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"Imagine if someone wrote a book like that about sex! 'At 9pm, touch the nipple for 10 minutes.'

Wow, I really loved that quote. I was reading this article about a Spanish doctor. Dr Carlos Gonzalez is the author of "Kiss me" and "My child won't eat."

 

If you've read some of my posts you will know I'm pretty relaxed when it comes to parenthood and believe in listening to my children and my instinct.

 

So often, you will find books dictating you the rules of parenthood. This guy however offers a more relaxed attitude to parenting.

 

He said: "Have you ever been fed? It's actually really stressful to have someone come at you with a fork [it is; try it]. How would you like it if you were never allowed to control your own portion size and made to eat things you didn't like?"

Makes you think, doesn'it? Certainly made me smile.

He explains that Kiss Me is about "all the forbidden things you're not meant to do as a parent, like pick up your baby, co-sleep with your baby, let your baby feed itself, etc. If you do these things [some books and people would have you believe] your baby will become a tyrant."

The book was partly inspired by something he saw one morning at his clinic. He stopped to chat to the receptionist and in the waiting room was a mother with her baby in a pram. The baby was crying, but the mother didn't pick him up. Eventually Gonzalez said: "What an angry baby, I think he needs a cuddle."

Immediately the mother picked up her baby and it calmed down. "But you paediatricians say it isn't good to pick them up," she said. "She hadn't picked her baby up," says Gonzalez, "because I – a paediatrician – was in the room." He suddenly realised how much power doctors wield where baby raising is concerned. Yet, doctors aren't trained in how to advise on it.

 

And the final gem

Just as I leave, we talk about a famous childcare author who is publishing another book. "I saw her book," he says. "At 2pm, you have to do this for 15 minutes," he mimics. "Imagine if someone wrote a book like that about sex! 'At 9pm, touch the nipple for 10 minutes.'" Imagine.

Lol, I believe it might have been done. But would you go for that?

 

A book that questions your attitude and make you look at things from your baby's point of view. I think i like the sound of that.

Read the article here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/may/28/carlos-gonzalez-doctor-parents-break-rules

Elle · 1945 days ago
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  •  Marta: 
     
    Such a wonderful woman you are Elle.
     
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  •  AnaLewis: 
     
    What a hilarious concept! You are the perfect person to pull this off. But, of course, you know that. :) Brilliant.
     
     1944 days ago 
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"Imagine if someone wrote a book like that about sex! 'At 9pm, touch the nipple for 10 minutes.'