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Current Western parenting advice, says Deborah Jackson, stresses the need to minimise the "bother" that children cause; Jackson claims that this culture views the child as a potentially dominating personality that could undermine parental authority when older and emphasises that this tendency needs to be trained out of them early. The author disputes the scientific basis for such claims, and such a culture, and appeals to parents to trust their own instincts. Using extensive research she puts the case for a child-orientated approach to parenting.
This book is controversial, thought-provoking, carefully researched and passionately argued. It is extremely interesting, and, even if you don't accept all her conclusions, will definitely prompt the reader to reassess their own expectations of the parent-child relationship. --Alison Jardine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'A practical guide on how to get some sleep when there is always a little person around during the night' -- Mother
'An impeccably researched rulebook for the thoroughly modern mother ... lively, impressive' -- Daily Mail
'Draws on startling medical and historical evidence' -- Daily Star
'Jackson provides intellectual justification for what we already instinctively felt was right' -- The Times Magazine
'Read this book before you have your baby if you can - if not, read it anyway' -- Australia's Parents
I have recommended this book to a friend and have recently had a message back with a huge thankyou as has completely given her the reassurance she needed and that if she had book... Read morePublished 1 day ago by natalie templar
A brilliant read if you, like me, feel that the popular trend to let your little one cry their hearts out ( and mummy too! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Claire
This book was a great help during the early days of co-sleeping - something we didn't really plan to do but just happened. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Braban
Wish I had read this when my little boy was tiny. It's a great read, with some great stats in it. As well as good information about people around the world.Published 3 months ago by Rachel
Three in a bed is a wonderful book about the benefits of bed sharing and physical closeness with your baby. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alison Campbell
Liked the revealing of Victorian era practices. Definitely agree that time for review and introspection is desperately needed. Read morePublished 5 months ago by MissJones
Much needed book in the world where leaving infants to cry at night is the norm.Published 6 months ago by jana
Very accessibly written and easy to follow dialogue. Made me feel much more confident about my choices as a new mum.Published 9 months ago by Isha Biesta