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  •  Papua New Guinean Child Rearing. (1+ / 0-)
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    When I was teaching in Papua New Guinea, I got to travel into the rural highlands areas where some of my students came from and visited their small villages.  Many of these villages had probably been operating in the same manner for thousands of years.

    Children were highly valued, so much so that babies were never left alone, but were always in the arms of a mother, father, aunt, uncle or cousin or neighbor.  Families lived and slept in one room huts similar to our nuclear families, but the daily interactions with their neighbors was a constant social factor.

    All village members took responsibility for supervising the kids as they grew up.  One of the results of these care-taking was that although my students were between the ages of 17 and 22 or so, they were incredibly emotionally stable and mature for their ages, much more so than most American kids I had observed.  My students were close to their nuclear families but being a member of a their village, clan or tribe, was a key factor in their self-identities.  

    I believe that being raised in very small communities and receiving the constant attention and physical closeness to their families and neighbors was one of the reasons for the emotional security and maturity of my students.

    My Papua New Guinean friends were appalled at the American practice of forcing babies and young children to sleep separate from their parents.  They considered this dangerous for the children and tantamount to child abuse.

    Convict Bush, Cheney and their torture cabal. Support universal health care,unions, WikiLeaks and Occupy Wall Street! Time for a totally new, democratic economic system. Turn the corporations into worker cooperatives!

    by Justina on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 07:39:45 PM PDT

    •  I remember Margaret Mead saying (1+ / 0-)
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      that she can tell a lot about a society by how they treat their children. She said in most of the so-called primitive societies, you will never hear a baby cry. Someone will always be there to comfort that baby.

      I often thought of that when I heard babies in my neighborhood crying for hours at a time. Where did we get the idea that it was okay? or "good for their lungs?"

      ❧To thine ownself be true

      by Agathena on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 10:27:33 PM PDT

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