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Raising Babies: Should under 3s go to nursery? [Kindle Edition]

Steve Biddulph
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Steve Biddulph, the favourite number one name in parenting psychology – and bestselling author of Raising Boys – examines how different childcare options are likely to affect you and your child in this rivetting and highly topical book

This topical book tackles a key issue all new parents face. Steve Biddulph looks at childcare choices and the dilemmas that so often arise:
- ‘I want to stay at home with my child but don’t know how I can’
- ‘I don’t know what is better: nursery, creche or childminder’
- ‘if other people look after my child will it affect its development and happiness?’

It examines the two-income ‘slaves to work’ culture in the UK and how in the past ten years, the number of babies and toddlers under three who are spending all day (8am to 6pm) in nurseries has quadrupled. Biddulph urges caution and warns that the hurried and disconnected way that families now live their lives could be damaging to a whole new generation’s mental stability and development.

The book is an eye-opener in terms of child development and provides useful case studies from parents who are stay-at-home and those using all-day or part-time childcare – groups sociologists have named ‘slammers’ and ‘sliders’ respectively.

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‘Childcare advice worth lapping up.’ Vanessa Feltz, Daily Express

‘When you find a guru willing to change his mind when evidence and humanity prompt, you rejoice. For me, Steve Biddulph — one of the most popular ones in the world, with four million books sold — is the man.’ Libby Purves, The Times

‘One of the world's most popular parenting gurus.’
The Sunday Times

‘A mix of Billy Connelly and Dr Spock … Steve Biddulph is a publishing phenomenon.’ The Times

‘Steve’s advice is easy to follow – and more importantly, it works.’ BBC Family Life Magazine

About the Author

Steve Biddulph was born in Yorkshire and lives in Tasmania with his wife and children. He has been a family therapist for over twenty years and his multi million selling books have been translated into 27 languages. In the UK he lectures annually, filling regional theatres. Biddulph has been hailed by ‘The Times’ as ‘a mixture between Doctor Spock and Billy Connolly’.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 238 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Thorsons (21 Jan. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036FOGVK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #158,470 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Steve Biddulph was born in Yorkshire and lives in Tasmania with his wife and children. He has been a family therapist for over twenty years and his multi million selling books have been translated into 27 languages. In the UK he lectures annually, filling regional theatres. Biddulph has been hailed by 'The Times' as 'a mixture between Doctor Spock and Billy Connolly'.

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally someone is saying what many are thinking! 13 July 2006
I saw Steve Biddulph speak on a book tour some years ago and I was blown away. Back then I was a cub reporter who was a bit miffed to be asked to review a book on parenting (Raising Boys) when I didn't have kids myself.

But I was mesmerised by Steve and his ideas - he really is a lovely guy who thinks rasing kids is an important and deeply fulfilling job.

I ordered Raising Babies as soon as I knew it was coming out - co-incidentally a few weeks after having my first baby. I read it in one sitting and I told my husband then and there I wasn't going back to work.

Steve encourages us to make a shift in attitude from working all hours to acquire more stuff to enjoying the pleasures of our family.

I'd always hoped to spend the first few years at home and even though we can't really afford it - my husband earns well below the national average - it is a sacrifice I am willing to make.

But its not really a sacrifice because staying home is a an absolute privilege. Any day at home with my son beats a day at work - and I had an interesting job as as journalist and PR consultant.

