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Welcome to Evolved Nest's book reviews! My name is Dr. Darcia Narvaez and I’m here with Mary Tarsha. We are both at the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Psychology and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.
In these book review podcasts, we discuss books aimed at parents and how they align or not with humanity’s evolved nest and with child thriving. First a quick review of the evolved nest.
Humans evolved to be nested. Humanity’s nest for young children helps optimize children's development, fostering thriving, flourishing and resilience capacities in children of all ages. The evolved nest includes soothing gestation and birth, on-request extensive breastfeeding and positive moving touch (no negative touch), a welcoming social climate, self-directed play with multiple aged mates, warmly responsive nurturing from mother and others, Nature immersion and connection, and healing practices to repair miscommunication or hurts.
Child thriving includes Physical health, Happiness and wellbeing, Self-acceptance and appreciation, Self control, Emotional Intelligence, Sociality & social skills, Empathy, Perspective taking, Kindness, and Active curiosity.
See the checklists for what to look for in a nested life in early childhood, childhood, and adulthood here. You can also discover more about the Evolved Nest's nine components in our Self-Directed Learning Center.
Darcia Narvaez, PhD, and Mary Tarsha
Darcia Narvaez and Mary Tarsha review the new book by Oprah Winfrey and Bruce Perry. They look at the book through the lens of the Evolved Nest to find if the components for life-long wellness for human wellbeing are found in the book. They give the book two thumbs up!
Darcia Narvaez and Mary Tarsha review Michaeleen Doucleff’s book, Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy Helpful, Little Humans. "We give this book two thumbs down in terms of it not being heart-centered and providing the evolved nest."
What does empathic parenting look like in the first few years? Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker show us in their book, Attached at the Heart: Eight Proven Parenting Principles for Raising Connected and Compassionate Children.
In 1975, Jean Liedloff shocked Americans with her book, The Continuum Concept: In Search of Happiness Lost. Read the post that also frames this discussion here.
Dr. Darcia Narvaez and Mary Tarsha, from the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Psychology and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, review the Science of Parenting.
Darcia Narvaez and Mary Tarsha review Brain-Based Parenting: The Neuroscience of Caregiving for Healthy Attachment
Attachment specialists guide readers through the intricate web of neuronal processes, hormones, and chemicals that drive―and sometimes thwart―our caregiving impulses..