In Child Development: Myths and Misunderstanding Second Editions, Jean Mercer uses intriguing vignettes and questions about children and families to guide readers in thinking critically about 59 common beliefs. Each essay confronts commonly held misconceptions about development, encouraging students to think like social scientists and to become better consumers of media messages and anecdotal stories. The book can be assigned to parallel either chronologically or topically organized child development texts. Features and Benefits: Presents 59 short essays about child development that challenge readers to reconsider their pre-conceived notions 14 new essays in the second edition confront topics like language acquisition, adoption, discipline, and nature versus nurture. Includes carefully developed critical thinking questions at the end of each essayOffers examples of research to help students make the connection between research designs and conclusions Intrigues and engages students with the theme of dispelling myths and misconceptions and challenges them to find out if their own beliefs are correct or incorrect.

Parents should not Talk Baby Talk to their Children, because this Slows their Language Development

Parents should not Talk Baby Talk to their Children, because this Slows their Language Development
Parents should not talk baby talk to their children, because this slows their language development

Al became very annoyed with his mother-in-law when he heard her cooing to 3-month-old Carlie. “How is she ever going to learn to talk when she hears that baby-talk stuff all the time? Besides, it sounds so stupid. I'm embarrassed to hear you. Just talk normally when you're around the baby, okay?” Carlie's grandmother was offended, but to keep the peace she did not argue with Al. She thought to herself, “What in the world is wrong with him? Everybody talks to babies that way! Besides, I can tell that Carlie likes it because she gets ...

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