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What Every Parent Needs to Know: The Incredible Effects of Love, Nurture and Play on Your Child's Development Paperback – 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Promoting a research-backed view of the parents-in-charge approach to child rearing, Sunderland's guide is a smart, complete book that never overwhelms. Laid out like a school textbook, with clear organization, copious color photographs and plenty of boldfaced "Key Points," Sunderland's text is upbeat, accessible and encouraging. Advice is both common-sense and well-considered: "each time you help your child think and feel about what he is experiencing, and each time you find the right words for his intense feelings, you are probably helping the development of more sophisticated communication networks in your child's corpus callosum." Sunderland focuses on explaining how the child's underdeveloped brain motivates so-called behavior problems, including "tears and rage" caused when baby's "higher brain is not developed enough to moderate these powerful lower brain systems naturally." One of the most interesting elements of the book is its insight into how a given parenting style affects a child in the long-run, such as the idea that "being left to cry means a child learns that he is abandoned just at the time when he needs help" and can make him vulnerable to depression and anxiety disorders. Easy-to-use and entirely thorough-covering not just baby care, but mom and dad care too-this is an excellent resource for parents, caregivers and other policy makers.
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The market is awash in opinionated child-rearing guides, and it's hard to argue with opinion. Sunderland takes a smarter approach. Relying on scientific studies, she simply tells us what happens to a child's brain and body when, for example, we either hug the child or let him or her cry it out. Little decisions can have remarkably lasting effects on both the individual and society. Unlike many parenting guides, this isn't repackaged conventional wisdom. And although the title suggests a cold, clinical approach, the opposite is true. In well-organized, easy-to-read chapters with plenty of photos and sidebars, Sunderland argues for a hands-on, nurturing approach and points out that many modern parenting choices--separate beds for babies, for example--fly in the face of 200,000 years of Homo sapiens evolution. Of course, all science is subject to interpretation, but one look at the brain scan of an affection-deprived child will make parents hug their kids tighter. The only downside? Parents who are disabused of erroneous parenting lore no longer have the comfort of believing that there are no right answers. Keir Graff
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Simple and effective - highly recommended!
I am so pleased to have been steered in this direction!
The author's information and ideas for parenting are based on scientific proof and data.
This may sound harsh to some, but with my husband being in the medical area and myself studying brain behavior and psychology, this is right up our alley.
There are many books out there based on theory's of what may or may not work for children, especially in relation to the most important developmental years....from 0-5 years, which are just that THEORY.
What I like about this book as that the author gives good references to scientific papers and actual results from test which prove their methods to be beneficial for the development of baby into a healthy toddler, teenager and then, hopefully into the right path for adulthood.
My only criticism would be that the author does tend to be a bit repetitive at times.
Also it may not be the method that all parents wish to use in bringing up their children.
Still a must read!!!!
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