- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: DK ADULT; Reprint edition (September 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 075663993X
- ISBN-13: 978-0756639938
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 94 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Science of Parenting Paperback – September 1, 2008
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A few folks criticized the book for not being entirely research-based in terms of some of her recommendations and for her presentation of "case studies". The book is so packed with objective science that when the author used her experience and expertise to advise certain practices that would create an optimal environment for a child's development it didn't seem off to me. If she hadn't provided this advice folks would have complained the book was too abstract and didn't contain any concrete suggestions!
I in fact did not agree with all her advice. She recommends time-outs and we try to avoid them; she uses punitive type consequences (taking away movie watching privileges for splattering pudding) while I prefer logical consequences (child has to clean up the pudding and no more dessert for the night; we talk about table manners, respecting the cook, etc.). The things I disagreed with her on were in gray areas of interesting discussion and didn't put me off the book whatsoever. I enjoyed reading the entire book and still give 5 stars.
I found the case studies very interesting because they provided an example of how the concepts she discusses in the abstract apply to a real life child or family.
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