Top 8 Best Books on Child Development

Throughout childhood and adolescence, children's brains and behaviour undergo a series of exciting but often unpredictable changes, and it can be difficult to keep up! But these brilliant pregnancy & childcare books explain exactly what to expect at each stage, whether you're studying the topic or raising a child of your own.

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1. Understand Child Development

Carolyn Meggitt

From babyhood to age 16, this complete and comprehensive guide takes readers through the physical, cognitive, moral and behavioural aspects of a child's development. It covers key figures like Freud, Piaget and Bowlby as well as more contemporary theorists. Case studies provide a practical understanding of key points in the book.

2. What Every Parent Needs to Know

Margot Sunderland

This bestselling title reveals what science can teach us about parenting and child development, covering everything from breastfeeding to brain development. It includes the latest thinking on how screen time affects children's brains, and how love, nurturing and play contribute to children's development. The book contains chapters on "Sleep and Bedtimes" and "Why Children Behave Badly", and constitutes the ultimate evidence-based guide to parenting up to age 12.

3. GCSE Child Development Revision Guide

Whether you're revising for your GCSE or not, this book is a brilliant and fun guide to child development from the engaging CGP revision guide series. Perfect for AQA, OCR and WJEC exams, it's full of useful and fascinating information.

4. The Whole-Brain Child

Tina Payne Bryson & Daniel J. Siegel

Discover how a child's brain works and matures with this illuminating book. Different parts of the brain develop at different speeds, and understanding these differences can help parents turn any tantrum, argument or fear into an opportunity to nurture their child's brain and raise a calmer, happier child. With straightforward explanations and age-appropriate strategies, children can be guided to lead a balanced and fulfilling life.

5. For Dummies: Child Psychology & Development

Laura L. Smith

Why do kids think and behave the way they do, and how do we bring out the best in them? This comprehensive guide answers these important questions and many more. Part of the well-trusted For Dummies series, it discusses mental disorders and disabilities in children, cognitive development at every stage, behavioural disorders, autism, controlling childhood impulses, developing self-esteem and much more.

6. Raising Boys

Steve Biddulph

This bestselling book features astonishing new evidence concerning what helps and harms boys as they grow up. It offers practical, honest advice so that parents can recognise the different stages of boyhood and understand how to raise confident, thoughtful and happy young men. Featuring a good dose of humour and plenty of encouraging advice, topics cover why boys should start school later than girls, ADHD, help for single mothers and choosing the right sport for your son.

7. Raising Girls

Steve Biddulph

Girls' mental health is in trouble like never before, with levels of depression, eating disorders and bullying on the rise. However, in this illuminating book, Biddulph sets out the five key stages of girlhood so parents can understand exactly what matters at each stage, and prevent girls from becoming victims. Parenthood becomes an exciting journey rather than an endless anxiety, as parents are shown how to raise confident, happy and successful girls in the chaotic modern world.

8. Brainstorm

Daniel J. Siegel

Adolescence is often perceived as a time of defiance, rebellion and recklessness, so it's no wonder parents approach it with trepidation! However, in this pioneering book, neuroscientist Daniel J. Siegel draws on new research to explore promising ways in which understanding the tumultuous teenage brain can help parents nurture children through this period, a time of growth and change which can be extremely positive.