To hell with all the "stuff" you think you need - stay home, enjoy these precious early years. The cars, cruises and couture can wait!
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last, someone brave enough to speak the truth 22 Mar. 2006
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I have followed this debate for the last 10 years and as a mother of 4, am always interested in the latest. I have worked and put my child in a nursery and stayed at home, tha latter of which I feel most comfortable with but feel is devalued by society.
People that say the author (and anyone that shares a simelar line of thought) simply wants mothers to return to the kitchen are misinformed and failing to see the point. This book never suggests such a thing. I doubt such people have actually read the book. It is not so much about women working, but about the types of care for the child. In this case, concerns of research, child development, options, and the concerns backed up with research.
The book is very easy to read and outlines cleary the concerns with group nursery care, the research and what can be done. I highly recommnend it to anyone considering the dilema or to stay home parents who need to be reassured that their sacrifice will pay off despite what we often feel.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book! 16 May 2006
Like the other reviewer I have never before been more compelled to post a comment on a book. If you are deciding whether or not to buy this book-BUY IT! It is a definite must read for any parent and actually for all politicians-these are big issues. I was always uncomfortable with the idea of babies or small children (or any children) in care for long hours away from someone who loves them but Steve Biddulph confirms and articulates all my innate feelings. As a recent first-time Mum this book helped me in my decision to put a career change on hold. The early years are so vital and you don't get them back. Enjoy the read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great, thought provoking book on parenting 14 Dec. 2008
By Mel :-)
I have read a number of parenting books since having my first child. I like the style of this author as he writes in a very accessible way. He presents the facts as he sees them and leaves you to decide how to use them. I found this book really interesting and it has helped me to confirm that we are giving the best possible start to our child. My husband and I share his care and both work part time but I had started to wonder whether he may be better going to nursery for some time in each week for social interaction. I realise now that at nearly one he is much, much better served by the arrangement we have. I really liked the sections on how a babies brain develops. I think that some of it might be quite an uncomfortable read for parents who work full time and have children in nurseries for long hours unless they are absolutely sure about the type and quality of care that they are recieving.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 28 Mar. 2006
I have never before felt so strongly about a book as to post a review. This book is a triumph and a must read for all new parents. We are fortunate to live in a time where more is understood about a baby's brain then ever before. This book will help you make the right decision regarding the care of your child, and learn alot in the process.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an eye opener: time to wake-up, parents 2 Jun. 2013
By Celi
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I finished my maternity leave last September but chose to keep my DD at home with me, while working from home part time. My fellow NCT mates all have put their kids (born January 2012) to nursery from 2 to 5 days a week, and so have a lot of my other acquaintances. I will start by saying that some of them have been hospitalised with gastroenteritis, one has repeated ear infections... Believe it or not, they are trying to convince me that my DD needs it to "boost her immune system" I will not even bother commenting on that one.
I used to take my DD to an (overcrowded) toddler group but I've stopped after she (then just 1) got smacked on her head by a 3-yo whose mum (of 2) was busy with her baby and didn't even catch him. One of my friends managed to say "It will toughen her". Only to say I can easily believe that fights go on at nurseries and the staff can't possibly stop them all in time if it's 1 to 3, and now the Government wants to make it 1 to 5 or 1 to 6 (a joke). At age 1, kids cannot possibly memorise that it's rude to grab toys of someone's hands, hence it happens all the time in toddler groups, so it's bound to happen in nurseries. I'm sure it's bad habits that they keep.
Another friend said nursery was good for socialising even tho they don't properly socialise before they're at least 2, and I could go on. Only to say the idea that nursery is beneficial is still widespread.
Only one man whose 1st born went to nursery but whose 2nd did not, as mum quit her job, told me and my DH that he thought his 2nd child did much better without nursery. I wish more people felt that way.
SB says that reading the book, sadly, will not change the view of people who don't want to hear the message, but at least, it has very much comforted me in my view and I have more of a leg to stand on next time I'm told that my DD "needs" day care.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good to have another perspective to consider
I think the author bring a refreshing though perhaps not popular point of view. So often the impact of day care on young children is not considered and i think this book will make... Read more
Published 1 day ago by K. Williams-Pignon
5.0 out of 5 stars Might not be what you want to hear, but it is insightful and hugely...
Honestly maybe life would be easier not knowing some of this stuff - but I'd rather not bury my head in the sand and regret it later. The research is startling and interesting. Read more
Published 20 days ago by holdall
4.0 out of 5 stars Very thought provoking
This book tells you what you in your heart know already about nursery care for under 3's, it just gives you the research to back it up. Read more
Published 1 month ago by thedarkhorse
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely and informative
I loved this book.
I have read How to raise boys and more recently How to raise girls, when my daughter was born. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Daniela
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must read' for all new parents and those planning to and imagining...
Developing scientific and experience based evidence as to who's best to care for and nurture our little ones, from a well respected author. Thank you!
Published 4 months ago by Alex Cutmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Mr Biddulph for explaining with the right words ...
Thank you Mr Biddulph for explaining with the right words how damaging it is for young babies to be away too long too often from their primary carer
Published 7 months ago by elya
5.0 out of 5 stars brutally honest...
For a committed career woman this was an uncomfortable read but it had incredibly well put together and logical arguments. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sblig
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read & informative.
Steve Biddulph includes a lot of common sense within his books but does back up claims with relevant research. Easy to read & informative.
Published 13 months ago by Miss L A Gentle
5.0 out of 5 stars Succinct argument for raising your young yourself
A well researched essay on the growing concerns over modern day child care and it's long term repercussions on our young.
Published 15 months ago by Mancy Witch
5.0 out of 5 stars Raising Babies should under 3's go to nursery
Excellent easy read, using for my dissertation provides all the information I could possibly need! Interesting book to refer to! Best bargain I have bought!
Published 18 months ago by Lissygrace
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