Act Natural

A Cultural History of Misadventures in Parenting

by Jennifer Traig

On Sale: 01/08/2019

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Act Natural

A Cultural History of Misadventures in Parenting

by Jennifer Traig

On Sale: 01/08/2019

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About the Book

From a distinctive, inimitable voice, a wickedly funny and fascinating romp through the strange and often contradictory history of Western parenting

Why do we read our kids fairy tales about homicidal stepparents? How did helicopter parenting develop if it used to be perfectly socially acceptable to abandon your children? Why do we encourage our babies to crawl if crawling won’t help them learn to walk?

These are just some of the questions that came to Jennifer Traig when—exhausted, frazzled, and at sea after the birth of her two children—she began to interrogate the traditional parenting advice she’d been conditioned to accept at face value. The result is Act Natural, hilarious and deft dissection of the history of Western parenting, written with the signature biting wit and deep insights Traig has become known for.

Moving from ancient Rome to Puritan New England to the Dr. Spock craze of mid-century America, Traig cheerfully explores historic and present-day parenting techniques ranging from the misguided, to the nonsensical, to the truly horrifying. Be it childbirth, breastfeeding, or the ways in which we teach children how to sleep, walk, eat, and talk, she leaves no stone unturned in her quest for answers: Have our techniques actually evolved into something better? Or are we still just scrambling in the dark?

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Critical Praise

“In Act Natural, Jennifer Traig brings wit and perspective to the grand stage of late-bloomer parenthood, infusing the by-now tired tropes of new family life with her own brand of zany common sense, irreverence, and deeply-researched understanding.  A fundamental parenting guide for parents uninterested in parenting guides.” - Elisa Albert, author of After Birth

“Meticulously researched, engagingly written, and often extremely funny, this excellent book will make you feel much better about your own lousy parenting techniques and decisions.” -  Neal Pollack, author of Alternadad

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062469809
  • ISBN 10: 0062469800
  • Imprint: Ecco
  • On Sale: 01/08/2019
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price:33.50 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Parenting / General
  • BISAC2 : HISTORY / Social History
  • BISAC3 : HUMOR / Topic / Marriage & Family

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