African Parenting Styles We Like

Written by Julia Austin


Cocooning baby

One Kenyan mother remarks in her blog that it’s very hard to actually see Kenyan babies because they’re so thoroughly wrapped up in blankets when out of their houses. She says, “babies are literally cocooned from the stresses of the outside world.” Every time we step out of our homes, we welcome in the energies of everyone we encounter, and sometimes those energies aren’t good. As adults, we can screen them, or analyze them to not find them so scary, but a baby can’t do that. We like the idea that a baby stays mostly focused on its mother when out in the world—a warm, positive energy.