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Louise Bates Ames is a lecturer at the Yale Child Study Center and assistant professor emeritus at Yale University. She is co-founder of the Gesell Institute of Child Development and collaborator or co-author of three dozen or so books, including The First Five Years of Life, Infant and Child in the Culture of Today, Child Rorschach Responses, and the series Your One-Year-Old through Your Ten- to Fourteen-Year-Old. She has one child, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
 
Carol Chase Haber is a school psychologist in the Hamilton County, Ohio, school system and is a trained and qualified Gesell Examiner. She is the co-author of several books, including He Hit Me First, Your Seven-Year-Old, Your Eight-Year-Old, and Your Nine-Year-Old.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 165 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; English Language edition (March 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440506506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440506508
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Pantley on January 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
When you know what behaviors are "normal" for your child's age you can relax, stop the worry, and focus on appropriate solutions. This whole series of books accurately defines the ages and stages of children. These books keep your expectations realistic and allow you to avoid anger caused by a lack of understanding of your child's developmental stages.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 26, 2009
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My happy friendly confident son, 7, has been moody, emotional and depressed for the last few months. Was it a stage or was there something serious going on at school? Everyone was against him, he has no friends, people laugh at him....Thank god for this book. I started laughing as soon as I read the first page...it fit my son's new behavior perfectly. These books are not parenting books telling you how to be a good parent. Rather, they are describing the child and how they develop and what is going on in their minds. This helps you, as parent, to decide how to handle things, to know if there is a serious problem or just a stage to get through and outgrow. I have already bought the 8 year old book, so that I am ready for the next stage, and I am going to buy the 5 year old book, so that I make sure I am not missing anything with my younger son. This book is just what I needed!
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Nana Annie on June 13, 2000
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When my then 5 1/2 year old was behaving much differently than he had at age 5, my mother pulled out an old hardcover version of the Gesell Institute Books and - oh my! - much of the changes seemed to be quite common among 5 1/2 year olds!
These are 'old' books (I'm one of the earliest of the baby boomers, though my child is now nearly 9), but they are still useful.
This book and all in the series are little paperbacks, quick to read. Our society has changed since they were written, so a bit of the book may seem dated if you don't like 'traditional roles. However, there is much good information and wisdom in here, unencumbered by the modern day concerns about ADD and such. In expensive, a good investment to ease a parent's mind. A nice gift from grandparents to their own children, and for young parents, just nice to have on the shelf for those days when we forget that kids behaviors and interests change as they grow up.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Katherine on November 10, 2006
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"Life in a Minor Key" provides a sneak preview to the parental challenges and pleasures which lie ahead for the coming year. As I watch my child's dramatic transition from young child to schoolboy, it is comforting and helpful to refer to this reassuring guide.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Marcos on October 9, 2010
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This is absolutely a must have for any parent.
I had read most of the books in the series, but unfortunately skipped the last two. Silly me ! When my 7 year-old started to behave like a drama queen, moody and withdrawn, I thought he was suffering some crisis. After reading 10 pages, I was relieved to see this was completely normal behavior for his age. It seemed the book was describing my own son.
The main benefit of the book is not to give you a perfect formula on how to be a parent, but to ease your anxieties about your kid's behavior. Of course, after understanding the profile of the kid at this age, with some sensitivity, one can adapt its strategy to deal with the child better. For example, with an over sensitive, easily insulted 7 year-old, one should be careful not to joke or tease him too often, like you could do when he was 6.
I don't agree that the book is outdated. It is extremely easy to adapt the information to our days. If a child is too sensitive, don't let him watch a scary movie, for example. Don't talk to him about global warming. Come on, it is simple.

In summary, this is an excellent investment for your peace of mind. For one cent, this book is worth hundreds of dollars in therapist fees.
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33 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1999
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These books have helped me understand what my children have been going through at various stages/ages of their development. This book was on target with my daughter's behavior/temperment. However, I found the problem solving answers to be extrememely outdated. The authors suggested that a particular seven yr old who disliked school could either change to a private school, stay back in first grade or shorten the school day. What were they thinking? No suggestions were given as to how to talk to the child or work with the teachers,school or family doctor. I thought I would get some advice for a similar problem, not this time. In general I found this book helpful but think it needs to be updated, possibly each decade.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 1999
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Seeing into the mind of a seven-year old is an amazing journey. From sullen independence to exhuberant joy at new horizons. Louise Bates Ames guides readers around the pitfalls and gives a new understanding to this inwardly viewed age. It's as wonderful as the rest of her age-related books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carma Chan on March 27, 2013
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A specialist in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit introduced me to this series of parenting books when my son was born premature, and it helped me to know what to anticipate and relax about each year. I had the Birth to 10 Years book as a gift from the specialist, and after that I got each year a couple of months before my son's birthday (from a public library) and prepared myself.

As my son's 7th birthday approached and I invited his friends to a party, a mom confided in me that she was worried about her son and thinking of taking him to a psychiatrist. I asked why and she described what I had read in this book - Your Seven-Year-Old. He was going through a phase of feeling frustrated and anxious because of the perfectionism that kicks in at this stage of development. I told her it sounded normal. She read this book and relaxed, and he's fine! That was years ago. Our sons are 21 now and in college.
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