Keep your children as close to you as possible to increase good qualities in them

Baby holding fingerBasic parenting methods are very much helpful for the children. These are the methods, which have been abandoned by the parents in the west but are applied in the more traditional societies in the world as said by Jared Diamond, professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles and the Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist.

He discussed in the recently published book, “The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?” that the traditional child raising methods could increase good qualities in children such as confidence and curiosity.”

He is of the opinion that it is not necessary to test the methods on children individually, we can look at the different societies and take the results.

He said, “It would be impossible, illegal, or immoral to carry out rigorous controlled experiments on Western children, in order to test outcomes of different child-rearing methods.

But a huge variety of different methods has in effect already been tested by natural experiments: different societies have been raising their children differently for a long time, and we can see the results.

“Carrying your baby upright and facing forward may result in a more self-assured child.”

He added, “We are struck by how emotionally secure, self-confident, curious, and autonomous the members of those small-scale societies are, not only as adults but already as children.

“That’s surely the result of how they are raised as children. I think that we can foster those admirable qualities in our own children, by emulating some hunter-gatherer child-rearing practices.”

Some of the traditional skills and procedures such as permitting the children to sleep with the parents, comforting the crying baby in no time, having a good level of physical contact with them, and carrying them upright and facing outward can help in the better development of the babies.

“Much anecdotal evidence indicates that such techniques can also benefit our own children. We humans lived as hunter-gatherers for hundreds of thousands of years.

“We moderns can learn from what worked well for such a long time. It is only relatively recently that some of these traditional child-rearing practices became unfashionable. I suggest that it’s time to consider some of them seriously again.”

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