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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (7 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405320362
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405320368
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.1 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,059 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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101 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Ellie on 14 July 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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66 of 72 people found the following review helpful By G. Groom on 25 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Queenie75 on 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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81 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Seymour Sunshine on 26 Jun. 2011
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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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I found this book extremely helpful. I would recommend this to anyone looking after children. It gave me a helpful understanding of the science of a child's brain. At first I was convinced that using techniques in this book would have me wrapped around my sons little finger, but that couldn't be further than the truth. We are a happier household for having this book as a good source of information and support.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Emmalina on 8 Jun. 2006
Format: Hardcover
At last, an intelligent book about parenting and childhood that isn't written by a drivelling idiot or a fascist who hates children. This book is a blueprint for better understanding what is happening within your child's brain and for helping them to grow into a confident adult. Instead of promising 'control' over your child it aids understanding and helps a parent to see how they can support their child in their emotional development. The explanations are simple without being patronising and give a fascinating insight into human biology blowing apart many of the myths put out there by baby trainers and the like. I love this book and it is the first of its kind I do not want to consign to the bin! If you actually like your child and want to think for yourself rather than following someone elses receipe for living then this is the book for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Missewla on 22 May 2013
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Ignore the negative reviews, EVERY parent needs to know whats in this book. This book will help ensure you don't have any regrets with your children. Even if you don't find it helpful to you (which you will) then at least you are aware of the facts.
I know It will help me show empathy and try and understand what's going on in my little one's heads so i can be an attentive and loving parent by trying to always put myself in their shoes. I loved it - so refreshing to hear scientific facts about what goes on in our bodies, rather than so called 'parent experts' (who don't even have kids, eg Gina Ford and Tracy Hogg) who set rigid rules and teach to train children like dogs which only benefit the parents, not the children. What we do with our children when they are young, effects them for life.
Just buy this book, if you have a heart, you won't be disappointed.
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