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Children's LiteratureThis updated guide for parents attempts to highlight the medical and behavior expectations of children from birth through the teenage years. Beginning with "Preparing for Your Baby," this advice book, written by a noted pediatrician, follows the child through infancy, the toddler years, early school years and the teen years. The book briefly touches on childhood illnesses and medical issues, developmental expectations and behavior/discipline concerns. Throughout, the author stresses the importance of using one's common sense and best judgment over advice from anyone, although suggestions for what to expect and strategies for coping are offered. His best advice concerns medical issues with too little discussion offered on behavior and discipline issues. For instance, noting the American Academy of Pediatrics now believes spanking appropriate, he goes on to describe how this could be used in ages 19 months and up without being specific enough about just how to apply this form of discipline. Time-out is also described as possibly "standing in the corner." Stating this without any explanation seems inappropriate. Four sentences are devoted to sex in the section on the teenage years. As far as medical advice is concerned, the book is well done. On other issues, parents will need to look further. An index and section on recording family health issues is provided. 2002(1997), Quill Druer Books/Word Dancer Press, Ages Adult.
—Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.