Monday, August 17, 2009

Natural Parenting, the Real Story

Natural Parenting is great in theory. It sounds good, feels good, shoot, the name even LOOKS good. But what is it? Is it some mystical set of acts that set some apart? Is it some new-fangled new religion? What exactly is this "new" movement? describes "Natural" as being:

1. existing in or formed by nature (opposed to artificial ): a natural bridge.
2. based on the state of things in nature; constituted by nature: Growth is a natural process.
3. of or pertaining to nature or the universe: natural beauty.
4. of, pertaining to, or occupied with the study of natural science: conducting natural experiments.
5. in a state of nature; uncultivated, as land.
6. growing spontaneously, without being planted or tended by human hand, as vegetation.
7. having undergone little or no processing and containing no chemical additives: natural food; natural ingredients. Compare organic (def. 11).

"Parenting" is decribed as:

1. the rearing of children: The schedule allows her very little time for parenting.
2. the methods, techniques, etc., used or required in the rearing of children: a course in parenting.
3. the state of being a parent; parenthood.

So I think we can safely say that "natural parenting" is parenting as you would in nature, unsullied by cultural perversion and disgust. Parenting in a way that you would were you a wild animal, free of chemicals.

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