Parenting with Reason: Evidence-Based Approaches to Parenting Dilemmas

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Overview

Sometimes it feels as though everybody has an opinion on how you should bring up your child - and no two people seem to agree on how it should be done for the best! Parenting with Reason cuts through the masses of confusing and often contradictory advice about parenting by providing hard evidence to back up the tough decisions all parents face. Unlike many self-help guides to parenting which are based on the opinion of one author, this book is based on many findings from scientific research, giving you a trustworthy, 'evidence-based' guide to help see your way through parenting dilemmas.

Written by a clinical psychologist, a developmental psychologist and a doctor of family medicine, the book looks at pressing questions such as: 'What should I do when my child acts up?', 'How can I get my baby to sleep through the night?' and 'How do I begin to toilet-train my child?' The authors, who are parents themselves, debunk common myths about parenting and cover issues such as how children might be affected by seeing violence on television, how a parent's psychological health can affect their child, and how divorce and adoption affect a child's development. The end of each chapter gives you 'The Bottom Line', a handy summary of the key points of each issue.

This book is ideal for new or prospective parents, and paediatricians, family health providers and anyone who works with children and their parents will also find the book's objective, scientific approach useful in their work.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Unlike many self-help books, [Parenting with Reason] offers a range of evidence-based advice that leaves the reader able to make up their own mind about an issue, rather than being force-fed the views of the author. Throughout the book, the authors share their own personal experiences of specific parenting dilemmas, allowing readers to feel that they are not the only people who experience such difficulties. This anecdotal style of writing adds a wonderful humorous and personal touch to the book, making it a thoroughly enjoyable read. The end of each chapter presents the bottom line of each issue that was explored, providing a useful summary of the key points as a reminder. This book is well suited to all parents, or prospective parents, and anybody working with children or families." – Esther Yoder Strahan and Wallace E Dixon Jr online at www.youthinmind.info

"There is certainly a need for an evidenced-based approach to parenting. Too much of what has been published over the years on this subject has been written by nonprofessionals and geared to popular trends. The authors—a clinical psychologist, a developmental psychologist, and a family physician—do an admirable job of explaining to the layperson and professional alike their approach to dilemmas such as nutrition of breastfeeding versus bottle feeding, preventing childhood obesity, the ins and outs of toilet training, parenting through the dark days of adolescence, controlling a child’s exposure to pop culture, disciplining, and whether hitting your child can ever be justified." – Mardi Allen in PsycCRITIQUES

"Almost every day there is a story in the news announcing another supposedly scientific finding pertaining to children, parents or families. Parenting with Reason not only offers thoughtful guidance but, much more significantly, provides parents with ways of thinking about what they read and ways to thoughtfully weigh the evidence behind the many claims they encounter. As a result, this clearly written, engaging volume should prove useful to all parents who want the best for their children." – Professor Jay Belsky, Director of the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues, Birkbeck University of London

"What makes Parenting with Reason exceptional is that it treats parents like grown-ups – overwhelmed and baffled grown-ups sometimes, to be sure, but grown-ups never the less. What they offer is something different – research-based evidence for parents to take into account when faced with the many important dilemmas involved in bringing up their children." – Rachel Gould, counsellor and mother of 2

"I would definitely recommend this book to friends as it is so informative and insightful. There is such a wealth of information in this book and I like the way it explodes parenting myths that are not based on science" - Joanna Brown, mother to 5-year-old twins

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415413282
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/2/2009
  • Series: Parent and Child Series
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Esther Yoder Strahan taught for a decade as Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Heidelberg College, combined with part-time clinical practice. She has recently moved into full-time clinical practice. She enjoys travel with her husband Jeffrey and two young children, Laura and Isaac.

Wallace E. Dixon, Jr. is Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at East Tennessee State University. His wife Michele is a clinical child psychologist, and the two struggle to raise their daughters Rachel and Sarah to withstand the stigma of having two child psychologist parents.

J. Burton Banks is a former associative professor of family medicine at East Tennessee State University. His clinical interests include children's health and care of child abuse victims. Dr Banks now practises medicine in southwest Virginia, where he lives with his wife Korina and three children, Trent, Skylar and Tanner.

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Table of Contents

1 A history of science and parenting advice 1

2 Sleep and its controversies 23

3 Breastfeeding vs. bottle - dilemmas in infant nutrition 45

4 Diet dilemmas and childhood obesity 63

5 The 'Mozart Effect', baby Einsteins, and other media-related mythinformation 81

6 Understanding and dealing with temperament 105

7 Medical decisions for the faint of heart 127

8 What goes in must come out : medical perspectives on toilet training 143

9 How to discipline your child 153

10 Violence in the media 179

11 Parents' psychological health : effects on children 209

12 Your child's psychological health : nurturing strengths and handling problems 227

13 Neuropsychology for parents : ADHD and head injuries 245

14 Parenting adolescents : handling the transitions from childhood to adulthood 261

15 Children, family structure, and life choices 281

16 Who's minding the children? 305

References 327

Index 345

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