Parenting Techniques for Babies

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In western culture, babies are bombarded with distractions. This is not only to keep them occupied, but also to keep the parents content with the behavior of the child. The prevailing parenting technique in our culture, therefore, seems to be that of constantly stimulating the child in order to somehow produce some sort of super baby. With new distractions and studies arriving daily that are meant to boost the earliest form of intellect within the child, you would expect the babies who are raised in this society to end up being geniuses by the age of 5. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. When all is said and done, a baby is still a baby. This is something that the mothers in a small village within Opuwo, Namibia, have never forgotten. This is not to say that the childrearing techniques in this African culture do not attempt to progress the child’s intellect and wellbeing, but rather that this culture’s techniques are more deeply rooted within its intrinsic and historical values.
Ponijao, the baby that is focused on within the small community located in Namibia, is a joyful and spirited girl who is surrounded by other children and mothers. She has eight brothers and sisters, and is constantly surrounded by one of them. The fact that we never see her father is odd, considering every other baby that is focused on within the film has both a father and mother visually present. However, it would be too easy an answer to just assume that her father figure is simply not present within her life. As the lifestyle of this community depends on a more traditional familial structure, it can be assumed that Ponijao’s father and the other adult males are away most of the time collecting various resources the village needs to survive. The...

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...on to the lifestyle of those in urban settings, I believe that their traditions and values that are implemented within their child rearing techniques are of extreme benefit to the development of their children, strengthening their understanding and appreciation of the culture they have been born into and its history.

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