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The Science of Parenting [Paperback]

Margot Sunderland
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Book Description

1 Sep 2008
It's time to re-write the rule book on raising a child. Based on over 700 scientific studies into children's development, BMA award-winning author and child psychotherapist Dr. Margot Sunderland explains how to develop your child's potential to the full. Find out the truth about popular childcare tactics, how touch, laughter and play build emotional wellbeing for life, and the strategies for effectively dealing with temper tantrums and tears. This is the first practical parenting book to give you the facts, not the fiction on the best way to bring up your child, essential for any parent.
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley; Reprint edition (1 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075663993X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756639938
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 17.8 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Margot Sunderland is Director of Education and Training at The Centre for Child Mental Health London, Honorary Visiting Fellow at London Metropolitan University, and Child Psychotherapist with over thirty years experience of working with children and families. Dr Sunderland is the author of over twenty books, which collectively have been translated into eighteen languages and published in twenty-four countries. Her internationally acclaimed book, "What Every Parent Needs to Know", endorsed by world leading neuroscientist Professor Jaak Panksepp, won First Prize in the British Medical Association Medical Book awards 2007 (Popular Medicine section). The book has also been voted one of the top brain books of our time by The Dana Foundation. Her books which form the "Helping Children with Feelings' series (Speechmark Publishing) are found to be hugely beneficial by a great number of child professionals. Dr Sunderland is also founding Director of the Higher Education College, The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education. The Institute offers Masters Degree courses in Integrative Child Psychotherapy and Integrative Arts Psychotherapy and many other related courses in child counselling and therapeutic play. Dr Sunderland undertakes many speaking engagements on her work in the UK and abroad.

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"The author, a child psychologist and director of training at the Centre for Child Mental Health in London, explains the science without losing sight of the realities of raising a child" Mother & Baby 01/07/06 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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First prize winner in the Popular Medicine Category of the 2007 BMA Medical Book Awards
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
What's the difference between a distressed fit of crying and a controlling 'little Nero' tantrum? How does letting a very young baby cry itself to sleep release harmful body chemicals and discourage trust? How do loving, nurturing behaviours coupled with firm boundaries make for a harmonious relationship with your child?

These and many other questions answered.

There are so many old wives' tales around when it comes to raising your baby and child that this book, by a responsible and caring child psychologist, helps you work out sensible solutions. Are doctors and health visitors always right when giving advice on the emotional health of your baby or does an expert in attachment perhaps have better answers? This book helps you decide and become an empowered parent. It puts the child centre stage because the early experiences of a baby set patterns for life. At the same time, it honours the needs of mothers, who need love, support and community. I hope this is the way parenting will progress in future years.
Please read this book if you are pregnant or a new mother... it's very helpful...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 8 Feb 2013
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Excellent text book or parental guide - fits both perfectly in an non patronising and fully researched manner. Too many weirdy, poorly researched so called parent gurus out there who are unfortunately gathering followers (Gina Ford, Super Nanny - I aim that at you two directly!). I am a health visitor and could not sing this books praise enough. As I said for parents or for text book for child development - excellent.
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98 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last! A real science based parenting book! 14 July 2006
By Ellie
In a world where one is bombarded by conflicting advice about what is best for my child (sleep routines, behaviour, tantrums, etc.), this book is like a breath of fresh air. Unlike those thousands of opinion based parenting books, which have no scientific evidence to corroborate those opinions, The Science of Parenting is packed with useful advice, backed up with literally hundreds of scientific studies.

The author conveys what are quite complex scientific concepts in easy to understand language, diagrams and she uses examples of behaviour that I have seen in my own child.

It's so refreshing to see something solid and different from the same old baby books, and it's a fascinating read!
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71 of 80 people found the following review helpful
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Most of this book is excellent and I would recommend it very highly but for one very important chapter: All about discipline.

The author simply has no idea of the difference between punishments and consequences - and it is a crucial difference that parents must understand if they are to discipline with love and kindness.

A consequence is something that repairs damage or makes restitution in some way. A punishment, on the other hand, extracts retribution.

Assume that your child writes on the wall. A consequence of this would be that she has to clean it up. An alternative consequence may be that she has to sit in a chair in silence while watching an obviously irritated Dad clean it up. A punishment would be something like not allowing her to watch a TV program or something else completely unrelated to the "crime."

The crucial difference is that children will accept and learn from consequences but will inevitably resent punishments.

(And it should be noted that "Time Out" is a punishment. You are thinking that your child in "Time Out" is considering the error of her ways. She is, in fact, seething inside at the injustice you have heaped upon her. She may come out of "Time Out" a bit calmer, but I promise you that she is no wiser.)

Apart from this, the book is very good and makes clear explanations of the neuroscience behind children's development and how best to help your children grow up into happy and healthy individuals.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important book for parents to read 16 Jun 2011
The advice in this book is really important. It is empowering & reminds parents of the the importance of following their own instincts. For example, it currently seems the norm for controlled crying to be recommended by Health Visitors & touted as the quick fix & answer for sleep problems etc. but do you know why it is so upsetting to hear a baby cry? It's because babies shouldn't be left to cry - they should be loved & comforted & held. I learned a lot from this book, particularly that a quiet child is not necessarily a happy child. A child left alone to cry simply learns that no-one answers their cries, so they give up trying to communicate their needs & are left silently distressed, abandoned & powerless. Children can't comfort themselves they need a loving parent to calm their fears & help them relax & feel loved & comforted, so themselves learning to trust & feel secure. A toddler misbehaving or having a tantrum doesn't need 'time out', they need more 'time in', they need comforting & calming to deal with their big uncontrollable emotions. A clingy child doesn't need an enforced separation - they need to be allowed to cling before they confidently & tentatively explore further & further on their own, securely knowing that a loving parent is still there whenever they feel the need to 'touch base'. There is lots of interesting 'scientific' information in this book - the science & brain chemistry of emotions & feelings & how children develop to become confident adults. This book is a useful reference for parents with babies & children of all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As in the title helps to explain a lot.
Published 9 days ago by gigi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book and well illustrated. Really accessible to the non-scientist
Published 10 days ago by S. Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a very useful book to read. Only downside is that there is a bit of repeating to ensure the message is taken in. Great first book for a new parent.
Published 26 days ago by rfen
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
I am really pleased with this book, the fact that it is based on scientific research gives me confidence that the information we have on how our parenting affects our children is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by madamostrakova
5.0 out of 5 stars Evidence based advice for bringing up your little ones
I've read many books based on someone's idea about what you should do to bring up your kids. This is based on actual research. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant written
Really eady read and applied some aspects of this with my 5 yr old and its really made a difference.
Published 1 month ago by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for adopters
Really good for prospective adopters, who havent had children of there own, informative, and a very easy read. Highly recommended
Published 3 months ago by larissa
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of facts inside
Written from a factual point of view which suits me fine. A lot of the advice is pretty obvious but I guess there are people who will benefit from being told the basics.
Published 4 months ago by J, Swindon
5.0 out of 5 stars Just excellent!
I found the book excellent! I believe that the title reflects exactly the content of the book. I definitely recommend it! It is a must-read book...

Published 4 months ago by kyriaki
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever!
This book was recommended to me by my health visitor and it is great. It looks at behaviour, discipline and sleeping (all areas we were having difficulties with) and makes you... Read more
Published 4 months ago by jojoba
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