Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent

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Vintage #ad - But as scientists are discovering, much of the trusted advice that has been passed down through generations needs to be carefully reexamined. In this ground-breaking book, anthropologist Meredith Small reveals her remarkable findings in the new science of ethnopediatrics. A thought-provoking combination of practical parenting information and scientific analysis,  Our Babies, Ourselves is the first book to explore why we raise our children the way we do--and to suggest that we reconsider our culture's traditional views on parenting.

New parents are faced with innumerable decisions to make regarding the best way to care for their baby, and, naturally, they often turn for guidance to friends and family members who have already raised children. Professor small joins pediatricians, child-development researchers, and anthropologists across the country who are studying to what extent the way we parent our infants is based on biological needs and to what extent it is based on culture--and how sometimes what is culturally dictated may not be what's best for babies.

Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent #ad - Should an infant be encouraged to sleep alone? is breast-feeding better than bottle-feeding, or is that just a myth of the nineties? How much time should pass before a mother picks up her crying infant? And how important is it really to a baby's development to talk and sing to him or her?These are but a few of the important questions Small addresses, and the answers not only are surprising, but may even change the way we raise our children.

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Kids: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Raise Young Children

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Anchor #ad - Covering myriad aspects of the miraculous process of human growth, and morality in general, Small breaks new ground on topics such as why childhood is the optimum time for acquiring language skills; how children absorb knowledge and learn to solve problems; how empathy, make their way into a child's psyche; and the ways in which gender impacts identity.

Unraveling the deep-seated notions prescribed in most parenting books, Kids combines the latest scientific research on human evolution and biology with Small's own keen observations of various cultures for a lively, eye-opening view of early childhood in America. To what extent do our parenting practices help or hinder our children? as parents, Ourselves, how much influence do we have over what kind of people our children will grow up to be? In the follow-up to her critically acclaimed Our Babies, Cornell anthropologist Meredith Small now takes on these and other crucial questions about the development of preschool children aged one to six.

Kids: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Raise Young Children #ad - While our babies, ourselves explored the physical and cultural preconceptions behind child-rearing and offered new clues to parenting practices that might be detrimental to a baby's best interest, Kids delves even deeper. Small not only reveals how children in this age group socialize and absorb the rules that underlie the societies they live in; she also explains the extent to which parents enhance or hold back the emotional and psychological growth of their kids.

In her engaging style, small blends memorable accounts from her own experiences raising a preschooler with fascinating findings from her pioneering cross-cultural research, which spanned the country as well as the globe. Underlying each chapter is an illuminating discussion of how the roles parents assign children in America shape the self-esteem and self-image of a future generation.

Rich with vivid anecdotes and profound insight, Kids will cause readers to rethink their own parenting styles, along with every age-old assumption about how to raise a happy, healthy kid.

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A World of Babies: Imagined Childcare Guides for Eight Societies

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Cambridge University Press #ad - Should babies sleep alone in cribs, or in bed with parents? Is talking to babies useful, or a waste of time? A World of Babies provides different answers to these and countless other childrearing questions, precisely because diverse communities around the world hold drastically different beliefs about parenting.

Parenthood may never again seem a matter of 'common sense'. Fully updated for the twenty-first century, this edition features a new introduction and eight new or revised case studies that directly address contemporary parenting challenges, from China and Peru to Israel and the West Bank. While celebrating that diversity, the book also explores the challenges that poverty, globalization and violence pose for parents.

A World of Babies: Imagined Childcare Guides for Eight Societies #ad - Written as imagined advice manuals to parents, the creative format of this book brings alive a rich body of knowledge that highlights many models of baby-rearing - each shaped by deeply held values and widely varying cultural contexts.

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The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children-And the World

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PublicAffairs #ad - Your child can achieve great things. A few years ago, pregnant women in four corners of the world heard those words and hoped they could be true. The 1, is focused on providing proper nutrition during the first 1, devastating food crises and new research on the economic and social costs of childhood hunger and stunting, 000 days of children's lives, a response to recent, 000 Days movement, beginning with their mother's pregnancy.

Among them were esther okwir in rural uganda, in guatemala's western highlands, where the infant mortality rate is among the highest in the world; Jessica Saldana, the mother of four girls in a low-caste village in India; and Maria Estella, a high school student in a violence-scarred Chicago neighborhood; Shyamkali, where most people are riddled with parasites and moms can rarely afford the fresh vegetables they farm.

The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children-And the World #ad - Greatness? it was an audacious thought, given their circumstances. But they had new cause to be hopeful: they were participating in an unprecedented international initiative designed to transform their lives, the lives of their children, and ultimately the world. Proper nutrition during these days can profoundly influence an individual's ability to grow, learn, and work-and determine a society's long-term health and prosperity.

In this inspiring, economics, roger thurow takes us into the lives of families on the forefront of the movement to illuminate the science, lack of education and sanitation, disease, charting the exciting progress of this global effort and the formidable challenges it still faces: economic injustice, and politics of malnutrition, sometimes heartbreaking book, misogyny, and corruption.

