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The Importance Of Babies

Babies form a connection with their mothers psychological, dependance, oral, play and discovery. Babies love to learn no matter what culture it is. All babies in the film displayed all factors above. Babies can be different in their development from ways on how they are taught and raised. For example, the African American tribal babies experienced more independent learning, such as touching each other inappropriate as a learning process of their own bodies. Which baby seemed the happiest? Why? Hattie seemed the most happiest to me. I thought she was happy because her parents were very active in her life.

Her parents showed her a lot of love and affection. I think this baby was the happiest because she had support, love and could strive successfully. The baby was mostly happy it seemed, she was very content with her lifestyle. What do babies REALLY need to thrive (toys, shelves FULL of books, or just a loving mom and a roll of toilet paper)? I think a baby needs there parents, educational material and to learn things on their own. I strongly believe babies need both parents to strive, during this stage of their life I think the mother is very essential to have in the baby’s life.

However as the child grows old both parents are needed to have a thriving child. Babies should be acquainted with books, music, speech, outdoors, educational based toys. Babies love to learn and I think a person should supply this to them and let them run with it. I strongly believe technology based learning such as tablets should be gone from the development of a child. I also believe children need to learn on their own, as in this I mean if they touch something that is hot and cold they will learn that either one could hurt the. For example, a child may touch an oven when it is hot and will associate that ovens are hot.

I feel guidance is important but every child wants to explore their world. Did you have a favorite child to watch? If so which one and why? If not, what did you enjoy most? My favorite children would have to be Ponijao the African American family. I enjoyed this child because even though the living situation was not the best, she was happy. I really enjoyed learning about this culture, I did not realize parenting there was that much different than in America. They would let the babies chew on old bones, play in the nasty dirt and water.

There were no diapers on the babies, when your baby had to poop the mother would wipe it on her like she was toilet paper. They cleaned the children by licking and spitting water on them. What is your overall review of the movie? This movie was very educational, it definitely showed the ways babies were raised by their mothers across different cultures. I really enjoyed the movie and learning about different cultures all around the world. I really did not know that there was that much of a difference between our culture from others in terms of parenting.

I thought most cultures had some form of a diaper that would cover their babies. It helped to see the beauty in what motherhood actually looks like from each culture, it expressed how each culture handled their babies. I thought it was very interesting how this movie was focused on 4 different cultures, it made it easy to compare and contrast them. This really showed the uniqueness that every culture has a different way in raising their babies. Handout What the filmmakers capture on the film provides a unique perspective on the upbringing of each of the babies.

While each story is unique, what are some universal themes that run through each child’s story? There are multiple themes in the movie. The most important theme is that of the mother figure, every baby is protected and cared but each is in a unique way. In what way did this movie most impact you? What is the central theme you walked away with after viewing this film? The movie impacted me because it made me realize that each culture raises their babies an unique way, this was a huge eye opener to me. This movie showed me that a baby can still successfully strive in their culture.

It made me realize that not everyone has the same opportunities as Americans and some babies don’t get the same development as our babies but they work with what they have to make the development process as great as they can. However some third world countries raised their children similar to that of my own. It made me realize that we don’t need to be so cautious about our babies. Many times in America we keep very close supervision on our children making sure they don’t put things in there mouths, change them when necessary and are overprotective of them.

I noticed in many other cultures they are relaxed on these rules, to them it is apart of the developing process. There are a multitude of different philosophies about raising children. After watching this film have your thoughts on how to raise children changed at all? How and why? My thoughts about how I will raise my children has not really changed. As a parent I want to secure a safe environment for my children, this means I will change them, avoid putting icky things in their mouth and most likely be over protective.

However, during the video I did realize that many parents are overprotective and not everything little thing will hurt your child. What impact did not inserting dialogue or subtitles have on your appreciation of the film? How would narrative have altered the film? I think that by having subtitles could take away from the primary focus of the film. I think actually observing the baby’s actions was more beneficial than words. The purpose was to observe the babies and watch how they are being raised. I believe words would have been to distracting and would take away from what the film was trying to portray.

The actions truly put the the big picture together rather than a dialogue. Beyond exploring the remarkable early stages of life for four babies, what did this movie help explore and understand about all humans? The movie really highlighted the importance of mother figures and there importance of child development. There is a huge difference how my country raises children and how other countries raise their children. Every person in the world comes from a mother figure in their lives and will live their own lives.

However there is a difference on how we live our lives and how we act when we are raised by that mother figure. What was the common thread that connected all the mothers in the film? The common thread that connected all the mothers in the film is they are all trying to raise their children the best way possible. What are the shared stages that all the babies and mothers experience in the film? The shared stages that all the babies and mothers experienced in the film were all four of the babies were learning to crawl, walk, talk and interact.

This did not matter on where you lived, luxury or supervision. Were you able to relate to a particular mother and child more than others? I was able to relate to the American family the best. It was easier for me to completely understand their lifestyle and I could definitely relate to this. The family of each of the babies was selected before the children was born so the sex of the child was a surprise to not only families, but the filmmakers. With three girls and one boy featured, did you notice any differences between the development of the boy and the development of the girls?

The Mongolian baby boy was often times swaddled and left alone with the rooster. He was always away from his mother, even right after birth. The baby was consistently swaddled until he could crawl himself, they mother would leave him rather than carry him. His big brother is mean to him, the boy’s mother never once disciplined the older brother. The baby boy was subjected to work at a young age. It did not appear to me that his parents showed any affection, I am not sure if this is due to cultural beliefs or if it was based on gender.

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