Our first days and months of life are critical in forming the attitudes we bring into adulthood and in structuring the very roots of our personality. Simple bonding techniques are at the core of a new model of conscious parenting that can produce happy and well-adjusted children. These practices, also, help parents experience an increased joy and intimacy both with their child and with each other. Based on obstetric and psychological evidence, Jeffrey and Dalit Fine reveal how bonding begins in the womb and that the physical and mental preparation of both the father and mother, even before conception, sets the tone for the future well-being of the child. They show how sustained physical contact and simple ways of consciously interacting with your infant - eye contact with the newborn, baby-carrying instead of pushchair use and sleeping together - have an observable positive effect. They, also, show that the green parenting practices of breast-feeding, contact with nature and simple low-tech creative play, t only provide a more hands-on and intimate approach to parenting, but, also, are more ecomical and environmentally sustainable. From in-utero bonding through the challenges and joys of consciously interacting with your growing child, this book will help parents rediscover and apply the natural art of conscious parenting. * Explains the importance of bonding with your child in the womb and the physical and mental preparation needed even before conception * Shows how green parenting - breast-feeding, contact with nature and low-tech creativity - can enhance your child's life
Jeffrey L. Fine, Ph.D., is a psychologist with an interactive web-based therapy practice and founder and director of the American Foundation for Conscious Parenting. Dalit Fine, M.S., is a family counselor and psychotherapist. Both are members of the Association for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health. They live in Israel and the United States with their son.