- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: PublicAffairs (September 6, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1610397231
- ISBN-13: 978-1610397230
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #834,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Do Parents Matter?: Why Japanese Babies Sleep Soundly, Mexican Siblings Dont Fight, and American Families Should Just Relax Hardcover – September 6, 2016
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"Fascinating...The authors' global perspective finds that human experience is varied and kids are resilient."―Laura Vanderkam, Wall Street Journal
"It took two accomplished (and married) anthropologists, Robert A. LeVine and Sarah LeVine, to synthesize years of research spanning the globe, then ask the basic question in the title of their new book: 'Do Parents Matter?'...a well-informed argument."―Dan Saltzstein, New York Times Book Review
"I love this advice ... Do Parents Matter? pushes the conversation in the same provocative and essential way [as Pamela Druckerman's Bringing Up Bébé]. Because of course parents matter. But they're more effective when they tear their eyes away from all the conflicting advice and focus on the messy, complicated, contradictory kid in front of them."―Anna Davies, New York Post
"The LeVines have created a valuable book for parents. By exposing them to the practices and goals of parents and cultures around the world, they offer parents in the United States ideas for their own goals, and for how to react as pressures on parents increase in our country. It is particularly important for parents to rethink their roles, rather than continue the present hovering, to one that may produce children who learn from the first how to face the inevitable stresses of development with more self-confidence."―T. Berry Brazelton
"Parenting experts beware: the anthropologists are coming! Robert A. and Sarah Levine discover fascinating lessons on child-rearing, from the Japanese to the Gusii."―Pamela Druckerman, author of Bringing Up Bébé
"From birth onward, humans distinguish themselves as Earth's most adaptable mammal. Robert A. and Sarah LeVine combine decades of observation with absorbing storytelling to reveal the near-infinite variation of paths to a healthy adulthood. Do Parents Matter? is a must-read for students of human development and concerned parents alike."―Sam Wang, professor of neuroscience, Princeton University, and coauthor, Welcome to Your Child's Brain
"An intriguing assessment of the effectiveness of a variety of global parenting customs."―Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Robert A. LeVine and Sarah LeVine have collaborated for forty-seven years and have written two previous books, Child Care and Culture and Literacy and Mothering. Robert is the Roy E. Larsen Professor of Education and Human Development, Emeritus, at Harvard University. Sarah is an anthropologist who has conducted research on four continents and coordinated the fieldwork of the Project on Maternal Schooling. Her books include Dolor y Alegria, Mothers and Wives, and The Saint of Kathmandu.
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The book compares selected birth and child rearing practices taken from a small sample African, Asian and Western cultures. The selection demonstrates that kids able to thrive under a wide variety of cultural practices. This suggests that that exacting standards popularized for parents in the US may be ill-conceived.
Writing style: Engaging rather then overly academic
Range of examples: A modest range. This is not a survey of practices around the world.
Is the book repetitive: No. Unlike may parenting books, this one does not suffer from excess filler
Authoritative: The authors are established Anthropologists. This should be understood as an anthropology text rather than a strict pediatric or psychiatric text. The authors do include some interesting history of the role of pediatricians and psychologists in the history of American child rearing practices.