Why are some children described as orchids and other as dandelions? Why do identical twins raised by the same parents, in the same environment, grow into distinctive individuals? Is there a link between neglect in infancy and health issues in adulthood?
Even though Scientific Parenting: What Science Reveals About Parental Influence occasionally covers complex concepts, it is intended for the average reader who knows that parenting does not come with a set of instructions on how to raise a perfect child. This is not a book about what, but about why and how.
Using fictional illustrative anecdotes—based on twenty years of professional experience—and combining her expertise in parent-infant mental health, her experiences as a mother and the latest scientific discoveries in gene-by-environment interactions, behavioral science, epigenetics and attachment theory, author Dr. Nicole Letourneau takes us to a journey that pulls back curtains on the mysteries of early childhood.
There is no one right way to parent a child, of course. As Letourneau says, “parenting is an intricate and sublime process, a ballet of genetic and environmental influences, a kaleidoscope of factors converging into a single harmonious entity....Something worth learning about.”
Dr. Letourneau is a professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary.