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Mon, Apr. 17th, 2017, 08:43 am
Global Perspective (18)

DO PARENTS MATTER by Robert A. LeVine and Sarah LeVine
Researchers on family life and human development, this couple delves into the differences between in child rearing across the globe with a particular focus on two African cultures, pointing out that the Western way of raising a baby that is considered "normal" is completely subjective. An eye-opening look at the fact that there is no one right way to raise a baby, and what is considered acceptable in some countries is frowned upon in others. The subtitle implies a bit more of a pop culture approach ("Why Japanese Babies Sleep Soundly, Mexican Siblings Don't Fight, and American Families Should Just Relax"), but the text itself reads a bit more scientifically and like an abridged research paper in places. Those interested in the in-depth analysis will enjoy every word, and others will be happy to skim and read parts relevant to their lives. (Public Affairs, 2016)