The gardener and the carpenter : what the new science of child development tells us about the relationship between parents and children / Alison Gopnik.
Publication year: 2017
Publisher: London : Vintage,
ISBN: 9781784704537 (pbk.) :
Originally published: London: The Bodley Head, 2016.
Caring deeply about our children is part of what makes us human. Yet the thing we call 'parenting' is a surprisingly new invention. In the past thirty years, the concept of parenting and the multibillion-dollar industry surrounding it have transformed child care into obsessive, controlling, and goal-orientated labour intended to create a particular kind of child and therefore a particular kind of adult. Drawing on the study of human evolution and her own cutting-edge scientific research into how children learn, Gopnik shows that although caring for children is profoundly important, it is not a matter of shaping them to turn out a particular way.
x, 304 pages ; 20 cm
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