Do Parents Matter? (Ebook)

Why Japanese Babies Sleep Soundly, Mexican Siblings Don't Fight and Parents Should Just Relax

Robert A. LeVine, Sarah LeVine

Are modern parents obsessed with raising perfect children? Are they missing the bigger picture? Parents can only affect their children to a limited extent.

In Do Parents Matter? anthropologists (and grandparents) Robert & Sarah LeVine investigate the diversity of parenting practices across the world - from the USA to Africa, Japan to Mexico - and come away with a reassuring conclusion: children tend to turn out to be the same well-adjusted adults all around the world no matter the parenting style.

Japanese children sleep with their parents well into primary school, women of the Hausa tribe (largely based in Nigeria) avoid verbal and eye contact with their toddlers; Western parenting frowns on both practices but Japanese children show higher than average levels of empathy while Hausa children seem quite content. The Levines' fascinating global investigation discovers the practices and experiences of parents from around the world, and comes away with profound lessons from other cultures on how to build a family.

This in-depth survey of parenting practices across the world is based on almost 50 years of research, concluding: there is no one-size-fits-all approach to parenting, free yourself from expert advice and learn to relax.

Publication date: 30/09/2016

£9.99

ISBN: 9780285643673

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B01LZN02FG

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Health & Wellbeing

Do Parents Matter? (Hardback)

Why Japanese Babies Sleep Soundly, Mexican Siblings Don't Fight and Parents Should Just Relax

Robert A. LeVine, Sarah LeVine

Are modern parents obsessed with raising perfect children? Are they missing the bigger picture? Parents can only affect their children to a limited extent.

In Do Parents Matter? anthropologists (and grandparents) Robert & Sarah LeVine investigate the diversity of parenting practices across the world - from the USA to Africa, Japan to Mexico - and come away with a reassuring conclusion: children tend to turn out to be the same well-adjusted adults all around the world no matter the parenting style.

Japanese children sleep with their parents well into primary school, women of the Hausa tribe (largely based in Nigeria) avoid verbal and eye contact with their toddlers; Western parenting frowns on both practices but Japanese children show higher than average levels of empathy while Hausa children seem quite content. The Levines' fascinating global investigation discovers the practices and experiences of parents from around the world, and comes away with profound lessons from other cultures on how to build a family.

This in-depth survey of parenting practices across the world is based on almost 50 years of research, concluding: there is no one-size-fits-all approach to parenting, free yourself from expert advice and learn to relax.

Publication date: 01/03/2017

£18.00

ISBN: 9780285643703

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Health & Wellbeing

Robert A. LeVine

Robert A. LeVine

Robert A. LeVine and Sarah LeVine have collaborated for forty-seven years and have written two previous books, Child Care and Culture and Literacy and Mothering. Robert is the Roy E. Larsen Professor of Education and Human Development, Emeritus, at Harvard University.

Sarah LeVine

Sarah LeVine

Sarah LeVine and Robert A. LeVine have collaborated for forty-seven years and have written two previous books, Child Care and Culture and Literacy and Mothering. Sarah is an anthropologist who has conducted research on four continents and coordinated the fieldwork of the Project on Maternal Schooling. Her books include Dolor y Alegria, Mothers and Wives, and The Saint of Kathmandu.