A Note from Darcia
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I'm very happy to share with you the new video below, a presentation just for you, to acquaint you with the many possibilities of The Evolved Nest, the negative, often dangerous, outcomes of a degraded nest, and a public policy and individual family plan for nested children that results in compassionate adults!

I also encourage you to read the book review of Cribsheet, a new parenting book written by an economist that promotes baby management without attending to baby's basic needs. Yikes.

Please share the growing resources on The Evolved Nest website and this newsletter with your friends and family. You are always welcome to support our nonprofit work with your tax-deductible donations.

Thank you for your support!

Darcia Narvaez, PhD
Planting a native flower (pollinator) garden with kindergartners at the early childhood development center (ECDC Notre Dame), students in my seminar (Morality, Parenting and Nature Connection in the Anthropocene) get a taste of a possible future.
Book Review
The Missing Voice Of Babies
A new book promotes baby management without attending to basic needs

Who speaks up for babies? The author of Cribsheet does not.

Oster says “sometimes you poke into a study and it doesn’t smell quite right” (p. 63). But she actually doesn’t do enough poking or smelling. With no admitted baseline for species normal parenting, she can pick and choose where to poke and smell, guided by her undisclosed biases.

One example: Breastfeeding

She says that breastfeeding does not matter long term, based on what evidence? She does not point out that the norm for our species is 2.5 to 8 years and that most studies of breastfeeding only look at three months, which means that the studies that find significant effects of breastfeeding are doing so on a smidgen of comparative data. She does not do much of a dive into existing data.

Blog Posts
Posts from September 2019
Does a flourishing life (and world) depend on humility?

Which of our multicultural roots will guide our child raising?

To transcend our egos, we have to have one.

To grow, we must get away from living on the edge of being upset.
The Evolved Nest's YouTube Channel
Attending To Neurobiology: Meeting Basic Needs and Getting Kids on Track to Fulfill Their Potential

The empirically-derived RAVES DEEP model helps educators and counselors facilitate moral character development through Relationships, Apprenticeship, Village connection, Expertise development and Self-authorship. RAVES provides an intentional, holistic, comprehensive, approach to moral character development that educators at all levels can adopt. Developmental Ecological Ethical Practices (DEEP) model helps revamp the neurobiological underpinnings of the self. DEEP enables participants who missed optimal early care or experienced trauma to foster self-calming, grow sociality, and expand social and ecological imagination. Instruction is informed deeply by evolution, ancient philosophical wisdom and current developmental and learning sciences about what contributes to cultivate human wellbeing. Handouts will be provided and guidebooks from the Minnesota Community Voices and Character Education project will be available.
This session will help participants describe how the five elements of a classroom and school foster student wellbeing (RAVES). apply to their practice the five elements of a classroom and school that foster student wellbeing (RAVES) understand ways that healing of undercared for students can be mitigated through DEEP activities.

  • The setting and the shifts that got us here
  • Appropriate baselines
  • Who are humans?
  • What do they need to grow well?
  • What does species normative development look like?
  • What does species atypical development look like?
  • The ethical classroom
  • Meeting students’ basic needs through RAVES
  • How do we get back on track?

Human wellbeing in USA on the decline
  • Mental illness increasing (in real numbers) (USDHHS)
  • Violence and suicide at high rates (CDC)
  • US folks under age 50 at a health disadvantage compared to 16 other nations (NRC, 2013)
  • US lifespan has shrunk for several years (CDC)
  • Child wellbeing ranks near bottom of advanced nations (OECD; UNICEF)

Earth systems are breaking down
  • Climate instability; melting of ice caps (IPCC)
  • Massive ecological disruption from human activity virtually everywhere (UN Millennial Ecosystem Assessment)
  • “Biological annihilation” (PNAS, 2017; IPBES, 2019)

Discover The Evolved Nest
Building the Nest

The Evolved Nest has been integral to 99% of human genus history and provides a baseline for optimizing normal development. Here are more details about the importance of each of these  Components of The Evolved Nest:

