Your Baby and Child: From Birth to Age Fiveby Penelope Leach
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Penelope Leach's Your Baby & Child is the most loved, trusted and comprehensive book in its field--with almost two million copies sold in America alone. Newsweek says that it is not only one of the best parenting books, but also "by far the most pleasurable to read."
This new version, completely rewritten for a new generation, encompasses the latest research and thinking on child development and learning, and reflects the realities of today's changing lifestyles and new approaches to parenting.
Penelope Leach's authoritative and practical style will reassure, encourage, inform and inspire every parent-to-be and new parent. Your Baby & Child is the baby book that responds fully to every parent's deepest concerns about the psychological and emotional as well as physical well-being of his or her children.
Dr. Leach describes--in easy-to-follow stages, from birth through starting school--what is happening to your child, what he or she is doing, experiencing and feeling. She tackles the questions parents often ask and the ones they dare not. Whether your concern is a new baby's wakefulness, a toddler's tantrums, a preschool child's shyness, aggression or nightmares, or how to time your return to work, choose day care or tell a child about a new baby or an impending divorce, the information you need to make your own decisions is right here.
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The Importance of Reading to Children
A web-exclusive guide for parents written by Penelope Leach, Ph.D.
When parents read aloud to their children, everyone wins. It's fun for the adult and great for the kids. Easy for you and good for them. You don't even have to ration it because, unlike TV or ice cream, there's no such thing as too much.
There's no such thing as too early, either. If you wait until pre-school to start reading to your children, you'll have missed out on years. If you even wait until they can talk, you'll have missed out on months. Start showing your baby pictures and telling her about them as soon as she focuses her eyes on the pattern on your sweater or the change-mat.
"Reading" to tiny babies is a way of talking to them; and talking not only speeds brain development, but cements relationships as well. Make sure that anyone who ever cares for your baby takes reading to her for granted."Reading" to older babies is a way of expanding their experience. You can't always find a real cat or truck or fried egg to tell him about, but you can always find their pictures in books. And linking the sight of things with the sounds of their names boosts language learning.
Reading to toddlers is education and loving and talking and fun. It's about language itself and discovering the joys of jokes and rhymes and huge long words that roll round the tongue and trip it up. It's about learning to "read" pictures to find the meanings of words or the answers to questions hiding behind those thrilling pull-tabs: where's the kitten gone? There he is...And eventually it's about the sheer, entrancing magic of stories unfolding between the pictures and the voice; playing to a dawning imagination, a fledgling ability to put herself in someone else's place.
And reading to pre-schoolers is all that, plus a welcome to our culture where everything--even on the information highway--revolves around the written word. Pictures on the page are his introduction to print; being read to helps him toward written language, now, just as it helped him toward spoken language two years ago.
Once your kids are hooked on being read to, they will never be bored if somebody will read, and since there are bound to be times when nobody will read and they are bored, they'll have the best possible reason to learn to read themselves.
Reading to themselves isn't a signal to stop reading to them, though. Whether your child is five or seven or nine years old when he starts to read stories to himself for pleasure, the mechanics of the words will still get between him and their enthralling sounds and meanings. Read just one more chapter; one more poem. You have nothing to lose and your kids have everything to gain.
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Penelope Leach was educated at Cambridge University and at the London School of Economics, where she received her Ph.D. in psychology, after which she studied many aspects of child development and child-rearing under the auspices of Britain's Medical Research Council. A Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a founding member of the UK branch of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, she works on both sides of the Atlantic and in various capacities for organizations concerned with prenatal care and birth, family-friendly working practices, day care and early-years education. She currently co-directs a major program of research in the UK into the effects of various forms and combinations of care on children's development from birth to school age.
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I was given this book during my first/only pregnancy. I was living 2500 miles away from family and friends, and this book answered all my questions- especially the first chapters on labor/delivery, breast-feeding, and newborns. As a result, I had a wonderful, confident experience. The nurses even assumed it was not my first baby! I later gave it to my best friend when she became pregnant for the first time, and now I'm buying it for my 'baby' and his wife. FULL CIRCLE!
My mother bought this book in the late '70s right before I was born, and "raised" both my sister and I on it. I just bought the book for a friend who recently had a baby. This book is SO comprehensive, yet easy to understand. It covers absolutely EVERY conceiveable topic regarding child development - and knowledge is certainly the best reassurance and greatest help for the new parent! When I have children, I too intend to "raise" them on this book!
When I first borrowed this book from the library, I enjoyed it so much that I went to the bookshop and paid about $45 for my own copy - forget about the expensive price, the book is definitely worth spending lots of money on! From basic babycare including feeding, bathing, toilet training, sleeping etc to growth and development through the pre-school years, this book has it all! For those who wish their baby came with a manual, this is the best you can get! I recommend this book to anyone!
This is an awesome book describing in detail on wonderful topics such as swaddling and breastfeeding to what it is your pretoddler and up to 5-year-old will be doing and needing. All new and seasoned parents need this book for comfort and mind thoughts I call 'brain food,' in raising the child under 5.
I was given this book when I had my first child 18 years ago. I have bought one for myself when I had my 16 year old and my four old. I buy this for all my family and friends who are expecting new babies because I feel it gives you great information for everything you would need to know for a newborn up to age five. It has information in all areas whether you bottle-feed or breastfeed. Potty training. Reading to your child. All areas. Enjoy...it is hard to put down when you are seeing what your child should be going through and what he will be going through.
Everything you need to know about the new and developing child If babies came with an owners manual it would look like this