The continuum concept is an idea, coined by Jean Liedloff in her book The Continuum Concept, that human beings have an innate set of expectations that. The Continuum Concept has ratings and reviews. Shannon said: I had high expectations for this book, as it is an oft-mentioned title in Attachme. Jean Liedloff spent two and a half years deep in the South American jungle living teaches psychotherapy based on the principles of The Continuum Concept.

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In the 70s, Jean Liedloff stayed with an Amazonian tribe for reasons completely unrelated to parenting. This fateful trip changed her lifeā€¦ And the life of many women around the globe who believed in a gentler way to parent. What did Jean Liedloff discover?

Happier, in fact, than pretty liddloff any Western parent around.

Here are the top 5 reasons why the Continuum Concept was misunderstood, and what we can do about it. But, the Yequana children actually did have a scheduled life.

It was just a different kind of scheduling. In the morning, people would wake up, some chores had to be attended to, food had to be gathered or hunted, it had to be prepared, habitations might need fixing, clothes might need to be mended or made, etc.

I see a lot of Continuum moms just drifting from hour to hour, not quite sure what to do, not feeling like they have time to do anything, and with totally bored children. How do we fix this?

Follow a routine that children can understand, with steps they can anticipate. Maybe have a cleaning routine in the morning, then have your child help prepare lunch.


Then, after lunch, maybe have a quiet hour. You can sip a nice cup of tea at the same time, and nourish your soul. Replace quiet time with a walk in the forest, or go to a park.

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Have a similar routine everyday. Children find comfort in repetition. Instead, they should be part of the community as avid observers, ready to learn and imitate. But when it comes to our daily lives, it is one of the most comcept Continuum Concept guidelines to follow.

They want to learn from us, watch us as we interact with others, go through tasks, etc. How to remedy this? Create a routine, like mentioned in 1. This morning, I cleaned half of my house, and it was spotless by 11 am. Kitchen first, then dining room, then sitting room.

Before leaving, I set the table, placed a few books on the table Franklin eats better when I read to him and I left. Again, something Continuum mothers understand intuitively, yet fail to return to when joy disappears from their life. We are so far removed from the tribal Yequana life that we often feel the lack of joy is inevitable in our world. Now with my 2nd child, I see adults every day. I talk to some, and not to others. Sometimes, good old solitary Joanna wants to bury herself in her tablet and organize her inbox while Franklin plays.

But the point is, I have a choice. I can totally chat with other moms while I bounce Nick in the Moby and Franklin runs with other kids. Jean Liedloff definitely recommended carrying the baby at all times.

As it turns out, she was carrying the baby constantly, and no one was helping her. In tribal societies, a lot of different people close to the child care for him or her.


In one of her last interviews, Jean Liedloff discussed this issue of choices. They want a strong, confident part who will give one choice only, and everyone follows. To avoid this, whenever liedlofv feel unhappy as a parent, think about what lifdloff causing you trouble. Are you feeling lonely? Are you the only care taker of your child? Motherhood should be a happy, blissful journey, not one of struggle! Your email address will not be published. Sign up for my newsletter and never miss a post!

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