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Melvin Konner, PhD, anthropologist and author of The Evolution of Childhood, and I sit down to talk his time spent with the !Kung San hunter gatherer society in Africa. We discuss:
-what a typical day for a !Kung mother/father looked like
-how mothers were cared for during and after birth, and how babies were welcomed into a social community from the first few hours of life
-typical co-sleeping, breastfeeding, and child spacing in this band
-the emphasis on community and shared childrearing (alloparenting)
-what we can learn from the !Kung's "indulgent" parenting style
-practical ways we can incorporate aspects of a hunter gatherer lifestyle into our modern-day lifestyles
Check out Mel's books and articles: www.melvinkonner.com
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