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.

Breast-Feeding Makes Babies more Intelligent
Breast-feeding makes babies more intelligent

Mira was not happy about the idea of breast-feeding her first baby. She was only 20 years old and did not want to feel tied down. Also, she worried that nursing would spoil the shape of her breasts. Her mother pushed breastfeeding as the natural thing to do, but Mira wasn't convinced that it was for her. But then she read in a magazine that breast-feeding makes babies smarter. That seemed to Mira a good enough reason to put up with the inconveniences she anticipated.

Is there any truth to the claim that persuaded Mira?

Breast-feeding can be “sold” to some otherwise reluctant mothers and fathers when stress is placed on increased intellectual development, and breast-feeding support programs ...

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