The Continuum Concept: in search of lost happiness by Jean Liedloff

In a town like Eugene, where it is commonplace to see parents, particularly of infants, maintain a bonding of closeness through holding and carrying apparatuses such as slings, frontpacks, and backpacks; this book affirms the importance of carrying that closeness and bonding from the womb and birthing process, and into that child’s first, most impressionable months. 

An (disputed) Anthropology classic, Liedloff describes the practices of a native population (she doesn’t disclose which one in particular, leaving validity suspect) who put the needs of their infants as a high community priority.  Infants live “in arms” for their first year: always held by many nurturers to foster an infant’s security and closeness…

Reviewed by Lisa Marie


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