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In this groundbreaking book, Dr Michaeleen Doucleff looks back to our ancestors for solutions to our failing modern-day parenting theories.

When Dr. Michaeleen Doucleff became a mother, she examined the studies behind modern parenting guidance and found that the evidence was frustratingly limited, and the conclusions often ineffective. She began to wonder if an opposite approach was needed - one founded on traditional wisdom, like the knowledge and experience passed down over hundreds, even thousands, of years within ancient cultures.

With her young daughter in tow, she travelled across the world to observe and practice parenting strategies alongside families in three of the world's most venerable communities: Maya families in Mexico, Inuit families above the Arctic Circle and Hadza families in Tanzania.

Dr. Doucleff soon learned that these cultures don't have the same problems with children that Western parents do. Most strikingly, parents build a relationship with young children that is vastly different from the one many Western parents develop, built on co-operation instead of control; trust instead of fear; and personalized needs instead of standardized development milestones.

In Hunt, Gather, Parent, Doucleff introduces us to families where parents help little ones learn to control their emotions and reduce tantrums by the parents themselves controlling their own frustrations; foster self-sufficiency by safely giving kids the autonomy to manage risks and explore their limits; and motivate children to help with chores without using bribes or threats. Doucleff also talks to psychologists, neuroscientists, anthropologists and sociologists and explains how the tools and tips can impact children's mental health and development.

Packed with practical takeaways, Hunt, Gather, Parent helps us rethink the ways we relate to our children, and reveals a universal parenting paradigm adapted for modern American families.

©2021 Michaeleen Doucleff (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Fantastic book with interesting viewpoints

I loved this book, Michaeleens novel approach, complete honesty and great storytelling technique gave me a powerful new way to think about raising little people.

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Great read

Loved listening to this book and gaining insight on how these other cultures raise their kids with success. So refreshing to read and such simple techniques that make so much sense.

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Really Great!

Ancestrally consistent recommendations from a well researched author who was willing to learn from wise teachers.

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Absolutely wonderful!

I would never normally even think of reading a parenting book, but this one is very special. I absolutely loved hearing about Michaeleen and Rosie’s adventures. And the insights from around the globe are incredibly interesting and enlightening. An all round excellent read!

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The worst parenting book I know so far

... my, this book is a bad joke.

Having a PhD in chemistry and education in the wine fermenting space, the author feels presumptuous enough to advise in the area she neither has experience nor any qualifications.

Verily, you can pick up better advice by visiting the playground and chatting with moms/nanas/carers, let alone professional child psychologists and pediatricians.

Maybe the author did an excellent job covering the Ebola outbreak, but her "ability to perform research" does not translate to her ability to interpret the research adequately. Still, the "research" she did for this book is very controversial.

The cherry on top - the author advises to scare children with the monsters, having each one for each problematic situation.

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  • 16-03-2021

A revelation

I devoured this book, which has been a total revelation to me. I will listen again shortly, and am already putting the ideas into practice. Doucleff's story of her own Western parenting resonated so strongly with me, and it feels like a weight has already been lifted just to consider other ways of parenting.

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  • 05-03-2021

Game changer

This book is one of these few book which will shake your world and change your view on parenting the way we are told to do so.

The narrator does certain throat screaching noises which remind me the letter ein in arabic which were annoying while listening to it. The audio wasn't perfect. Once whole sentence was repeated twice.

Last three hours were little boring. The book was way too long. The content could be simplified in just about under two hours but it was enjoyable and entertaining to listen it.

I hope to read more from this author in the future.

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