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Our Babies, Ourselves
How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent
by Meredith Small
Recommended by Tamarack Song
New parents are faced with innumerable decisions to make regarding the best way to care of their baby, and, naturally, they often turn to guidance to friends and family members who have already raised children. But as scientists are discovering, much of the trusted advice passed down through generations needs to be carefully reexamined. A thought-provoking combination of practical parenting information and scientific analysis, Our Babies, Ourselves is the first book to explore why we raise our children the way we do - and suggests that we reconsider our culture's traditional views on parenting.
In this ground-breaking book, anthropologist Meredith Small reveals her remarkable findings in the new science of ethnopediatrics. Professor Small joins pediatricians, child-development researchers, and anthropologists across the country who are studying to what extent the way we parent our infants is based on biological needs and to what extent it is based on culture - and how sometimes what is culturally dictaed may not be what's best for babies. Should an infant be encouraged to sleep alone? Is breast-feeding better than bottle-feeding, or is that just a myth? How much time should pass before a mother picks up her crying infant? And important is it really to a baby's development to talk and sing to him or her? These are but a few of the important Small addresses, and the answers not only are suprising but may even the change the way we raise our children. Paperback, 292 pages.
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