What Every Parent Needs to Know: The incredible effects of love, nurture and play on your child's development Paperback – 7 Jun 2007
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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 the Hardcover edition.
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First prize winner in the Popular Medicine Category of the 2007 BMA Medical Book Awards
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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!
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...
I found it great in helping me understand the development of the human brain
and the importance of early experiences for your child's brain development.
Having never let our children' cry it out' we were delighted to learn that science backed us up.
There's lots to learn here eg. a tiny infant does not have the brain sophistication to
manipulate us ie. become so called'spoilt.' There's also lots to learn here about toddlers and
young children's behaviour too. Great buy.
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.
It is also an easy read with lots of examples and pictures so you don't need a degree to understand the concepts.
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