- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone; Revised edition (August 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684804190
- ISBN-13: 978-0684804194
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 67 customer reviews
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The major aims of this book are to survey the child development field and to look at many of the major issues in the life of a youngster from birth through age three, but such will probably be overlooked by many who focus on the controversial points. First, White focuses on the overindulged child and actually promises that there will be "no more tantrums" if his suggestions are followed. Second, White has been besieged (after the publication of an interview in 1979) over his anti^-substitute child care position. He clarifies the issue to an extent, but his viewpoint remains that full-time substitute care is not in the "best interest of babies." Possibly White's best advice is that new parents should read all manuals very critically and take their advice "with a large grain of salt." Denise Perry Donavin
The Detroit Free Press The most valuable guide to a child's development on the market.
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I'm giving it 4 stars because the last revision was 23 years ago and some of the items he talks about, like certain products, I think are somewhat outdated. Also, some areas seem to ramble on and repeat themselves, so I think some of it could be condensed. Still, these are small negatives, and would highly recommend it.
Most books about parenting a young child are written by pediatricians. The information is largely anecdotal, opinionated, dated and sometimes reflects more about the writers' politics than the actual process of childrearing. I find the Dr. Sears series to be a tiresome example of parenting politics interfering with the rare opportunity to impart real information to exhausted parents.
In Burton White's The First Three Years, there's an emphasis placed on the scientific observation of a growing child through the baby/toddler years. He draws his evidence not from the 1001 children he raised or treated (like the Sears series) but from the 1001 children he observed in a clinical setting. A pediatrician "observes" children in 20 minute intake visits; these occur maybe 2x per year after age 1. When White talks about "observing" children, he's talking from the viewpoint of a developmental psychologist. Child behavior is not an incidental thing to observe -- it is what he studies.
I will continue to give this book to every new parent I know. It brought clarity to a completely bewildering time, and I have a better son for it.