It is difficult to have an unbroken civilization when we begin breaking children at birth... when we lack compassion, empathy, and *involvement* in loving babies and children (responding readily to their cues and needs), supporting mothering (or gentle/conscious parenting in general). When we raise detached, isolated, anxious, lonely babies/children into detached, isolated, anxious, lonely adults, what do we expect to happen along the way?
Peacefully parenting all little ones (no matter their sex) from the very beginning can powerfully and positively break this destructive cycle that has become ubiquitous in the United States and is overflowing now with its disarray.
A gently parented child who has been loved intensely, and responded to without fail, who has been tuned-into, heard, and shown compassion, by a well-supported parent, from birth onward does not grow to kill.
Pick up your baby. Respond to their cues. Hold them. Wear them. Rock them. Keep them intact. Keep them close. Snuggle down at night safely beside them. Show them that they can trust you, and trust this world around them. Show them what love feels like, so they won’t need to doubt that it exists. This time is short and fleeting, but impacts a *lifetime* to come.
If there are just two books that would do the world good for everyone to read, and put into practice, it would be these:
[and the many reasons that genital cutting at birth, neglect, leaving a baby to cry alone, not responding to cues, and general lack of affection forever hurts a baby, child, and adult]
[how gentle, conscious parenting of babies and children can break cycles of destruction and lead to healthy, happy adults of tomorrow]
Where are all the happy babies?
Dr. David Chamberlain on Smiling Babies and Civilization
Babies Know More Than You Think:
Peaceful Parenting: Giving Babies the Best Start in Life
Cosleeping and Biological Imperatives: Why Human Babies Do Not and Should Not Sleep Alone
Primal Love and Mothering
Windows to the Womb: Revealing the Conscious Baby from Conception to Birth
Primal Health: Understanding the Critical Period Between Conception and the First Birthday
The Scientification of Love
Peaceful Parenting Group
Gentle Parenting Discussion Groups by Topic
Dr. David Chamberlain on Smiling Babies