Michaeleen Doucleff, Ph.D. works as a correspondent for NPR’s Science Desk. In 2015 she was part of the team that won a George Foster Peabody Award for their coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. She holds a Doctorate in chemistry.
Doucleff’s new book is Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans. The book offers a variety of perspectives on parenting, with stories from Doucleff’s travels with her child, experiencing how families function and different parenting styles in a Mayan village in the Yucatan, an Inuit family in the Arctic Circle, and Hadzabe families in Tanzania.
Doucleff is a journalist, so her writing style is very accessible and direct. The book is well organized, and offers practical approaches for parents to increase harmony at home and which will benefit children developmentally.
Baruch and Michaeleen discuss the book, the impact of different parenting styles on society as a whole, and specifics about how to handle anger, motivational concerns, and how to include children so they grow up with confidence and feel valued.