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.

Children are Reaching Puberty Earlier with each Generation
Children are reaching puberty earlier with each generation

Becca and Rich were the parents of 7-year-old Megan, who was one of the tallest children in her second-grade class. Even though Becca and Rich were tall, they worried because Megan's height seemed so far above the average. Becca had read that rapid growth in height could mean that a child was approaching puberty, and she was concerned that her child might soon be sexually mature. Their next-door neighbor sympathized with Becca's worries but said, “Yes, she might be getting close to puberty. I read that every generation is becoming sexually mature at an earlier age. It's happening 5 or 6 years earlier than it did 150 years ago. What's ...

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