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The Yale Child Study Center guide to understanding your child : healthy development from birth to adolescence
Mayes, Linda C.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown, [2002]

Physical Description:
xii, 548 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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HQ769 .M373 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
HQ769 .M373 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
HQ769 .M373 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Parenting

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Founded in 1911 by Arnold Gesell, M.D., the Yale Child Study Center at the Yale University School of Medicine is world-renowned for its contributions to the scientific and clinical understanding of infant and child development. A mission of the Center is to bring the insights of this cutting-edge research directly to parents. In The Yale Child Study Center Guide to Understanding Your Child, Dr. Linda C. Mayes and Dr. Donald J. Cohen and their colleagues continue a long publishing tradition that includes Gesell's own The Child from Five to Ten and also Parents magazine.

Author Notes

She is a developmental pediatrician & psychoanalyst, is the Arnold Gesell Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics & Psychology in the Yale Child Study Center, Where she directs the early childhood programs.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

This particular guide brings an esteemed name and 90 years of research at the Yale Center to the task of advising parents on raising their children. Aimed at parents, teachers, and child-care professionals, the book uses research from several disciplines and interactions with parents and children. The book offers three perspectives: the scientific, with basic information about meeting a growing child's needs; the emotional, with attention to understanding a child's feelings; and the parental, with emphasis on the feelings and expectations the parent brings to the relationship: "Your view of yourself as a parent and your mental portrait of your child shape your parenting style." The objective is to help parents balance the three perspectives. Unlike most parenting books, this guide looks at broad developmental paths from the time the parent first begins to imagine the child to come, through pregnancy, birth, and various physical, cognitive, social, and emotional stages. This approach lends the guide a broad and deep perspective on parenting even as it covers typical issues such as imaginary friends and sibling rivalry. --Vanessa Bush

Publisher's Weekly Review

Arranged by topics like early baby functions, emotional growth, learning right from wrong, and sexuality and gender, this encyclopedic guide explains all facets of children's psychological and physical growth and advises parents on how best to stimulate development and resolve common dilemmas. The authors, professors of child psychiatry and pediatrics at the Yale Child Study Center, write in reassuring language. "If you are listening to Mozart," they explain, "by all means play Mozart as you rock your infant. But if you prefer to sing along with Ray Charles, there's no need to choose Mozart instead. The games, books, and other products that keep you and your child interested are more useful than those `recommend by experts' for children in general." Perhaps the most helpful sections of the book are those focused on school. Parents will find information on diagnosing learning disabilities, finding special schools, encouraging reading, and coping with school-related behavior problems. Some parents accustomed to slim, trendy tomes may initially find this hefty volume intimidating, but it deserves a place on the parenting shelf in every household. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Although this survey of child development and parenthood packs considerable wisdom and bears a prestigious imprimatur, it comes off as fairly generic. With its emphasis on a conceptual, developmental approach, it stands out in strong intellectual counterpoint to the quick how-to tactics of many contemporary titles, such as Sally Ward's BabyTalk: Strengthen Your Child's Ability To Listen, Understand and Communicate (LJ 3/15/01). Mayes, director of early childhood programs at the Yale Child Study Center, and Cohen, its former director, cover individual topics in 36 chapters (e.g., "Your Baby's Motor Development," "Sexuality and Gender," "The Course of Pregnancy"). Though this comprehensiveness is a plus, much of the advice is common sense ("negative experiences or the absence of appropriate care may cause serious, enduring harm to early brain development"). As admirable as the authors' goals are, it is hard to imagine public library patrons reading and retaining this much general information. For larger public libraries. (Index not seen.) Douglas C. Lord, Connecticut State Lib., Hartford (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 3
Part I Preparing to Be a Parentp. 7
1 The Decision to Become a Parentp. 9
2 The Many Faces of Familyp. 18
3 Making Room for Your Baby: Mental Images and Practical Realitiesp. 34
4 The Course of Pregnancyp. 49
5 Bringing Your Baby Homep. 61
6 Partners: You and Your Pediatricianp. 76
Part II The Basics of Child Developmentp. 85
7 Understanding Your Child's Developmentp. 87
8 Genetics and Your Child's Developmentp. 100
9 The Developing Brainp. 112
10 Your Child's Unfolding Mindp. 124
Part III Mastering the Body's Basic Functionsp. 139
11 Your Baby's Motor Developmentp. 141
12 Feeding and Eating: Food for the Whole Childp. 157
13 Sleep: Helping Your Child Through the Nightp. 169
14 Sexuality and Gender: How Children Come to Know Their Bodiesp. 186
Part IV Cognitive Development: The Learning Childp. 199
15 How Your Baby Learns: From First Perceptions of the World to Making Sense of Itp. 201
16 Child's Play: Child's Workp. 214
17 First Words and Beyond: How Children Discover Languagep. 229
18 Sharing Books with Your Childp. 244
19 Off to School: What You Can Expectp. 261
20 Working with Your Child's School: Challenges and Opportunitiesp. 277
Part V Emotional Development: The Social Childp. 295
21 Your Child's Inner World of Feelingsp. 297
22 Hard Feelings: Helping Your Young Child Cope with Fear, Worry, and Angerp. 315
23 Children and Violencep. 330
24 Friends: Your Child's Expanding Social Worldp. 343
25 Exercises for Life: Having Fun and Taking Partp. 357
26 Family Culture: Passing on Traditionsp. 371
27 Learning Right from Wrong: Your Child's Moral Developmentp. 386
Part VI Predictable Bumps on the Developmental Pathp. 403
28 When Both Parents Workp. 405
29 Choosing Child Care: Day-Care Programs and Nanniesp. 417
30 Why Do We Need a New Baby? A Sibling Joins the Familyp. 432
31 Anxious Moments: Helping Children and Parents Handle Separationsp. 444
Part VII The Unpredictable Troubles in a Child's Lifep. 459
32 Children's Physical Troubles: Facing Illness, Injury, and Hospitalizationp. 461
33 Children's Mental Health Problemsp. 474
34 Family Troubles: The Impact of Divorce and Remarriagep. 493
35 A Death in the Family: Helping Your Children Through a Final Lossp. 509
36 On the Threshold: The Flowering of Sexualityp. 524
Indexp. 539