Joseph Chilton Pearce
- Title: Magical Child
- Author: Joseph Chilton Pearce
- ISBN: 9780452267893
- Page: 324
- Format: Paperback
An innovative, philosophical restructuring of modern child psychology Magical Child, a classic work, profoundly questioned the current thinking on childbirth pratices, parenting, and educating our children Now its daring ideas about how Western society is damaging our children, and how we can better nurture them and oruselves, ring truer than ever From the very instant An innovative, philosophical restructuring of modern child psychology Magical Child, a classic work, profoundly questioned the current thinking on childbirth pratices, parenting, and educating our children Now its daring ideas about how Western society is damaging our children, and how we can better nurture them and oruselves, ring truer than ever From the very instant of birth, says Joseph Chilton Pearce, the human child has only one concern to learn all that there is to learn about the world This planet is the child s playground, and nothing should interfere with a child s play Raised this way, the Magical Child is a a happy genius, capable of anything, equipped to fulfill his amazing potential.Expanding on the ideas of internationally acclaimed child psychologist Jean Piaget, Pearce traces the growth of the mind brain from brith to adulthood He connects the alarming rise in autism, hyperkinetic behavior, childhood schizophrenia, and adolescent suicide to the all too common errors we make in raising and educating our children Then he shows how we can restore the astonishing wealth of creative intelligence that is the brithright of every human being Pearce challenged all our notions about child rearing, and in the process challenges us to re examine ourselves Pearce s message is simple it is never too late to play, for we are all Magical Children.
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The biggest problem with this book is the fact that although much of it is science-based -- the author, Joe Pearce -- doesn't have a science-oriented degree (although he does have a Master of Arts degree and some "post-graduate studies" under his belt). Also, the text, although still highly relevant, is a bit outdated (1977).The main premise of the book is written on the cover: "this book will help you rediscover nature's plan for our children". And, really, Pearce does make a promising case, ex [...]
I gave up reading this book after 100 pages. I found it to be hard to read, depressing, and woefully out-of-date (written in the mid-1970s). While it's nice to know that we've come a long way (in the positive direction) since sedated childbirth and scheduled bottle feedings, the idealization of Ugandan women and the way they give birth and rear their children (up to age 4) is a bit ridiculous. I'd like to see the author go through childbirth! However, being a child of the 70s, I think I came out [...]
WOW. That's really all I can say. Not at all an "easy" read, but intense and life changing. Very few books have that power but this is definitely one of them.
wonderful. I didn't finish it, because its long and it was due back, but it was truly wonderful while it was relevant to me and the stage of development i was experiencing. I will borrow the book again in the future, after some time has passed, because it will be interesting to keep this book as a beacon towards raising an intelligent, intuitive self and child. Its a great counter-story to the fear and anxiety based development stories that exist, and it was incredibly refreshing to hear an Opti [...]
mind-blowing book, this is a re-read for me, wish I'd read it before I had my children . . . I agree with 90% or more of it, I only don't quite buy the premise of delayed education. Between this and Evolution's End, I think I read more into them the first time around, a little disappointed the second time for each, but the premises, the ideas are there that I am so for exploring some more! I definitely "got" more of the concrete concepts this time around, it might take a couple more times or exp [...]
An interesting idea- that children should be left to encounter the earth until about age 11. That all of our children have lost the connection to the planet by having to go to school so early. I wonder how he thought his readers should implement his ideas.I also didn't agree with his idea that women in 3rd world countries do birth better. They may do the emotional part of birthing betterif the baby and mother survive the birth process. With few hospitals, or clinics it's hard to see how their li [...]
This book is based on Jungian approach to child rearing. The claim is that by nature, a child is vividly exploratory and it is our culture that tames that out of him. In a rather new age claim to an almost eatern mysticism, this book would appeal to parents with high spirituality and less of an empericist attitude. I enjoyed this book, even though I am not particularly New Age in any way. It is still about balance and harmony of who we are.
It is a very interesting book that describes the child development from a new and provocative perspective: psychological, social, esoteric and spiritual. It is a good parenting book. I see it as an interesting complement to actual child development psychological theories.
This is by far, the second most important book I read while pregnant with my son. The first is Magical Child Matures, which is essentially a second edition of this book. But it is not a phoned in second edition. It contains substantive differences.
Everyone should read this book, especially when you become a parent. It changed my perspective and stirred many conversations with my husband.
Excellent synopsis of the brain stages; needs one or two good graphics to lay out what the text summarizes. Not prescriptive which I like.
3.5/5. Pearce's take on development is opinionated, but I think that the ideas he works with are mostly accurate. Yes, the work is heavily influenced by Piaget, but it was also first published in 1977. There are times when Pearce skates a little too close to the edge of woo (particularly in the chapter about child psychics and telepathy), but then, as the title "Magical Child" suggests, Pearce seems somewhat receptive to magic as a concept. The book suffers from Pearce's writing style, which isd [...]
I read this classic several time when it was first published in the late 70s and I found Pearce's attachment theory profound and supportive during the early years of my own parenting experience. I still recommend it to new parents and anyone studying childhood development and maturation. You do not want to miss the fascinating story included about the pygmy tribe, demonstrating the significance of bonding and the affect of separation on development.Martha Char Loveauthor of "What's Behind Your B [...]
"The human child has only one concern: to learn all that there is to learn about the world. This planet is the child's playground and nothing should interfere with a child's play. Raised this way, the Magical Child is a happy genius, CAPABLE OF ANYTHING, EQUIPPED TO FULFILL HIS AMAZING POTENTIAL."This isn't just about childbirth practices, parenting and educating children it's also about nurturing ourselves and seeing into light the "switches" that were turned off, that we can turn on again as a [...]
Although his writing is a bit thick and overly scientific for a parenting book, this is well worth the read. This is another one that I wish I had read before I had children. Most of his ideas will be strange or downright unacceptable to mainstream parents, but if you have an open mind and a desire to truly understand your child's early development, then put this one on your parenting shelf.
This should be required reading for parenthood. It played a major role in how I raise my kids, in my decision to homeschool, and how I relate to kids in general. Some of the ideas are pretty radical to the western world- though they are becoming less and less so.
Excellent work, profoundly influential on my life as a parent. Recently re-read since I am about to become a grandparent.
stetson and stratford
This is a fascinating parenting book. Although it meanders towards the end, there is wisdom abound about how to raise your child to meet his/her potential.
Excellent read- it's so important to let your children try things. Being over protective hinders their ability to learn and understand the world.
Highly recommend to all parents and those planning to become parents!
A little over whelming to read as a mother.But gives great insight into how truely amazing a child is!
Very detailed, but interesting.
anyone heard of this book? it seems familiar to me, but i din't know why
A magical and researched look at child, development and spirit. Recommended for anyone.
excellent argument for midwife assisted natural birth, a little lofty, philosophy and theory wise
I think that if all parents read this book the world couldn't help but be forever altered and happy.
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