The Irreducible Needs of Children: What Every Child Must Have to Grow, Learn and Flourish

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Da Capo Press, Feb 23, 2009 - FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS - 248 pages
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What do infants and children really need? In this impassioned dialogue our country's most distinguished pediatrician and most influential child psychiatrist define what every child must have in the first years of life. Cutting through the theories, platitudes, and controversies that abound in childcare advice, the authors, both famed advocates for children, lay out the seven irreducible needs of any child, in any society, They confront the hard questions: Are parents in America and other countries spending enough time with their children? What is the basic time requirement? What is the effect of full-time day care on infants and toddlers? What is the impact of shifting caregivers, of foster care, and of custody and adoption arrangements? Nothing is off limits, even whether or not most children can learn in today's public schools and whether environmental hazards are undermining their healthy growth and development. This short, hard-hitting book, the fruit of decades of experience and caring, sounds a wake-up call for parents, teachers, judges, political leaders -- anyone who cares about the future of children and, therefore, society.

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User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

This is a bit more dense and scholarly than I'd expected but I'm learning quite a lot about exactly what the title says - what every child must have to grow, learn, and flourish. I wish the authors of ... Read full review

Review: The Irreducible Needs Of Children: What Every Child Must Have To Grow, Learn, And Flourish

User Review  - Rosemary - Goodreads

Excellent, informative book. Probably the best childrearing book I've ever read. Read full review


The Need for Ongoing Nurturing Relationships
The Need for Physical Protection
The Need for Experiences Tailored
The Need for Developmentally
The Need for Limit Setting
The Need for Stable Supportive Communities
Protecting the Future
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T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., founder of the Child Development Unit at Children's Hospital Boston, is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Pediatrics and Human Development at Brown University. He is a famed advocate for children, and his many other internationally acclaimed books for parents include To Listen to a Child, Infants and Mothers, and, with Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D., The Irreducible Needs of Children. Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D., author of the widely used and praised books The Challenging Child and (with Serena Wieder, Ph.D.) Engaging Autism, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at George Washington University Medical School and lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

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