How to Build a Human: What Science Knows About Childhood (Paperback)
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How to Build a Human: What Science Knows About Childhood (Paperback)

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Published: 01/07/2021
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'Byrne's book is about scientific parenting, and it is very welcome indeed ... breezy and digestible ... this is such a good book' Tom Whipple, The Times

Kids aren't all the same. You can't follow instructions and expect success every time. So what if parents approached their children as questions to be answered and not problems to be solved?

Scientist Emma Byrne takes evidence-based information on everything from physical and emotional development to what is really happening during sleep and separation anxiety, then shows how to apply it to the unique child in front of you. She challenges perceived wisdom by focusing on the variance as well as the mean - because your child is an individual, not an average.

Like all good scientists, you're going to have a few missteps along the way. You'll reach dead ends; you'll need to wrack your brain for new approaches. But by staying curious, creative and paying attention to what's really happening with your family, Emma Byrne will help you figure it out. Just in time for everything to change once again.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781788164917
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 460 g
Dimensions: 234 x 152 x 26 mm
Edition: Main


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Byrne's book is about scientific parenting, and it is very welcome indeed ... At its best it is an overview of what we know about child development ... breezy and digestible ... this is such a good book - Tom Whipple, The Times

I really like the premise of this book - that the findings of research on child development can help parents understand and respond to their own children better. It's a mine of information for all new parents who are curious about the remarkable capacity of infants to quickly become complex social beings. Emma Byrne's reassuring message will inspire confidence and give insight into the mysteries of the first years of life. - Professor Susan Golombok, Director of the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge

Praise for Emma Byrne - -

Byrne is a science writer with a PhD in robotics and a gleefully robust attitude - The Sunday Times

A glorious uplifting read - Lucy Kellaway, Financial Times

Makes science feel downright celebratory - Mary Norris, author of, Between You & Me

Joyous - Lorraine Candy, Sunday Times Style

Chatty, humorously informative - Mail on Sunday

Entertaining and informative - Observer

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“Fascinating read for anyone curious about how children become adults”

This book describes the science behind parenting in a very readble way. It covers many of the "problems" that parents face, from picky eaters and non-sleepers through to argumentative teens. But instead of... More

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