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April 30, 2021 35 min
Dr. Michaeleen Doucleff is the author of the New York Times best-seller Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans. In this interview, she tells us about the circumstances that inspired her own "aha" parenting moment, and then the book. While on assignment in the Yucatan as a reporter for NPR's Science Desk, Michaeleen saw children helping around the house, unprompted and unapplauded. She wondered how her own life back in the United States, with a tantruming preschooler and chaotic household, could be so different. It inspired Michaeleen's exploration of how the tenets of WEIRD parenting (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic) differ from those of more ancient civilizations, and how we might all restore a little sanity by unlearning some of our Western ways. Follow Michaeleen on Twitter @foodiescience and on her website: Special thanks to this month's sponsors:?? a boutique marketplace featuring the latest in women’s fashion, accessories, home decor, children’s clothing, and more. You will not believe the prices!?Visit? Parade makes creative underwear and bralettes in a variety of sizes from extra small to 3 XL.?Supersoft, super-cute, and prices that start at $8! Get 25% off when you spend $40 or more at with code WFH.? Zocdoc has you covered! Whether you need a primary care physician, dentist, dermatologist, psychiatrist, eye doctor, or any other specialist, you can find top doctors at Audible has everything you love to listen to, INCLUDING?this podcast, all in one app! Try Audible free for 30 days by going to, or by texting FRESH to 500-500. Pharmaca?is a source you can trust for herbal and homeopathic formulas, high-quality vitamins, and organic cruelty-free beauty. Go to? now to save 20% off your first order! Workplace Comedy Podcast?is a hilarious new improv podcast set in a fictional water bottling company, hosted by Emmy Laybourne and Tracy Vilar and a lineup of amazing comedy guests. Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts! Betterhelp?allows you to connect with a counselor over text, phone, or video — and everything you say is confidential. Start living a happier life today! Get 10% off your first month by visiting? KiwiCo?projects make science, technology, engineering, art, and math super fun! Get 50% off your first month plus FREE shipping on any crate line at? code?MOTHERHOOD. StoryWorth??gives your loved ones the gift of spending time together, wherever you live! Go to? to get $10 off.?? Bright Cellars?is the wine subscription box that pairs you with wine you'll love, delivered to your door. Get 50% off your first 6 bottle order by heading to? Membrasin?is the totally natural, estrogen-free, clinically proven feminine dryness formula. It works! Go to? use the code FRESH to get 10% off. Prose?is the healthy hair regimen with your name all over it!??Get 15% off your first order today! Go to? Barre3’s workouts combine?cardio, strength conditioning, and mindfulness in one workout.?Go to? enter promo code FRESH to unlock 75% off monthly and annual subscriptions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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