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Review 'Fascinating...The authors' global perspective finds that human experience is varied and kids are resilient.'?Laura Vanderkam, Wall Street Journal'It took two accomplished (and married) anthropologists, Robert A. LeVine and Sarah LeVine, to synthesize years of research spanning the globe, then ask the basic question in the title of their new book: 'Do Parents Matter?'...a well-informed argument.'?Dan Saltzstein, New York Times Book Review'I love this advice ... Do Parents Matter? pushes the conversation in the same provocative and essential way [as Pamela Druckerman's Bringing Up B?b?]. Because of course parents matter. But they're more effective when they tear their eyes away from all the conflicting advice and focus on the messy, complicated, contradictory kid in front of them.'?Anna Davies, New York Post'The LeVines have created a valuable book for parents. By exposing them to the practices and goals of parents and cultures around the world, they offer parents in the United States ideas for their own goals, and for how to react as pressures on parents increase in our country. It is particularly important for parents to rethink their roles, rather than continue the present hovering, to one that may produce children who learn from the first how to face the inevitable stresses of development with more self-confidence.'?T. Berry Brazelton'Parenting experts beware: the anthropologists are coming! Robert A. and Sarah Levine discover fascinating lessons on child-rearing, from the Japanese to the Gusii.'?Pamela Druckerman, author of Bringing Up B?b?'From birth onward, humans distinguish themselves as Earth's most adaptable mammal. Robert A. and Sarah LeVine combine decades of observation with absorbing storytelling to reveal the near-infinite variation of paths to a healthy adulthood. Do Parents Matter? is a must-read for students of human development and concerned parents alike.'?Sam Wang, professor of neuroscience, Princeton University, and coauthor, Welcome to Your Child's Brain'An intriguing assessment of the effectiveness of a variety of global parenting customs.'?Kirkus Reviews Read more About the Author Robert LeVine is the Roy E. Larsen Professor of Education and Human Development, Emeritus, at Harvard University. His previous books include 'Literacy and Mothering,' 'Anthropology and Child Development,' and 'Child Care and Culture.' In 2001 he received the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Educational Research from the American Educational Research Association. Sarah LeVine is an anthropologist who has conducted research on four continents and coordinated the fieldwork of the Project on Maternal Schooling. Her books include 'Dolor y Alegria: Women and Social Change in Urban Mexico' and 'The Saint of Kathmandu.'' Read more