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The Motherhood Manifesto: What America's Moms Want - and What To Do About It

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Bold Type Books #ad - From professional women who hit the maternal wall, to childcare workers who can't afford quality care for their own children, this book captures what it means to be a mother in America today. Women shouldn't be discriminated against simply because they are mothers. But they are! the motherhood manifesto shares the heartfelt stories of mothers in America who dream of jobs with flexibility and benefits, and mothers who, time and time again, mothers who can't afford their children's health and childcare expenses, are penalized for raising a new generation.

This groundbreaking book also celebrates the successes of companies that have discovered the value of good family policies, families who are making it work, model childcare programs, and legislation that supports families.

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Mothers and Others

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Harvard University Press #ad - Out of this complicated and contingent form of childrearing, Hrdy argues, came the human capacity for understanding others. Mothers and others finds the key in the primatologically unique length of human childhood. In essence, mothers and others teach us who will care, and who will not. Renowned anthropologist sarah hrdy argues that if human babies were to survive in a world of scarce resources, fathers, aunts, they would need to be cared for, friends—and, with any luck, not only by their mothers but also by siblings, grandmothers.

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The Development of Children

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Worth Publishers #ad - The development of children has long been acclaimed for its authoritative chronological exploration of how the lives of children are shaped by biological and cultural factors. Throughout, the emphasis is on how the interaction of biology and culture contributes both to the universal pathways of development shared by all children and to the diverse developmental patterns that unfold in the lives of individual children.

In this thoroughly updated new edition, engaging, lead author Cynthia Lightfoot builds on the legacy of original authors Michael and Sheila Cole, and always accessible examination of child development as a process involving the whole child within multiple, offering a lively, mutually influencing contexts.

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What's Going on in There?: How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life

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Bantam #ad - Children's development is determined both by the genes they are born with and the richness of their early environment. This remarkable book also discusses: how a baby's brain is "assembled" from scratch the critical prenatal factors that shapebrain development how the birthing process itself affects the brain which forms of stimulation are most effective at promoting cognitive development how boys' and girls' brains develop differently how nutrition, stress, and other physical and social factors can permanently affect a child's brain Brilliantly blending cutting-edge science with a mother's wisdom and insight, What's Going On in There? is an invaluable contribution to the nature versus nurture debate.

And just as important, she was interested in finding out how her role as a nurturer can affect this complex process. How much of her baby's development is genetically ordained--and how much is determined by environment? Is there anything parents can do to make their babies' brains work better--to help them become smarter, happier people?Drawing upon the exploding research in this field as well as the stories of real children, What's Going On in There? is a lively and thought-provoking book that charts the brain's development from conception through the critical first five years.

What's Going on in There?: How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life #ad - In examining the many factors that play crucial roles in that process, memory, language, motor skills, What's Going On in There? explores the evolution of the senses, social and emotional behaviors, and mental functions such as attention, reasoning, and intelligence. But it wasn't until she was pregnant with her first child that she became intrigued with the study of brain development.

She wanted to know precisely how the baby's brain is formed, skill, and when and how each sense, and cognitive ability is developed. As a research neuroscientist, Lise Eliot has made the study of the human brain her life's work.

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Intimate Worlds: How Families Thrive and Why They Fail

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Ballantine Books #ad - As maggie scarf probes the motives and meanings of these compelling dramas, she reveals the essential truths of how families shape human identity. As the first social organization that we each encounter, the family is where we learn the most fundamental and enduring lessons of our lives. In intimate worlds, as in most of our lives, family is riveting, white-knuckle stuff.

The washington post book worldin intimate Worlds, bestselling author Maggie Scarf takes on the most important, and most universal, subject of her distinguished career: the family. Yet for too many, perplexing, those lessons turn out to be painful, and emotionally crippling. Spanning the spectrum of family health from dysfunctional through optimal, eating disorders, difficulties with attachment and nurturance, these families grapple with serious substance abuse, sexual problems, and buried resentments that surface generation after generation.

Scarf knows the intricacies of the family structure and, even better, knows how to write well about them. Combining lucid analysis with warm human understanding, Intimate Worlds is a major work that both clarifies and deepens our knowledge of family relationships. Wrought with care and commitment, it is meticulously researched and will, I think, serve as a valuable resource for families struggling to understand themselves.

Intimate Worlds: How Families Thrive and Why They Fail #ad - Los angeles Times. In this luminous, beautifully written book, scarf brilliantly examines the complex ways in which families create their own intimate rules and patterns of interaction, and how by understanding these dynamics we can each improve the quality of our own family life. At the book's core are the stories of four fascinating families and the very different ways they enact the central issues of family life: power and intimacy; conflict and love; individuality and group identification.

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Birth in Four Cultures: A Crosscultural Investigation of Childbirth in Yucatan, Holland, Sweden, and the United States

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Waveland Press, Inc. #ad - While the process of childbirth is, in some sense, everywhere the same, it is also everywhere different in that each culture has produced a birthing system that is strikingly dissimilar from the others. Based on her fieldwork in the united States, Holland, Sweden, and Yucatan, Jordan develops a framework for the discussion and investigation of different birthing systems.

Illustrated with useful examples and lively anecdotes from Jordan’s own fieldwork, the Fourth Edition of this innovative comparative ethnography brings the reader to a deeper understanding of childbirth as a culturally grounded, biosocially mediated, and interactionally achieved event.

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