Check out our new Components Resources page - in progress - for organizations that support each component here . Let us know if you want us to add a resource by emailing us at evolvednestinitiative@gmail.com.
Read more about the components of The Evolved Nest here.
Evolved Nest In The News
Darcia talks with Equal Time for Free Thought Radio Show. Here is the show's description of the interview:

Dr. Narvaez’ research explores questions of species-typical and species-atypical development in terms of wellbeing, morality, and sustainable wisdom. She examines how early life experience (the evolved nest) influences moral functioning and wellbeing in children and adults. She integrates evolutionary, anthropological, neurobiological, clinical, developmental and education sciences in her work. Questions that interest her include: How does early experience shape human nature? What do sustainable indigenous societies have to teach the modern world? What types of moral orientations do individuals develop in species-typical and -atypical environments? What is indigenous ecological wisdom and how do we cultivate it?

Find The Evolved Nest in the news in our press room . You can also book Darcia for interviews and events on this page.

Fresh Eyes on the Evolved Nest
Follow the Fresh Eyes Series to discover how the next generation perceive the Evolved Nest and relate to children, before they become parents...
Instincts: A Gift Gone Wrong
By Megan Kostolansky

If the Stress Response is not meant to be experienced regularly, why is it so common for many people of the modern, western society? Perhaps in these instances, the gift is being ignored. A physical signal saying that it is time to slow down is pushed to the side to maximize efficiency and performance. Continuing to operate at this pace, and even worse, teaching children to operate at this pace, may have serious health effects on future generations. It is imperative that children are brought up in environments where their Stress Responses are occasional rather than normal, and that they are taught to trust this response when it is activated.

Post Climate Strike Reflection:
"The earth holds us; we, in our 'titanic' myths of ego and machine power, do not hold it. The extrapolation of the human to titanic proportions -- to Atlas holding up the world or the celestial spheres as though they depend on his power -- is a delusion that only speaks to our arrogant attempts to escape the laws of creation. Through our fascination with the myth of the machine, we ignore how those laws also include 'the earth pushing back, supporting us... the earth loving us."

-- Eugene Halton, Indigenous Bodies, Civilized Selves, and the Escape from the Earth

An essay from the book edited by Darcia Narvaez, Four Arrows, Eugene Halton, Brian S. Collier, and Georges Enderle: Indigenous Sustainable Wisdom: First-Nation Know-How for Global Flourishing

Did you miss the Sustainable Wisdom Conference? No worries! We have your video playlist ready for you on The Evolved Nest's YouTube Channel here .
Resources for Educators
Nurturing Character in the Classroom EthEx Series
By Narvaez and Colleagues
The Nurturing Character in the Classroom book series is a set of guidebooks for teachers that provide hundreds of ideas for how to incorporate moral character skill development into regular academic instruction. EthEx refers to the lifelong development of ethical skills toward expertise (ethical expertise) in many domains and situations. The four EthEx books each suggest 7 skills with 3 subskills important for a virtuous life. The books outline how to teach these skills in a middle-school context. But the books are used by K-16 instructors. 
Each book contains:

· Hundreds of ideas for integrating ethical skill development into standards-drive academic instruction

· Four levels of novice-to-expert instruction

· Guidelines for a classroom climate supporting each skill

· Student self-monitoring items for each skill

Rock the World Breastfeeding and Parenting Conference
API is partnering with La Leche League of KY/TN for the  Rock the World: Breastfeeding and Parenting Conference  in Nashville, November 2, 2019! The location will be in the heart of Nashville, near so many family friendly and musical locations.

Mary Tarsha, M.Ed., The Evolved Nest collaborator and podcast interviewer , will present a session breakout. The conference will feature Dr. Bill and Martha Sears, Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker, and many other stellar speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and, of course, a music event! Come meet parents and professionals from all over the world and celebrate API's 25th Anniversary too.

The conference will be a one-day event complemented by an evening event on Friday and a concert on the day of the event. CEUS will be provided.

Find out more about this 25th Anniversary Celebration of Attachment Parenting International  here .
Cafe Press Logo Gifts

You an find the entire Evolved Nest Cafe Press store, with totes, t-shirts, hats and more, here.
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