The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children (Paperback)Alison Gopnik (author)
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Drawing on the study of human evolution and her own cutting-edge scientific research into how children learn, Gopnik shows that although caring for children is profoundly important, it is not a matter of shaping them to turn out a particular way.
Children are designed to be messy and unpredictable, playful and imaginative, and to be very different both from their parents and from each other. The variability and flexibility of childhood lets them innovate, create, and survive in an unpredictable world.
'Parenting' won't make children learn - but caring parents let children learn by creating a secure, loving environment. In The Gardener and the Carpenter, the pioneering developmental psychologist and philosopher Alison Gopnik argues that the familiar twenty-first-century picture of parenting is profoundly wrong - it's not just based on bad science, it's bad for children and their parents too.
'The Gardener and the Carpenter should be required reading for anyone who is, or is thinking of becoming a parent' - Financial Times
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 223 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm
[An] elegantly readable and thoughtful book... It should be required reading for anyone involved in educational reform. -- Lara Feigel * Observer *
[A] thoughtful book... Gopnik shines when she describes the intricate world of children's play... This is a lovely book, and the life's work that animates it, will only deepen that bond, helping our children to flourish -- Erika Christakis * Washington Post Sunday *
[A] fascinating and passionate diatribe. -- Bee Wilson * Guardian *
Gopnik's book seems a welcome burst of common sense ... fascinating. * New Scientist *
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