The importance of community when raising children

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Having a village to raise kids in is so crucial to their development. Hillary Clinton once wrote a book called, "It Takes a Village." The truth is, a traditional family, with a stressed out mother with a family living in the suburbs, is not a normal way to have a family. What's normal -- I'm talking about our biology and our hunter/gather history -- is to have an encampment or village; a multi-generational caregivers that could include older teenagers, grandmothers, aunties, nannies, sisters, cousins. Through this, children's brains actually develop better because every time a baby relates to an adult, they actually almost get a new college degree. They figure out, that one doesn't talk to me and that makes weird gestures. They are able to learn communication. Neuropathways develop in their brain and the amount of people that have attachments to them. When a young mother has a new baby, the most important thing she has to do in our modern future, to go to those baby groups. Those baby groups are not for the babies, by the way. Those mom groups are so that moms can find some sisters out there to help them raise that baby. Get out of the house as soon as you can. Join them in music classes, baby yoga; whatever you can do to build that village, so that you have other women to rely on in their village.

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Wendy Walsh, PhD

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Dr. Wendy Walsh was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work as co-host on The Dr. Phil spinoff, The Doctors TV show. She also hosts Investigation Discovery Network’s “Happily NEVER After,” as well as being part of Dr. Drew’s Behavior Bureau on HLN Network. On CNN and 9 Network, Australia, she breaks down the psychology of sex, love, gender roles, divorce, parenting and other human behaviors. Dr. Wendy is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at California State University, Channel Islands. She holds a B.A. in Journalism, a Masters degree in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and is the author of three books and numerous publications, including The 30-Day Love Detox. She appears regularly on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, The Steve Harvey Show, The O’Reilly Factor, Inside Edition, The Katie Couric Show, Jane Velez-Mitchell, and The View.

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