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The Parenting Journey Of NPR’s Michaeleen Doucleff

Renee Bright

As a new mom, NPR science reporter Michaeleen Doucleff was overwhelmed by motherhood and underwhelmed by the parenting advice she found in American parenting guidebooks. So, she set off to see what other cultures could teach her.

With her young daughter in tow, Doucleff traveled to three disparate places — Mexico, the Arctic Circle and Tanzania — studying and learning from their local cultures. We’ll talk with her about just how strange our American parenting practices are compared with the rest of the world, what she learned about cooperation and trust in parenting and how her experiences abroad changed her relationship with her daughter for the better. 

Michaeleen Doucleff is a science correspondent for NPR. Her book is Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans. [IndieBound|Amazon|Audible| Bookshop]