing as practiced by our ancient relatives. It is a true 'back to basics' approach to parenting.

Author Jean Liedloff spent two and-a-half years in the jungle deep in the heart of South America living with indigenous tribes and was astounded at how differently children are raised outside the Western world. She came to the realisation that essential child-rearing techniques such as touch, trust and community have been undermined in modern times, and in this book suggests practical ways to regain our natural well-being, for our children and ourselves.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 11mm | 127g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reissue.
  • 014019245X
  • 9780140192452
  • 103,876

Table of contents

How my ideas were so radically changed; the continuum concept; the beginning of life; growing up; deprivation of essential experiences; society; putting continuum principles back to work.
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About Jean Liedloff

Jean Liedloff has written for the Sunday Times and was a founding member of the Ecologist magazine. She lectures and broadcasts around the world to students, doctors, parents, psychotherapists and the general public. She lives in London.
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Rating details

2,654 ratings
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2 6% (163)
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I truly believe that any parents-to-be should read this book. I, however, am not, but found it very interesting and have definitely learnt a thing or two for when the time comes. Among other things, the book questions our modern Western approach to parenting and encourages thoughts of a different approach, which has worked in other parts of the world for a very long time. Does our current mainstream approach leave children growing up without a vital need fulfilled, and are we too hard on children and babies that just need to be against their mother? I certainly know I will be putting much of what is discussed here into practise in a few years. I sent an early wedding gift of this book to a friend, both of whom have commented that they really loved it and learned a lot. Definitely work buying, borrowing, or otherwise finding a way to read!show more
by Alison Ball
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