Welcome to Evolved Nest.org book reviews! My name 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.
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.
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