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Published Today: Raising Happy Healthy Children. Why Mothering Matters

Published today, Raising Happy Health Children.  Why Mothering Matters.

Raising Happy Healthy Children is a fully-updated second edition of What Children and Babies Really Need. With new information carefully added, this book examines the crucial early years from a child’s perspective. It draws on the latest scientific research to show how the first few years determine the way children develop, body and mind, for the rest of their lives.

The keys to this development are parents, and in particular mothers. A society which really cares for its children, says Sally Goddard Blythe, values parents and makes it possible for them to spend time and be actively involved with their children for at least the first two years of life. Raising Happy Healthy Children presents convincing research to show how a baby’s relationship with its mother has a lasting, deep impact. Recent social changes, such as delayed motherhood, juggling of work/life balance, limited uptake of breastfeeding, and use of parent-substitute baby equipment and electronic devices, are interfering with key developmental milestones that are essential for wellbeing in later life. Sally Goddard Blythe says: ‘We need a society that gives children their parents, and most of all values motherhood in the early years.’ Includes:

  1. Latest research about pre-conceptual, baby and child development.

  2. Explains how social changes have unleashed a crisis in the experience of childhood.

  3. Explores the crucial early years and child development from the child’s perspective.

  4. Shows how parents can give their child the best start in life.

  5. Values motherhood.

Contents Foreword; Foreword to previous edition What Babies and Children Really Need; 1 Introduction; 2 Conception and society – the politics of fertility; 3 Does early development matter?; 4 Events surrounding birth; 5 Events following birth – risk factors; 6 Breastfeeding; 7 Movement instinct; 8 Language instinct; 9 Building on the first year – the neuroscience of developing emotions; 10 Factors parents can control; 11 From Toddlers to Teens: why parenting matters; 12 What needs to be done; Resources; Bibliography; Index Author Sally Goddard Blythe is the Director of the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology in Chester which researches the effects of neurological dysfunction in specific learning difficulties and has devised screening and assessment tools, and remedial programmes. Her other books include The Well Balanced Child, The Genius of Natural Childhood, and Attention, Balance and Coordination – The A,B,C of Learning Success.

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