Coverart for item
The Resource Do parents matter? : why Japanese babies sleep well, Mexican siblings don't fight, and American parents should just relax, Robert A. LeVine and Sarah LeVine

Do parents matter? : why Japanese babies sleep well, Mexican siblings don't fight, and American parents should just relax, Robert A. LeVine and Sarah LeVine

Label
Do parents matter? : why Japanese babies sleep well, Mexican siblings don't fight, and American parents should just relax
Title
Do parents matter?
Title remainder
why Japanese babies sleep well, Mexican siblings don't fight, and American parents should just relax
Statement of responsibility
Robert A. LeVine and Sarah LeVine
Creator
Contributor
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "In some parts of northwestern Nigeria, mothers studiously avoid making eye contact with their babies. Some Chinese parents go out of their way to seek confrontation with their toddlers. Japanese parents almost universally co-sleep with their infants, sometimes continuing to share a bed with them until age ten. Yet all these parents are as likely as Americans to have loving relationships with happy children. If these practices seem bizarre, or their results seem counterintuitive, it's not necessarily because other cultures have discovered the keys to understanding children. It might be more appropriate to say there are no keys-but Americans are driving themselves crazy trying to find them. When we're immersed in news articles and scientific findings proclaiming the importance of some factor or other, we often miss the bigger picture: that parents can only affect their children so much. Robert and Sarah LeVine, married anthropologists at Harvard University, have spent their lives researching parenting across the globe-starting with a trip to visit the Hausa people of Nigeria as newlyweds in 1969. Their decades of original research provide a new window onto the challenges of parenting and the ways that it is shaped by economic, cultural, and familial traditions. Their ability to put our modern struggles into global and historical perspective should calm many a nervous mother or father's nerves. It has become a truism to say that American parents are exhausted and overstressed about the health, intelligence, happiness, and success of their children. But as Robert and Sarah LeVine show, this is all part of our culture. And a look around the world may be just the thing to remind us that there are plenty of other choices to make"--
  • "In some parts of northwestern Nigeria, mothers studiously avoid making eye contact with their babies. Some Chinese parents go out of their way to seek confrontation with their toddlers. Japanese parents almost universally co-sleep with their infants, sometimes continuing to share a bed with them until age ten. Yet all these parents are as likely as Americans to have loving relationships with happy children. If these practices seem bizarre, or their results seem counterintuitive, it's not necessarily because other cultures have discovered the keys to understanding children. It might be more appropriate to say there are no keys--but Americans are driving themselves crazy trying to find them. When we're immersed in news articles and scientific findings proclaiming the importance of some factor or other, we often miss the bigger picture: that parents can only affect their children so much. Robert and Sarah LeVine, married anthropologists at Harvard University, have spent their lives researching parenting across the globe--starting with a trip to visit the Hausa people of Nigeria as newlyweds in 1969. Their decades of original research provide a new window onto the challenges of parenting and the ways that it is shaped by economic, cultural, and familial traditions. Their ability to put our modern struggles into global and historical perspective should calm many a nervous mother or father's nerves. It has become a truism to say that American parents are exhausted and overstressed about the health, intelligence, happiness, and success of their children. But as Robert and Sarah LeVine show, this is all part of our culture. And a look around the world may be just the thing to remind us that there are plenty of other choices to make"--
Assigning source
  • Provided by publisher
  • Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
649/.1
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ755.8
LC item number
.L4894 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Do parents matter? : why Japanese babies sleep well, Mexican siblings don't fight, and American parents should just relax, Robert A. LeVine and Sarah LeVine
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-222) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
We the parents: a worldwide perspective -- Parent-blaming in America -- Expecting: pregnancy and birth -- Infant care: a world of questions... and some answers -- Mother and infant: face-to-face or skin-to-skin? -- Sharing child care: Mom is not enough -- Training toddlers: talking, toileting, tantrums, and tasks -- Childhood: school, responsibility, and control -- Precocious children: cultural priming by parents and others -- Conclusions
Control code
ocn948878683
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xxiii, 238 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781610397230
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2016012384
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Do parents matter? : why Japanese babies sleep well, Mexican siblings don't fight, and American parents should just relax, Robert A. LeVine and Sarah LeVine
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-222) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
We the parents: a worldwide perspective -- Parent-blaming in America -- Expecting: pregnancy and birth -- Infant care: a world of questions... and some answers -- Mother and infant: face-to-face or skin-to-skin? -- Sharing child care: Mom is not enough -- Training toddlers: talking, toileting, tantrums, and tasks -- Childhood: school, responsibility, and control -- Precocious children: cultural priming by parents and others -- Conclusions
Control code
ocn948878683
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xxiii, 238 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781610397230
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2016012384
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

Library Locations

    • Cornwall Public LibraryBorrow it
      395 HUDSON ST, CORNWALL, NY, 12518, US
      41.441777 -74.025969
    • Jeffersonville – Jeffersonville BranchBorrow it
      19 CENTER ST, JEFFERSONVILLE, NY, 12748, US
      41.780925 -74.935965
    • Middletown Thrall Public Library DistrictBorrow it
      11-19 DEPOT ST, MIDDLETOWN, NY, 10940, US
      41.447198 -74.420503
    • New City LibraryBorrow it
      220 N MAIN ST, NEW CITY, NY, 10956, US
      41.158324 -73.987325
    • Nyack LibraryBorrow it
      59 S BROADWAY, NYACK, NY, 10960, US
      41.0888 -73.918602
    • Suffern Free LibraryBorrow it
      210 LAFAYETTE AVE, SUFFERN, NY, 10901, US
      41.113344 -74.137682
    • Albert Wisner Public Library - WarwickBorrow it
      1 MCFARLAND DR, WARWICK, NY, 10990, US
      41.2547504 -74.3464483

Library Links

Processing Feedback ...