The Science of Parenting
It's time to rewrite the rule book on raising a child
Passionate but objective, this is the first practical parenting book to give you the facts, not the fiction, on the best way to raise your child.
Discover the chemistry of love between you and your child: how touch, laughter, and play stimulate hormones that boost the capacity to love life
Find out the truth about popul...more
My only complaint about the book is that its treatment of each topic can be somewhat cursory. For example, the authors are big advocates of cosleeping and advance strong scientific arguments for its safety and effectiveness. But they leave a lot of questions unanswered, like, Where does the baby sleep when the parent is not sleeping? What guidance do...more
It is also a good reminder that how...more
I happen to agree with many of the ideas presented in this book as scientific fact, but I think it's a bit rich to claim objectivity when there are patently so many agendas embedded in the interpretation of a few studies - and especially when the language used is so loaded wi...more
I appreciated how Sunderland always offered an in-depth explanation for her ideas, although there were some instances where she made hazy claims about what "studies show."
I think with any parent book to take what you want and leave what you want. There are some areas of the book you really need to take with a pinch of salt but overall one of the best parenting books I've come across.
How can you top that? And, yes, from science! I find new hope and validation through illuminating explanations for my own life. A gift.
Big praise for this treatise in the service of humanity.
The beginning part was annoying because the author makes it sound like unless you choose co-sleeping you are choosing to ignore your child.
I almost did not read past that portion.
In the end, I was glad I did.
I think it will be useful from ages 1.5-5.
I will use other books for early childhood though.
I enjoy this book because I am fascinated by the biology of what's going on with babies and toddlers. There are often valid reasons for what they do simply because their little brains and nervous systems are still developing, yet we desperately want them to act like little, logical adults. This book goes a long way in explaining why parents need to ma...more