By Charles Fernyhough

A father's intimate examine his daughter's constructing brain from delivery to age three

Unlike the other time in our lives, we have in mind virtually not anything from our first 3 years. As babies, not just are we love the proverbial clean slate yet our thoughts are like teflon: not anything sticks. during this fantastically written account of his daughter's first 3 years, Charles Fernyhough combines his shiny observations with a synthesis of developmental conception, re-creating what that point, misplaced to the reminiscence of adults, is like from a child's perspective.

In A Thousand Days of Wonder, Fernyhough, a psychologist and novelist, makes an attempt to get within his daughter's head as she acquires all of the colleges that make us human, together with social talents, language, morality, and a feeling of self. Written with a father's tenderness and a novelist's empathy and elegance, this specified ebook faucets right into a parent's ask yourself on the strategies of mental improvement.

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Many of the parents I interviewed for this book told me that because of their overburdened work lives, not only do they need the TV to occupy their kids, they often can’t take time to monitor what their kids are watching—programs that too often entail depictions of coercion and violence. Then, too, this prevalent reliance upon media in our homes—the television that is on during mealtimes for 63 percent of American families—and in so many of our public spaces means that kids are also constantly hearing news about frightening real-life events in the world.

After retrieving Matt from his caretaker and on our way to the hospital, I was comforting him but feeling very shaky myself as a young single mom in this situation. I asked Matt if he had thought he could fly when he jumped off that jungle gym. ” This incident still leaves me feeling disquieted, but it shows us how a three-year-old wearing a cape can believe he has the powers of a superhero because he doesn’t separate fantasy from reality into neat compartments as adults do. He doesn’t think logically about cause and effect, so he doesn’t know that the towel/cape billowing behind him won’t keep him afloat in the air.

By the year 2000, in contrast, two-thirds of the children in America had working moms. Between then and now, as hundreds of thousands of American women entered the workforce during the 1980s and 1990s, no parallel government programs emerged to support two-income families. Unlike many western industrialized countries, the United States has no system of quality national childcare or after-school care. In the hours they spend without parents, many children have to fend for themselves, filling empty hours with screen activities, unmonitored by an adult.

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