Mary Barnard

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The Paradox of Natural Mothering by Chris Bobel
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book comprises a write-up of Bobel's phd thesis on a study of 32 Earth mothers. She is mainly concerned with her quest of pin-pointing just where Earth motherdom stands in relation to feminism. She is interested in the concept that these mothers are both regressive and progressive in their life-styles. They can be compared to the idealised, devoted, full-time 1950's mother, and yet they also practice some relatively radical parenting, which puts them on the fringe rather than in the mainstream of society.
I found this debate fascinating, but I would have liked to hear more about the actual logistics and practicalities of life as a woman living within the confines of 'natural'… Read more
Blackbox by Nick Walker
Blackbox by Nick Walker
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Gripping and intriguing, I couldn't get this novel out of my head while I was reading it, or for days afterwards. The plot and the format are so original and clever, my brain was engaged until the end, and longer while I pieced it all together. The reader is kept on their toes by seemingly throw-away sentences which turn out to be highly significant to the story, so you have to concentrate. But Walker credits his audience with the intelligence to cope with this.
The story involves a fascinating collection of dysfunctional characters, who, through various twists of fate and many of life's little ironies, find that a healthy conscience can catch up with you in a big way, whether over… Read more
You Are Your Child's First Teacher by Rahima Baldwin
84 of 85 people found the following review helpful
This has fast become one of my favourite parenting books. It introduced me to Steiner's philosophy on child development age 0-6, and it loyally and sensitively updates the application of Steiner's approach for today's times. I noticed that the author is rated as one of the top pioneers of natural parenting on the uk NP website, up there with Leboyer, Steiner himself, Leidloff and the like. This comfirmed for me that this is an important book, and should certainly have a place on the shelves of pre-school settings, particularly in the U.K. and U.S., where children start their formal education at such a young age.

I have always had a vague uneasy feeling about certain toys:… Read more

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