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The Continuum Concept (Arkana) [Paperback]

Jean Liedloff
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23 Nov 1989 Arkana

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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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (23 Nov 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014019245X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140192452
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hold your baby! 26 April 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
My husband and I read this book 9 years ago, before the birth of our son, and it spoke to our hearts. Employing the simple idea that a baby who starts life in the womb shouldn't be abruptly separated from the mother after birth, we maintained almost constant contact with him for the first few months. I was amazed at some of the resistance, resentment, even hostility, people sometimes demonstrated when informed that we slept with our newborn and never left him to cry. All their protests were based on nothing but groundless fears -- "You'll roll over and smother him! You'll 'spoil' him!" Etc. Well, he became naturally more and more independent and separate at his own pace, not an arbitrarily imposed one (that's the "continuum" part), and weaned himself from the breast at 11 months, rather than at a time decided by the "experts" or demands of employment. He is now 9 years old, and is a wonderful, happy, secure, well-adjusted boy, and I never cease getting compliments from everyone who meets him on how considerate, engaging, empathetic, kind, and well socialized he is. I credit Liedloff's book for all of this. If I could give one message to all would-be parents, I would say: Don't buy into the lie that material things are what's important to provide your child, and if you yourself are so wrapped up in financial gain that you won't temporarily sacrifice it to bond with him the first year of life, you're selling yourselves short. Invest the first 6 months to 1 year of his life raising him in your arms, and you will be giving him, and yourself, more than a billion dollars could ever buy.
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Having spent the past year battling with contemporary opinion that babies need "controlled crying" and will be spoiled by "too much attention", it was wonderful to read that the constant carrying and cuddling I gave to my son was in fact what all babies need to thrive. Liedloff's decriptions of the South American people she stays with are fascinating, and the attitude towards childcare refreshing. The only down side is that some of the language and attitudes are dated ("civilised" and "savages") and perhaps she takes the point a little too far into variations of adult behaviour. Having said that - this book should be read by anyone contemplating parenthood!
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93 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book all pregnant women should read 12 Mar 2006
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I read this book when my children were five and two, I wish I had read it when pregnant for the first time. Then maybe I wouldn't have suffered with chronic PND for eighteen months after the birth of my first child. I would've listened to my instincts, believed in myself and in evolution and not listened to such tyrants as Gina Ford with their strategies and baby boot camp training. Anyone would think that babies were an alien race trying to ruin our lives instead of the pure and innocent vulnerable babies that they have been since time began. Thank you Ms Leidloff for changing my life for the better. READ THIS BOOK and bin all the parent centred rubbish that fills the shelves.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 29 April 2010
By Mrs. Z. L. Reynolds VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I think that this is a book which would benefit any parent or parent-to be. In it the author shows us that in Western countries most of us torture our infants by denying them their most basic need- human contact. We can see by looking at the behaviour of babies born to societies where babies are still carried and in constant contact with their parents that this is what babies both want and need and this book helps us to see how we can bring this concept of parenting into a Western lifestyle so our babies can be happier, more contented, cry a lot less and develop faster. Some may be upset when reading the book if they have been following the advice of mainstream 'parenting experts' as this book will tell you you have been torturing your baby, but if you can get past that it is well worth a look to get a radically different view of life with your baby which is less about trying to force a baby to fit in with a modern lifestyle which makes no sense to them and more about adapting your lifestyle to include a baby in a more organic way.
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68 of 75 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting,but not a 'bible'. 13 July 2001
Format:Paperback
I read this book after reading 'Three in a bed' by Deborah Jackson, which I thoroughly enjoyed and found to be useful, sensible and well-informed. Yes, the core concept rings true...and it has certainly worked for my baby, but as other people have said here, flexibility is so important, and no, we don't live in the jungle! I have also heard that Leidloff has been slightly misleading in that, although the Yequana babies did not kill themselves playing with the knives that are 'lying around', she did neglect to mention that many of them are scarred.... Basically, it's worth reading, but use your instincts and remember you are bringing up your child in a totally different world to the one discussed here, although I do believe that babies thrive on this concept of parenting. Read Deborah Jackson to get a more realistic take on it.
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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Less really is more 6 Oct 2003
Format:Paperback
This is the book I most wish I had read on leaving school; part adventure story, part philosophical treatise with many arresting, endearing and striking anecdotes it sets out with such burning clarity how our society creates the conditions for us to feel depressed, stressed and alienated. It is however, I feel, a very positive book and one I will come back to time and again; it explains how we can also achieve far greater happiness and harmony with others around us. It is a hymn to the quality of life,an illustration of the addictiveness and ultimate irrelevance of consumerism and an affirmation of the beauty and strength of the human spirit. Definately not to be confined to the shelves intended for prospective parents I would happliy give this book as a graduation present.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read
I like what liedloff is saying - keep your baby in arms before it's independently mobile, wear a sling and carry on with what you do normally, co-sleep. Read more
Published 3 days ago by leann
4.0 out of 5 stars An old one but oh so wise!
I read this book first in 1980 before my third child was born and changed the way I raised him, as a result. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Judith Barr
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book - still relevant
A wonderful book which is still as relevant today as it was when I first read it 34 years ago!
Published 1 month ago by Margot Slade-Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading
I first read this book before the birth of my first child 35 years ago. It is a must for anyone considering becoming a parent. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Glynda Bevan
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing book
It made me think of life in a completely different way.
I am very happy I've read this book before I have my own kids.
This book has probably changed my life.
Published 4 months ago by Rui Vareta
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book for mums and dads
I bought this for my son and daughter in law. Their son is one and a half. I read this book when my kids were young and used it as a guideline when bringing up my youngest (now... Read more
Published 5 months ago by grannygabalfa
4.0 out of 5 stars Simplicity is key
This book is great for making you realise that a simple life is a good life. It's a little heavy at times but overall makes a lot of sense.
Published 6 months ago by Sara
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep and thought provoking
A book that empowers you to trust yourself and your instincts when it comes to raising a child, rather than listening to all those 'artificial' modern theories and 'experts'.
Published 6 months ago by Miha M
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening
This book really opened my mind and it was the first of the path-making for conscious parenting. I really can't recommend it strongly enough, let it just be said that I grew a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Carte Coral Sarita Hutchings
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
Every young family should have it and the grandparents too. essential knowledge on how our little ones learn and form social relationships from day one.
Published 8 months ago by Frank Gebhardt
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