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.

There is no Harm in Putting off Childbearing until the Mother's Career is Established

There is no Harm in Putting off Childbearing until the Mother's Career is Established
There is no harm in putting off childbearing until the mother's career is established

Jeff and Marina postponed having children until they were in their early 40s. They both earned law degrees and wanted to get their practices established before starting a family. They were so busy that they did not think very much about pregnancy. Now Marina has discovered she is pregnant, and she is so excited that she tells everyone she meets. Most people congratulate her, but a few look uncertain and ask her how old she is. Someone even tells her, “I hate to say this, but you might have waited too long. My grandmother had my uncle when ...

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