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100 1 LeVine, Robert A.|q(Robert Alan),|d1932-|eauthor.
245 10 Do parents matter? :|bwhy Japanese babies sleep soundly,
Mexican siblings don't fight, and American parents should
just relax /|cRobert A. LeVine and Sarah LeVine.
250 First edition.
264 1 New York :|bPublicAffairs,|c
300 xxiii, 238 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :
|billustrations ;|c22 cm
504 Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-222) and
505 0 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.
520 "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"--|cProvided by
650 0 Parenting|vCross-cultural studies.
650 0 Child rearing|vCross-cultural studies.
650 0 Child development|vCross-cultural studies.
650 0 Families|vCross-cultural studies.
650 0 Ethnopsychology.
700 1 LeVine, Sarah,|d1940-|eauthor.
776 08 |iOnline version:|aLeVine, Robert Alan, 1932- author.|tDo
parents matter?|bFirst edition.|dNew York : PublicAffairs,