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by Crystal O'Gorman

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This is one of those scary but cute moments with the Malaysian baby.

This is one of those scary but cute moments with the Malaysian baby.
The 2010 movie entitled precisely Babies is a great view into the life of babies from around the globe. Even though there were times when I cringed in fear for the Malaysian baby's life due to his close proximity to farm animals, I realized that no matter the baby's environment, as long as there is love and the baby has no disabilities, all babies development along the same timeline. It's quite a slap in the face to all the baby toy manufacturers. I am not saying that I am going to trade in Leap Frog and Fisher Price for the Sahara either. But this does bring up a great point for parents to contemplate: do we try too hard to force life on our children?

It's hard not to want the best for your children, we all do, but there is a fine line between wanting and pushing. I buy into it all the educational options for babies too; my six month old watches Your Baby Can Read DVDs. And we are lucky to have the opportunities. It's not a bad thing as long as you don't force the baby to participate when he or she doesn't
The African baby is playing in a stream happy as can be!

The African baby is playing in a stream happy as can be!
want to. When the baby is crying but you won't let them get down and play until you finish reading Dr. Seuss that is when warning signals should flash. At this point, we have reached the brink of helping to the beginning of hindering their achievements.

Just think about your adolescence, I won't go back as far as childhood because for most of us reading this that is way too long ago! I know there must be times in all our lives when we were pushed in one direction and obviously rebelled, did a complete 180, and did the exact opposite of what we were told. It's human nature to defy authority and choose your own path. That is why I believe if you take it too far and overload your baby with these gadgets then they will progress more slowly.

Commercialization and the overstimulation of society keep us from being as imaginative as we should be. That may be why we are lacking in achievements compared to other countries like China and India. Furthermore, pediatricians and child psychologists agree that this same point can
Bathing is definitely different in America but still clean fun!

Bathing is definitely different in America but still clean fun!
hinder the significance of creativity and individualism in our youth, beginning with newborns.

Babies need time to explore things on their own, without boundaries or devices telling them what they should think or discover. I found it so fascinating when the little girl from Namibia used bones and other objects from nature to entertain herself. Everything that is manmade has some origin in nature, and the baby who has the opportunity to discover object's characteristics and maneuverability in their natural state is one step ahead of the game when it comes to practical knowledge. Creativity is also fostered this way.

I am not saying that the American baby in this movie was overstimulated. In actuality, this baby received a decent balance of both. Yes, Hattie had many books, toys, and even classes that helped her develop, but her parents did not pressure her. Even though parents are not the focus, you can tell by their choices that they are organic and even "green" people looking for opportunities of enhanced education
Of course I had to show off my baby too!

Of course I had to show off my baby too!
that reflect a respectful lifestyle. There is also an obvious balance of alone play, parent-child interaction, group interaction, and exploration in nature.

Being a good parent is all about finding balance, and this particular type of balance is usually blind-sighted by big corporations marketing guilt to parents, making them feel obligated to get the latest and greatest item in order to give the best opportunities in life, when some of the best opportunities in life come from relationships and nature. Beyond this film's achievement in showcasing the beauty of growth, I hope this film will open many minds to the possibility of creativity and ingenuity with less. Give educational toys using the idealism of quality over quantity, but, most importantly, maintain a balance that allows the baby to learn freely. And of course, never let an object and it's advertised abilities come between what you can give your baby. No matter how simple minded our actions, the love it carries weighs more than all the education toys in the world!

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Crystal O'Gorman
I am a big dreamer from a small town searching for the meaning of life and using movies as a window of opportunity to understand the world around me. I remember working at the local, family-operated movie store as a teenager and being completely fascinated by the way movies bring the rest of the world to your finger tips.

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