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What Every Parent Needs to Know: The incredible effects of love, nurture and play on your child's development
Explains the science without losing sight of the realities of raising a child.<i> Mother and Baby</i><br /><br />Its time to re-write the rule book on raising a child. Based on over 700 scientific studies into childrens development, award-winning author and child psychotherapist Dr. Margot Sunderland explains how to develop your childs potential to the full.<br /><br />Find out the truth about popular childcare ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 7th 2007 by DK
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Despite the off-putting title, this books subtitle more accurately sums up its essence: The Incredible Effects of Love, Nurture and Play on your Childs Development. I read it cover-to-cover over the course of a year spanning pregnancy to motherhood, dipping in whenever I needed some inspiration. <br /><br />It covers a wide range of parenting topics from a strong, opinionated and research-led perspective. The writing is congenial to a new parents mindset; informative with a tone of what you what you need to ...more
A great book. It clearly and openly advocates a particular approach to parenting, but cooly backs its claims up with recent research in psychology, evolution and biology. Focusing mostly on newborns and toddlers, and grounding the referenced research in the day-to-day world of parenting, it is also crammed full of useful advice for parents of children of all ages. The only downside is that the book is laid out like some trashy women's weekly magazine, complete with excessive callouts and an over ...more
Really interesting, thought through, empathy driven book... And then we get to the chapter on discipline, which read like someone else had written it.<br />The chapter on discipline was cynical, manipulative, and encouraged love withdrawals as a way of managing disliked behaviour. No thanks.<br />In all other areas, it was on point.
Aug 07, 2018 Nazire rated it really liked it
If you had never read books about attachment parenting, or books such as "Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child" by John Gottman; "The Whole Brain Child" and "No Drama Discipline" by Daniel J. Siegel, and Tina Payne Bryson; "Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline" by Becky A Bailey; and Parent Effectiveness Training by Thomas Gordon this is a good beginner's to the concept without particularly pushing an "agenda". <br /><br />The author goes over the results of studies used in books mentioned above, and talks ...more
Mar 26, 2018 Angelique rated it really liked it · review of another edition
This book has helped me with my parenting. Whenever I try what it says, it works. I.e., if I work on being in a good mood and am playful, my son is a delight to be around. I'm going to get my own copy and occasionally flip through it in trying times. It's not 100% gentle discipline, but time-in sounds better than other options and I think it helps a parent feel secure in what they are doing. Although, obviously I disagree with the diet advice, I feel it's tone is informative and not too judgy and ...more
I have read 'Why Love Matters' which covers the same ground as the earlier chapters in this book without the photos, diagrams etc. It was good to be able to see that oft-talked about scan of Romanian orphans brains. Of particular interest to me are the chapters more concerned with toddlers and older children: 'Behaving Badly', 'The Trying Times' and 'All About Discipline'. I hope to be able to put some of the guidance into practice soon.
I found this book to be much more straight forward to read unlike other adoption books. It is laid out more like a school text book with additional case studies as well as brain scan pictures and diagrams. The sections are clearly displays to make it easier to keep track of where you are in the book. It also encouraged more talking points with my husband as we are going through the process.
3.5<br />La science au service des parents, c'est plutt la science du gros bon sens: les enfants ont besoin d'amour, d'encadrement, de scurit pour s'panouir. L'aspect scientifique n'est pas celui auquel je m'attendais (honntement, savoir quelle partie du cerveau s'active quel moment en fonction des motions...) et les sujets abords ne sont pas aussi varis que ce que j'aurais souhait (je croyais qu'il y aurait un sujet par deux ou trois pages avec une tude spcifique pour chacun de ces sujets alors qu'en ...more
This books provides the scientific answer for why allowing your baby to cry herself to sleep is unhealthy. When this technique has been suggested to me I've wanted to tell people it is simply inhumane. Now I've been provided with an educated and composed response. <br /><br />As the book explored disciplining older children the author lost me as a fan by going after the 'sit in the naughty step and ponder your transgressions' school of thought. I was a child and I remember those moments in the corner and (sorry ...more
Recommend by our nhs pre natal class this is definitely highly recommended. Puts across a lot of straight forward science which in the most part can't be argued against and would benefit any babyhood, childhood (and even adulthood) yet still a lot of what was said is far from common knowledge. <br />Its a shame everyone who has a baby doesn't get told about this book after the 12 week scan. Its that good and would certainly give everyone the right start in life to help them deal with its many challenges
I especially liked two chapters, "The chemistry of living life well" and "The chemistry of love". These chapters discuss interacting with your children through play and the importance of touch and demonstrating affection. They talk about the science behind it all with the hormones that are released during these interactions and the effects they have on the body/mind. Some of the information in this book, combined with things I've learned from the "Solihull Approach", has helped me to try to understand ...more