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Do parents matter? : why Japanese babies sleep soundly, Mexican siblings don't fight, and American families should just relax

by LeVine, Robert A. 1932- (Author), LeVine, Sarah, 1940- (Author)

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"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 un... Full description

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Table of Contents:
  • 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.
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