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.

Unborn Babies are not Influenced much by the Environment outside the Mother's Body

Unborn Babies are not Influenced much by the Environment outside the Mother's Body
Unborn babies are not influenced much by the environment outside the mother's body

Malinda is pregnant with twins and is getting very big and clumsy. She needs to rest a lot and has time to think about the babies. “Do they listen when I play music?” she wonders. “Sometimes I think they kick in rhythm to it. And what if people talk loudly? I had a fight with my husband the other day, and we called each other some nasty names. We made up later, but I wonder if the babies heard the argument and remember it. My grandmother used to say a baby could get a strawberry mark if a mother ate ...

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