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.

Some Children would Starve to Death if their Parents did not Coax them to Eat

Some Children would Starve to Death if their Parents did not Coax them to Eat
Some children would starve to death if their parents did not coax them to eat

Five-year-old Ellis was thin but healthy and well within the normal weight range. He did not like to eat, and every family meal was unpleasant as Ellis whined, gagged, and bargained over each bite of food, even things he had accepted on other occasions. If Ellis said he wanted pancakes, his father, Rob, would jump up from his own meal and mix some batter to cook for Ellis, who would then eat only if plenty of syrup were on the pancakes. Their neighbor asked Rob why in the world he was encouraging Ellis to be so ...

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