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The Yale Child Study Center Guide to Understanding Your Child: Healthy Development from Birth to Adolescence [Paperback]

Linda C. Mayes , Donald J. Cohen
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Feb. 25 2003
How is a two-year-old's capacity for experiencing emotion different from a five-year-old's? What can and should you do to encourage your child's development of motor skills? Can you stimulate your baby to be smarter? How should you help your child differentiate between right and wrong? The Yale Child Study Center, founded in 1911, is world renowned not only for its contributions to the scientific and clinical understanding of infant and child development but also for bringing the insights of its cutting-edge research directly to parents. The Yale Child Study Center Guide to Understanding Your Child is a book that empowers parents to build healthy families in their own way, finding their own style. The authors map out how children develop and what parents do -- often in the most basic of their daily interactions with their children -- to enhance their children's growth. They consider both the child's and the parents' perspectives as they address an extraordinary array of issues and topics, from choosing child care to balancing family and work responsibilities, from coping with bullies to talking with your child about significant life passages such as new siblings, divorce, and death. Unrivaled in its scope and authority, this practical, comforting, easy-to-use guide is steeped in the common sense and compassion that are the hallmarks of the Yale Child Study Center. It is destined to become the standard by which all other books on child development are measured.


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Arranged by topics like early baby functions, emotional growth, learning right from wrong, and sexuality and gender, this encyclopedic guide explains all facets of children's psychological and physical growth and advises parents on how best to stimulate development and resolve common dilemmas. The authors, professors of child psychiatry and pediatrics at the Yale Child Study Center, write in reassuring language. "If you are listening to Mozart," they explain, "by all means play Mozart as you rock your infant. But if you prefer to sing along with Ray Charles, there's no need to choose Mozart instead. The games, books, and other products that keep you and your child interested are more useful than those `recommend by experts' for children in general." Perhaps the most helpful sections of the book are those focused on school. Parents will find information on diagnosing learning disabilities, finding special schools, encouraging reading, and coping with school-related behavior problems. Some parents accustomed to slim, trendy tomes may initially find this hefty volume intimidating, but it deserves a place on the parenting shelf in every household.

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Although this survey of child development and parenthood packs considerable wisdom and bears a prestigious imprimatur, it comes off as fairly generic. With its emphasis on a conceptual, developmental approach, it stands out in strong intellectual counterpoint to the quick how-to tactics of many contemporary titles, such as Sally Ward's BabyTalk: Strengthen Your Child's Ability To Listen, Understand and Communicate (LJ 3/15/01). Mayes, director of early childhood programs at the Yale Child Study Center, and Cohen, its former director, cover individual topics in 36 chapters (e.g., "Your Baby's Motor Development," "Sexuality and Gender," "The Course of Pregnancy"). Though this comprehensiveness is a plus, much of the advice is common sense ("negative experiences or the absence of appropriate care may cause serious, enduring harm to early brain development"). As admirable as the authors' goals are, it is hard to imagine public library patrons reading and retaining this much general information. For larger public libraries. (Index not seen.) Douglas C. Lord, Connecticut State Lib., Hartford
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wide-ranging, eminently readable reference May 17 2003
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The collaboration of Linda C. Mayes (Arnold Gesell Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center) and Donald J. Cohen (Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center), The Yale Child Study Center Guide To Understanding Your Child: Healthy Development From Birth To Adolescence is a superbly practical and "reader friendly" guide for parents which compiles the findings and discoveries of the Yale Child Study Center (an organization first founded in 1911) in order to assisting men and women in finding their own parenting style, achieve balance between family and work duties, and acquire ways to strengthen the ties the bind their family relationships and deal with difficult issues arising from new siblings, to school bullies, to divorce and death. The Yale Child Study Center Guide To Understanding Your Child is confidently recommended as being a wide-ranging, eminently readable reference packed with solid information for parents and caretakers of children everywhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good reference June 10 2006
By RI - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is good if you want a book that doesn't tell you how to parent, but rather helps you understand your baby/child. With the information in this book, you can make your own educated decisions on how to parent. It's very straightforward and it's easy to use it as a reference if you have a specific question.

If you're tired of books that tell you how you should be parenting but are interested rather in your child's development, this could be for you. It makes you think and is not a manual.

For example, in the sleep section, it doesn't tell you what to do, but rather the implications of different methods of helping your kid sleep and why your kid might be having trouble or falling into certain patterns (like maybe it's just part of development). This book really respects the parent-child relationship.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wide-ranging, eminently readable reference May 17 2003
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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The collaboration of Linda C. Mayes (Arnold Gesell Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center) and Donald J. Cohen (Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center), The Yale Child Study Center Guide To Understanding Your Child: Healthy Development From Birth To Adolescence is a superbly practical and "reader friendly" guide for parents which compiles the findings and discoveries of the Yale Child Study Center (an organization first founded in 1911) in order to assisting men and women in finding their own parenting style, achieve balance between family and work duties, and acquire ways to strengthen the ties the bind their family relationships and deal with difficult issues arising from new siblings, to school bullies, to divorce and death. The Yale Child Study Center Guide To Understanding Your Child is confidently recommended as being a wide-ranging, eminently readable reference packed with solid information for parents and caretakers of children everywhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Yale Child Study Center Guide to Understanding Your Child Dec 27 2007
By Maynard D. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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This book will be very helpful in planning a course on child development with interested parents. Though I have a background in work with chilren, my knowledge base is mostly theoretical and I needed something that would help me address the everyday issues that parents of young children face and I am hoping that many of them will be willing to get the book as a reference for themselves.
4.0 out of 5 stars A great find. Oct. 6 2013
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I'm really pleased with the condition of this textbook. The cover is clean and the pages aren't highlighted. It only had one
torn page which is the title page. It was just delivered late.
5.0 out of 5 stars CHEAP PRICE!!! July 26 2013
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Great Book and a very easy read. I bought this for a class I am taking and enjoyed the book and the class! - Cecily
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