Whatever Happened to Mother? traces the loss in human history of the biological nurturing mother that all children expect to have (in terms of their genetic inheritance) at birth. The book challenges the wisdom underlying contemporary infant care and child rearing by addressing such questions as:
Are our conventional infant care and child rearing practices detrimental to children's development?
Why do so many mothers no longer, or only minimally, mother their children?
Why do we believe that nurturing children will spoil them?
Why has bottle-feeding replaced nursing as the major way of feeding infants?
Why has the abuse of children been tolerated throughout centuries of civilization?
Why does our society have so many emotionally and socially deviant individuals?
The book is written in a narrative style in simple language, which makes it suitable for older children as well as adults. Underlying the story it tells is Dr. Kimmel's sound knowledge of child development, anthropology, the history of childcare, and the difficulties mothers (and fathers) today face in caring for their children. His message is an invitation to readers to question their own, and our societal, parental practices.
'A wonderfully fresh perspective on the issue of mothering in contemporary society. Everyone should read it.'
-Elliott Barker, M.D., Director, The Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
'Dr. Kimmel sheds some new light on the components of a healthy mother-child relationship, in a book that is easy to read, yet packed with sound theory and rationale.'
-Exerpt fron a book review. Reprinted with permission from the Nuturing Parent (November 1993 issue) -- An international newsletter supporting attachment-continuum parenting. P.O. Box 6191, Bismarck, ND 58506.
'There is a rare book about families that I can agree with 100% and this one is it!'
-Jeannine Parvati Baker in an excerpt from a book review. Reprinted with permission from the Pre and Perinatal Psychology Journal, Spring, 1995. Reviewed by Jeannine Parvati Baker, author of Prenatal Yoga & Natural Birth, Hygieia: A Woman's Herbal and, with Frederick Baker, Conscious Conception: Elemental Journey Through The Labyrinth Of Sexuality.
'Kimmel's easy to read style, simple language and uncomplicated presentation makes this a book that could be read not only by parents, but by growing teenagers. He touches on thoughts and ideas that many nurturing parents have, but seldom see in print.'
-Marnie Ko, Editor and Publisher, Nurturing Magazine