Give your baby a machete: parenting tips from hunter-gatherers

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Give your baby a machete: parenting tips from hunter-gatherers

People in the Congo rainforest could teach Western parents a lot about raising children

Sarah Knapton

The West’s “helicopter” parents could learn from hunter-gatherers who let their toddlers play with machetes if they want to have self-sufficient children, anthropologists at University College London have said.

Dr Gul Deniz Salali and her team studied BaYaka communities living in the rainforests of Congo collecting videos of 40 children from early infancy to adolescence as they carried out different activities.

They discovered that a child as young as 13 months was able to hold a machete effectively, simply by watching how her parents and older siblings handled the blade...

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