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Faye Carlisle is a psychology teacher with over 10 years’ experience. She has worked at four different schools in the UK, both in the independent and state sector. She is also a mother with practical experience of parenting.
When she became a mother, she felt that many parenting books offered conflicting advice. At one extreme there are attachment parenting books, which suggest that parents should carry their baby around at all times and co-sleep. At the other extreme, there are books telling parents to get their baby into a routine straight away.
Her psychology background led her to look at the academic research on parenting and to write a book based on evidence rather than opinion. She aims to empower parents to make their own decisions armed with some understanding of the research on parenting issues.
on July 20, 2013 :
This book has great information that I will definitely use when I have children, hopefully in the near future! It's arranged in related categories that makes it simple to find info for certain age groups and situations. I can tell that a lot thought and time went into writing this book. Great job!
(review of free book)
on July 16, 2013 :
What a refreshing change to read a parenting book that's based on research rather than just someone's opinion (who claims to have all the answers because they've either had lots of children or worked with children!).
This was a very reassuring read for me as it gave justification for a lot of the decisions I have already made with respect to my two children (aged 9months and 3years) on everything from getting them to sleep, to returning to work. I would recommend it to any new parents. You meet so many opinionated people along the way whilst raising children and are constantly being given completely conflicting information. As an example, I was told that you should never leave a child to cry as they can end up at higher risk of suffering from depression and suicide in adulthood, but also, if you never leave them to cry they never learn to settle themselves and end up with chronic sleep problems which can them lead to....higher risk of suicide and depression in adulthood??!
There is more often than not, no one right answer when it comes to parenting decisions, and what sets this book apart is that it doesn't give a set of answers. Various strategies are discussed, and an examination of the current research is used in an attempt to identify the better strategies.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 08, 2013 :
I’m probably not the ideal person to comment on this book since I don’t have children of my own, but it’s so well written that I wanted to add my two cents of support for the author. This is an easy to read, no-fluff guide to make sense of parenthood. The author has included research supporting her approach, but there is also plenty of tangible advice, and easy to follow examples throughout the book. I think it’s also good to know that you don’t have to follow the precise flow of the book to gain the full benefits. If there is a particular area of concern, for example potty training or sibling rivalry, the format of the book makes it easy to find helpful answers. This is an easy book to recommend.
(review of free book)
on June 18, 2013 :
This book is the perfect companion for parents, particularly those with babies or young children. Many books for parents try to sell a "how-to" or "step by step" approach to the early days/surviving toddlers, with little background reasoning as to "why" their particular approach is recommended. By contrast, this book clearly sets out a balanced view of the results of the psychological research on many of the issues which are most troubling to parents. The author does this in a very reader-friendly way and the book is lively and conversational as well as being backed up with solid psychology references. The book is well-structured and easy to dip into. Thoroughly recommended!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)