The Anti-Vaxxer Caused Measles Outbreak is an All-American Crisis | Fatherly

Maybe that’s okay, but it’s also an unprecedented experiment. For most of human history, parenting has been a communal endeavor. For thousands of years, children were reared in what psychologists refer to as “The Evolved Nest.” In hunter-gatherer societies, this is still normal. Touch is nearly constant, responsiveness to baby’s needs is universal, adult caregivers are ubiquitous, and free play with multiple-aged playmates is encouraged. Unfortunately, this model doesn’t work too well in an agricultural setting and definitely doesn’t work in industrialized countries, where childhood is more about discipline and joining the labor force. In a post-industrial society, all bets are pretty much off. And that’s where we stand: Individuals are raising kids, but not with the clear purpose of putting them to work. Parents are raising kids to reflect their values and ideas. …

Source: The Anti-Vaxxer Caused Measles Outbreak is an All-American Crisis | Fatherly

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