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Stone Age families didn't spank and relied on multiple caregivers to raise their kids, research claims.
It sounds like Noble Savage silliness to me - the idealization of the primitive - although I am sure stone-age tribal people did share in watching the kids. Tribal kid-watching still makes sense today. The nuclear nucular family is a socio-cultural aberration.
Not to burst the caveman parenting bubble, but one can cuddle, wear, breast feed on demand for years, adore, talk to, love, a child and they may still be diagnosed autistic. Or develop some horrendous problem later in life. It's all genetic...
I am always suspicious of the studies hyping multiple caregivers as they usually include saying that the biological parents don't need to be the primary caregivers of the child. The most telling bit is the last line: the mother saying that she can cuddle her kid and do Facebook at the same time. That's why she wants multiple caregivers, so she doesn't have to do her job as a mom...Sad, really, as even if the baby may be happy being passed around like a football, the mother would probably have been far more happy taking care of her kids those first few years. I know I was. Women have been sold a bill of goods and stupidly bought it: that careers, and material stuff are better than time with our children. The kids know otherwise...
Oh my... They had "hours of unstructured play." Well, that sounds good - even preteen, I usually enjoyed some hours "unstructured" time each day (well, it was the Fifties) - but then, what "structured" play was available? Little League? Hockey?
Breast feeding, OK - but through age SIX?!?
"Cavemoms and dads didnít spank their kids." And you know this because, well, you never saw them doing so, right?
"As one example, college kids today are about 40 percent less empathetic (a trait measured by standardized tests) compared to college students just 30 years ago, a study from the University of Michigan found." Gosh, is that not about the same amount of time that parents were told/forced never to spank, or even enforce a "time out" sitting alone?
Mind, when I say "spank" I am thinking one or two taps on the fully-clothed rump, not beating with a belt. Or a [large] bone from last night's dinner.
Reminds me GK Chesterton's, Everlasting Man . wherein he blasts "science" of presumptuousness;
It is necessary to say plainly that all this ignorance is simply covered by impudence. Statements are made so plainly and positively that men have hardly the moral courage to pause upon them and find that they are without support. The other day a scientific summary of the state of a prehistoric tribe began confidently with the words 'They wore no clothes! Not one reader in a hundred probably stopped to ask himself how we should come to know whether clothes had once been worn by people of whom everything has perished except a few chips of bone and stone. Part1 Chapter 2A, Professors and Prehistoric Men.