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The Intuitive Parent: Why the Best Thing for Your Child Is You Hardcover – Aug 18 2015

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Current (Aug. 18 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591846137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591846130
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 717 g
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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.

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HASH(0xa119d48c) out of 5 stars Great gift for parents Aug. 29 2015
By Kristina - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I got this book for free through the GoodReads FirstReads program in exchange for an honest review.

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.
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HASH(0xa0e2b558) out of 5 stars A brilliant and highly readable guidebook for parents from a leading scientist Nov. 16 2015
By Jane - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A brilliant book from a leading child development scientist and father of seven. This is the antidote to the barrage of products that savvy marketing departments want you to think your infant needs. Camarata shares scientific evidence and professional experience in support of his conclusion that the best thing for your child is you. Providing parents with the means to read their child’s learning readiness cues and the skills to promote healthy, learning-filled exchanges, he offers parents a clear and enjoyable guide to the parenting journey.
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HASH(0xa0e2bc78) out of 5 stars A Helpful and Engaging Read May 22 2016
By wise shopper - Published on
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Although I'm a senior citizen who has already raised her child, this book has been so helpful to me in regard to my many young nieces and nephews. It is so common sense in it's approach to child care. The author also restored my confidence in communicating and being there as a real and physical presence to the children in my life.
HASH(0xa0e2bc60) out of 5 stars Perfect for New Parents and Those Raising Young Kids Sept. 8 2015
By Leslie Lindsay - Published on
Format: Hardcover
4.5 total stars for this hands-on, research-based, whole-child book on parenting. It's only missing a half star because some of the material (at least to me) was a bit redundant, something I had read or seen somewhere else, most likely in my practice as a former child psych RN, or maybe just because I have older kids (8 and 10 years).

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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HASH(0xa0abe0b4) out of 5 stars Five Stars June 13 2016
By RT PANCHAL - Published on
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Great book. Every parents should read