The Natural Child: Parenting
from the Heart
by Jan Hunt
Review by Derek Markham
The Natural Child is the instruction manual that should have come
with your child.
Jan Hunt's The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart has a
basic premise: Trust children. They may be small in size, but they
deserve to have their needs taken seriously. She calls it empathic
parenting: believing what we know in our heart to be true.
Peggy O'Mara, the publisher of Mothering magazine, writes in
Jan tells it like it is. Children and adults are not
different. We have the same feelings. Children who are disciplined
with love respond lovingly.
Children deserve to be treated with respect. As a parent, we get
conflicting messages about child-rearing. Our parents did it one
way, child psychologists tell us different, school teachers have
their opinion, the latest ideas in parenting are on TV, and they all
The Natural Child is golden. It offers age-old wisdom and
practical tips, all with love and compassion. The skills taught in
this book apply to all children, from newborns to teenagers and
This book makes a great gift for expecting parents, and can add
to even a seasoned parent's skills. I highly recommend it.