In “The Continuum Concept,” author Jean Liedloff suggests a ‘back to basics’ approach for parenting. Recognizing that we often neglect the basic needs of ourselves and our children as human beings, in our fast-paced modern, urbanized, and technologically and commercially driven culture, Liedloff offers an alternative. She introduces the idea that in order to achieve optimal physical, mental, and emotional development, human beings, especially babies, require the kind of instinctive nurturing as practiced by our ancient relatives.
After spending 2 1/2 years living in the jungles of South America with indigenous peoples, Liedloff was astounded at how differently children are raised outside the Western world. She came to the realization that essential child-rearing techniques, such as touch, trust, and community, have been undermined in modern times, especially in Western cultures. In this book, she suggests practical ways to regain our natural well-being, for our children and ourselves.