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Kids: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Raise Young Children

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To what extent do our parenting practices help or hinder our children? As parents, how much influence do we have over what kind of people our children will grow up to be? In the follow-up to her critically acclaimed Our Babies, Ourselves, Cornell anthropologist Meredith Small now takes on these and other crucial questions about the development of preschool children aged one to six.

While Our Babies, Ourselves explored the physical and cultural preconceptions behind child-rearing and offered new clues to parenting practices that might be detrimental to a baby's best interest, Kids delves even deeper. Unraveling the deep-seated notions prescribed in most parenting books, Kids combines the latest scientific research on human evolution and biology with Small's own keen observations of various cultures for a lively, eye-opening view of early childhood in America. Small not only reveals how children in this age group socialize and absorb the rules that underlie the societies they live in; she also explains the extent to which parents enhance or hold back the emotional and psychological growth of their kids.

In her engaging style, Small blends memorable accounts from her own experiences raising a preschooler with fascinating findings from her pioneering cross-cultural research, which spanned the country as well as the globe. Covering myriad aspects of the miraculous process of human growth, Small breaks new ground on topics such as why childhood is the optimum time for acquiring language skills; how children absorb knowledge and learn to solve problems; how empathy, and morality in general, make their way into a child's psyche; and the ways in which gender impacts identity. Underlying each chapter is an illuminating discussion of how the roles parents assign children in America shape the self-esteem and self-image of a future generation.

Rich with vivid anecdotes and profound insight, Kids will cause readers to rethink their own parenting styles, along with every age-old assumption about how to raise a happy, healthy kid.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-252) and index.

About the Author

Meredith F. Smaill is a professor of anthropology at Cornell University and the author of Our Babies, Ourselves; What's Love Got to Do with It?; and Female Choices. She writes frequently for Natural History Magazine, Discover, Scientific American, and is a commentator for National Public Radio's All Things Considered. She lives in Ithaca, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385496285
Author:
Small, Meredith F.
Author:
Small, Meredith F.
Author:
Small, Meredith
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children's Studies
Subject:
Parenting
Subject:
Children
Subject:
Child Development
Subject:
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Child rearing
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Child Psychology
Subject:
Cross-Cultural Comparison
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Sociology-Children and Family
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
2001]
Publication Date:
20021031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 HALFTONES (8 PP.)
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.14x5.18x.65 in. .64 lbs.

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