- Series: Parent and Child
- Paperback: 376 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 2, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 041541329X
- ISBN-13: 978-0415413299
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Parenting with Reason: Evidence-Based Approaches to Parenting Dilemmas (Parent and Child) Paperback – October 23, 2009
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"Unlike many self-help books, [Parenting with Reason] offers a range of evidence-based advice that leaves the reader able to make up their own mind about an issue, rather than being force-fed the views of the author. Throughout the book, the authors share their own personal experiences of specific parenting dilemmas, allowing readers to feel that they are not the only people who experience such difficulties. This anecdotal style of writing adds a wonderful humorous and personal touch to the book, making it a thoroughly enjoyable read. The end of each chapter presents the bottom line of each issue that was explored, providing a useful summary of the key points as a reminder. This book is well suited to all parents, or prospective parents, and anybody working with children or families." – Esther Yoder Strahan and Wallace E Dixon Jr online at www.youthinmind.info
"There is certainly a need for an evidenced-based approach to parenting. Too much of what has been published over the years on this subject has been written by nonprofessionals and geared to popular trends. The authors―a clinical psychologist, a developmental psychologist, and a family physician―do an admirable job of explaining to the layperson and professional alike their approach to dilemmas such as nutrition of breastfeeding versus bottle feeding, preventing childhood obesity, the ins and outs of toilet training, parenting through the dark days of adolescence, controlling a child’s exposure to pop culture, disciplining, and whether hitting your child can ever be justified." – Mardi Allen in PsycCRITIQUES
"Almost every day there is a story in the news announcing another supposedly scientific finding pertaining to children, parents or families. Parenting with Reason not only offers thoughtful guidance but, much more significantly, provides parents with ways of thinking about what they read and ways to thoughtfully weigh the evidence behind the many claims they encounter. As a result, this clearly written, engaging volume should prove useful to all parents who want the best for their children." – Professor Jay Belsky, Director of the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues, Birkbeck University of London
"What makes Parenting with Reason exceptional is that it treats parents like grown-ups – overwhelmed and baffled grown-ups sometimes, to be sure, but grown-ups never the less. What they offer is something different – research-based evidence for parents to take into account when faced with the many important dilemmas involved in bringing up their children." – Rachel Gould, counsellor and mother of 2
"I would definitely recommend this book to friends as it is so informative and insightful. There is such a wealth of information in this book and I like the way it explodes parenting myths that are not based on science" - Joanna Brown, mother to 5-year-old twins
About the Author
Esther Yoder Strahan taught for a decade as Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Heidelberg College, combined with part-time clinical practice. She has recently moved into full-time clinical practice. She enjoys travel with her husband Jeffrey and two young children, Laura and Isaac.
Wallace E. Dixon, Jr. is Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at East Tennessee State University. His wife Michele is a clinical child psychologist, and the two struggle to raise their daughters Rachel and Sarah to withstand the stigma of having two child psychologist parents.
J. Burton Banks is a former associative professor of family medicine at East Tennessee State University. His clinical interests include children's health and care of child abuse victims. Dr Banks now practises medicine in southwest Virginia, where he lives with his wife Korina and three children, Trent, Skylar and Tanner.
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Mostly sensible advice, with solid scientific citations.
The respectful and moderate dismantling of Mozart and Baby Einstein videos.
Also, discipline by preemptively rewarding and encouraging mutually exclusive, good behaviors--this works for ALL CHORDATES, from carp fish and cats and dogs to adult humans with dog training certifications to adults with psychology PHDs, with children in between, and it doesn't nearly get enough positive press.
I'm about to write a lot of negative points, which make it sound like I mostly disagree with the book even though I don't.
The advice to let a toddler have a raging tantrum and "cry it out" in a grocery store is incredibly rude and entitled.
I'm all for supporting parents (and clearly considering becoming one!!) but I also have issues with high pitched and loud noises, as do many adult migraine sufferers. Your kid will set off other toddlers in the store, especially autistic ones. This idea is especially cruel and classist against the people who WORK s***ty minimum wage jobs in grocery stores and can't wear earplugs because they need to hear customers.
Besides it is delusional--most parents have hearts and will cave to the tantrum out of respect and kindness towards the many other people in earshot. And thus, end up rewarding the tantrum in the end.
Similarly the advice for parents about food and exercise and weight issues is also excessively hard on parents and delusional about expected parental behavior. The advice--in front of your kids, you must never express any of your own body issues, or distress about having eaten junk food, or unhappiness about eating health food, or displeasure about having to exercise, or avoid exercise. Force our kid to taste health foods at least 10 times without ever making a fuss about it.
Parents are human beings with flaws and needs. No ordinary parent could possibly comply with even half that, yet alone all of it. And the idea that you can never discuss your body image issues in front of your kids, or visibly resist exercise, is excessively hard on many mothers, who have to recover from the birth of a sibling in front of an other sibling. The total lack of discussion about how parents should deal with slip ups on these fronts is terrible.
Overall it's a decent book but must be approached with caution and suspicion, especially in areas where it makes outrageous demands on the adults involved.
Also there are humorous elements to this scientifically toned text.
I do wish that there were actual citations and references to the studies that they mentioned for verification.
Matt Willett - Psychology Major
I'm happy I read this book. It seems like there are almost no other overview books that are evidence based.
Sometimes the authors are forced to say that science doesn't have clear answers yet.
The book takes a non-hectoring, sympathetic approach to introducing the scientific evidence for and against various parenting methods.
Many parenting books push methods that are proven to be ineffective or even counter-productive. This book might arm the new parents with some skeptical resistence to these opinion-based bad parenting techniques.
There are other good evidence-based parenting books that cover discipline issues like "Incredible Years" and "Kazdin Method". Kazdin may be better at step-by-step training of the parent. But "Parenting with Reason" covers a broader range of parenting issues including some that present themselves right after the birth of the baby.
And, it seems to be the only book on evidence-based parenting that has a positive title, so that makes it a good gift guaranteed to not insult the parent. It's not titled as for "the Defiant Child" (Kazdin) or as a "Troubleshooting Guide" (Incredible Years).