Although drawing from the American experience, Australian parents and professionals alike will find this an eye-opening book about the impact of ‘parenting advice’ on our relationships with our children and ourselves as parents.
Since the beginning of the twentieth century, millions of anxious parents have turned to child-rearing manuals for reassurance. Instead, however, they have often found yet more cause for worry. In this rich social history, Ann Hulbert analyses one hundred years of shifting trends in advice and discovers an ongoing battle between two main approaches: a child-centered focus on warmly encouraging development versus a sterner parent-centered emphasis on instilling discipline. She examines how pediatrics, psychology, and neuroscience have fueled the debates but failed to offer definitive answers. And she delves into the highly relevant and often turbulent personal lives of the popular advice-givers, from L. Emmett Holt and Arnold Gesell to Bruno Bettelheim and Benjamin Spock to the prominent (and ever conflicting) experts of today.”
- Paperback | 464 pages
- | 132.08 x 203.2 x 33.02mm | 453.59g
- 13 Apr 2004
- Random House USA Inc
- Vintage Books
- New York, United States
- | English
- | Vintage Books ed.
- | with 15 photograps
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