The Intuitive Parent: Why the Best Thing for Your Child Is You Hardcover – Aug 18 2015
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“Stephen Camarata is the world’s expert on late-talking children, and one of the world’s experts on cognitive and social disorders of childhood. In addition to being a distinguished researcher, Camarata is known for his judicious evaluations of diagnoses and treatments of childhood disorders, many of which are closer to snake oil than solid science. In The Intuitive Parent Camarata mixes scientific judgment with common sense and a humane concern for the well-being of children and their terrified parents. This book is guaranteed to improve the welfare of children, protect the sanity (and wallets) of parents, and infuriate the quacks who prey on them.”
—Steven Pinker, professor of psychology, Harvard University; author of The Better Angels of Our Nature
“In The Intuitive Parent, Dr. Camarata tells you to trust your judgment and do what comes naturally—intuitively—as a parent. As a pediatrician and a parent, I know it is important to do what he says: relax and answer your child’s amazing questions. Not only is it fun, but as Dr. Camarata explains so well, you are assisting healthy brain development.”
—Dr. Ed McCabe, senior vice president and chief medical officer, March of Dimes
“Stephen Camarata, PhD and father of seven, has two important messages for worried parents: follow your child’s lead and enjoy the moment. This book is a welcome antidote to flashcards and tutors for two year olds.”
—Erika Hoff, PhD, professor of psychology, Florida Atlantic University; author of Language Development
About the Author
STEPHEN M. CAMARATA, PhD has raised seven children and is a professor in the department of psychiatry and a professor of hearing and speech sciences at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He is also an associate professor of special education at Peabody College at Vanderbilt and the author of Late-Talking Children. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee.See all Product Description
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Camarata chimed well with me for several reasons. First and foremost, he assured me that I'm a good parent--using science. I come from a family of overachievers so you can see why I would really, really, REALLY want my daughter to have a great head start. Everything from carrying her a couple extra days and delaying the cord cutting to breastfeeding and taking many, many walks were all for the development of her precious little brain.
I know. I sound like one of THOSE parents. I would swear I'm not crazy but I really don't know anymore.
Anyway, Camarata also had a good mix of assuming his audience is smart, but not so smart that some things need to be explained. At no point did I feel patronized or talked (written?) down to. I understood the things that weren't explained and it was a nice surprise to find things that were explained.
Mixing in personal examples as well as leaving detailed source notes only served to make the book interesting as well as credible. It bugs me SO much when a book says "According to a study...." and then doesn't tell me which study. Makes it seem made up.
Last but not least: Would I buy it? I would buy this for myself, and then my sister. And then any time someone at work gets pregnant I'm buying a copy for their baby shower.
In either case, THE INTUITIVE PARENT is a must-read for any new parent just starting out who desires to raise life-long learners. And who wouldn't want that, right?
Dr. Camarata is a veteran parent himself, having raised seven children; now grandfather to three. What's more, he holds an advanced degree in developmental psychology.
Parents these days are inundated with a host of "Brainy Baby" products from DVDs to flashcards, educational toys, and so much more. Do they really work? Dr. Camarata debunks many of the myths of these so-called brainy products, and shares that what these babies really need above and all is their parents. Engaged, supportive, and tuned-in parents. He shows this through case studies, research, and his own experiences (seven kids, remember?) in which we can turn all of our kids into the confident, curious, and well-adjusted children we all dream of.
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