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https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/jan/16/baby-advice-books-industry-attachment-parenting

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The diabolical genius of the baby advice industry
Human beings are born too soon. Within hours of arriving in the world, a baby antelope can clamber up to a wobbly standing position; a day-old zebra foal can run from hyenas; a sea-turtle, newly hatched in the sand, knows how to find its way to the ocean.

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Baby advice industry

The baby-advice industry targets people at their most vulnerable - at the start of the weightiest responsibility of their lives - and suggests that they have some information that will ensure the f...

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The two camps of parenting advice

  • Baby Trainers urge parents to get their newborn on to a strict schedule to integrate him into the rhythms of the household. 
  • Natural Parents em...

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Nobody really knows 

  • For a start, nobody can remember what it was like to be a baby.
  • Most parenting gurus only have direct experience of parenting two or three babies, which isn't much better as a sampl...

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Parents are anxious

Whether new parents try to follow advice from well-known parenting experts or rejecting outside expertise in favor of their own instincts, all guidance fails to quell anxiety away. You'll find your...

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Children were mostly "ignored"

For most of human history, children were largely ignored until they were old enough to begin contributing to the survival of household or tribe. It is only in our modern society that chi...

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Secure attachment

Parenting is not about using techniques or thinking in terms of methods. Anything as complex as a relationship between humans can't be reduced to a set of consciously manipulable variables.

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