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    Steve Biddulph's Raising Boys was a global phenomenon. The first book in a generation to look at boys' specific needs, parents loved its clarity and warm insights into their sons' inner world. But today, things have changed. It's girls that are in trouble. There has been a sudden and universal deterioration in girls' mental health, starting in primary school and devastating the teen years. Steve Biddulph's Raising Girls is both a guidebook and a call-to-arms for parents. The five key stages of girlhood are laid out so that you know exactly what matters at which age, and how to build strength and connectedness into your daughter from infancy onwards. Raising Girls is both fierce and tender in its mission to help girls more at every age. It's a book for parents who love their daughters deeply, whether they are newborns, teenagers, young women - or anywhere in between. Feeling secure, becoming an explorer, getting along with others, finding her soul, and becoming a woman - at last, there is a clear map of girls' minds that accepts no limitations, narrow roles or selling-out of your daughter's potential or uniqueness. All the hazards are signposted - bullying, eating disorders, body image and depression, social media harms and helps - as are concrete and simple measures for both mums and dads to help prevent their daughters from becoming victims. Parenthood is restored to an exciting journey, not one worry after another, as it's so often portrayed. Steve talks to the world's leading voices on girls' needs and makes their ideas clear and simple, adding his own humour and experience through stories that you will never forget. Even the illustrations, by Kimio Kubo, provide unique and moving glimpses into the inner lives of girls. Along with his fellow psychologists worldwide, Steve is angry at the exploitation and harm being done to girls today. With Raising Girls he strives to spark a movement to end the trashing of girlhood; equipping parents to deal with the modern world, and getting the media off the backs of our daughters. Raising Girls is powerful, practical and positive. Your heart, head and hands will be strengthened by its message.
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    A complete and comprehensive guide to why kids behave and think the way they do-and how to bring out the best in them. In the U.S., more than 10% of children are diagnosed with psychiatric disorders, while countless others remain undiagnosed. Defining what is "normal" and what is not is of great concern to anyone who works with, guides, nurtures, teaches, or parents children. With new discoveries in mental disorders that affect children, Child Psychology & Development For Dummies provides an informational guide to cognitive development at every stage of a child's life, as well as how to diagnose, treat, and overcome the cognitive barriers that impede learning and development.* How to identify and treat mental disorders* Covers behavior disorders, autism, attention deficit disorder, reading disabilities, bipolar disorder, and more* Guidance on helping a child control impulses, develop self esteem, and have good relationships An essential guide for parents, teachers, and caregivers, Child Psychology & Development For Dummies provides a detailed overview of an average child's cognitive development, how to detect abnormalities, and what to do next.
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    In this pioneering, practical book for parents, neuroscientist Daniel J. Siegel and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson explain the new science of how a child's brain is wired and how it matures. Different parts of a child's brain develop at different speeds and understanding these differences can help you turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child's brain and raise calmer, happier children. Featuring clear explanations, age-appropriate strategies and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, "The Whole-Brain Child" will help your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives using twelve key strategies, including: Name It to Tame It: Corral raging right-brain behavior through left-brain storytelling, appealing to the left brain's affinity for words and reasoning to calm emotional storms and bodily tension; and, Engage, Don't Enrage: Keep your child thinking and listening, instead of purely reacting. It also includes: Move It or Lose It: Use physical activities to shift your child's emotional state; Let the Clouds of Emotion Roll By: Guide your children when they are stuck on a negative emotion, and help them understand that feelings come and go; SIFT: Help children pay attention to the Sensations, Images, Feelings, and Thoughts within them so that they can make better decisions and be more flexible; and, Connect Through Conflict: Use discord to encourage empathy and greater social success.
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    This book is a complete guide to child development from birth to 16 years. Assuming no prior knowledge of the subject it will take you through all the perspectives on the subject, covering physical, cognitive, moral and behavioural aspects of a child's development. It covers key figures such as Piaget, Freud and Bowlby as well as looking at the work of more contemporary theorists. With case studies to give you practical understanding and illustrations to back up key points this book is the only guide you will ever need.
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    In this groundbreaking book, the bestselling author of *Parenting from the Inside Out* and *The Whole-Brain Child* shows parents how to turn one of the most challenging developmental periods in their children's lives into one of the most rewarding. Between the ages of 12 and 24, the brain changes in important and often maddening ways. It's no wonder that many parents approach their child's adolescence with fear and trepidation. According to renowned neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel, however, if parents and teens can work together to form a deeper understanding of the brain science behind all the tumult, they will be able to turn conflict into connection and form a deeper understanding of one another. In *Brainstorm*, Siegel illuminates how brain development affects teenagers' behaviour and relationships. Drawing on important new research in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, he explores exciting ways in which understanding how the teenage brain functions can help parents make what is in fact an incredibly positive period of growth, change, and experimentation in their children's lives less lonely and distressing on both sides of the generational divide.
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    This book is full of clear revision notes for GCSE Child Development students. It covers the major topics for the AQA, OCR and WJEC exams, and there's also a small section dedicated to coursework advice The whole thing's designed to make revision easier - everything you need to know is explained in CGP's chatty, straightforward style, and at the end of each section there's a page of questions to check how much you've learned. It's exactly what you need to prepare for your exams
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    An essential read for any parent, Dr Sunderland's bestselling What Every Parent Needs To Know explains what science can teach us about parenting. Covering everything from breastfeeding to brain development, this brand new edition includes the latest thinking on how screen time affects your child's brain, and a focus on how love, nurture, and play contribute to your child's development. With a wealth of fascinating chapters including 'sleep and bedtimes' and 'why children behave badly', What Every Parent Needs To Know is the ultimate handbook for parents who want to make evidence-based decisions about how to care for their child. In What Every Parent Needs To Know, Dr Sunderland's acclaimed ideas explain the science behind parenthood, once again securing the title as the greatest educational book for parents of children up to 12 years old. Previous edition ISBN: 9781405320368.
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    A word of mouth bestseller which has become one of the best loved and most successful books in the parenting field. Steve Biddulph's Raising Boys is to be re-released this month with some startling new research on what helps - and what harms - boys. In this expanded and updated edition, Steve Biddulph shares and gives practical and honest advice to parents so they can recognise the different stages of boyhood and learn how to raise happy, confident and kind young men. Boys need to be parented in a different way from girls with their own very special psychological and physical make-up. Home, society and education have failed boys badly - and these failures lead to unhappy men who cannot fully become happy, responsible, emotionally-confident adults. While it is essential that boys spend more time learning about manhood from their fathers, Biddulph updates his classic to include helpful information for mothers and single mothers with baby boys. This extended edition explores some important topics: . * How ADHD may be caused by stress in the first year of life. * Whether boys should start school later than girls. * Help for single mothers raising sons. * How to choose a sport that does more good than harm. * What we can do about boys and binge drinking. * What science can tell us about teenage boys and driving - and how we can keep our sons safe. Raising Boys offers parents real-life situations, thought-provoking insights, humour and help.