Parental and Other Caretaker Roles

In the first year of life children are held by their mothers 50% of the time, and 2.9% of the time during daylight hours by their biological fathers, which is 5.4% of the time their fathers are in camp (Marlowe, 1999). The rest of the holding is done by a variety of others such as grandmothers, siblings, and other female kin and friends. Nursing is on demand, with infants carried in a skin or cloth on the mother's back. There is no noticeable difference in the way male and female children are treated by men and women. Men spend more time with male children than they do with female children, but since women spend slightly more with female children, overall the two sexes appear to get about the same amount of care, though males do nurse more frequently (Marlowe, in press). Men provide more care to their own children than they do to stepchildren (Marlowe, 1999).

Pregnancy And Childbirth

Pregnancy And Childbirth

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