Penelope Leach is one of today’s foremost authorities on child care, author of the greatly admired Your Baby & Child: From Birth to Age Five, which Dr. T. Berry Brazelton has called “a wonderful book. Well researched, well written and sensitive to both parents’ and children’s needs in the task of growing up together.” Now, with the same authority and understanding, she discusses parents’ concerns about children of all ages.
Your Growing Child is an A-to-Z compendium of vital information and comfort for every mother and father—from new parents bringing home their first infant to parents of adolescents soon to strike out on their own. Whether she is telling you what to do when your child suddenly develops a high fever or earache or rash, or suggesting how you might determine the reason behind your eight-year-old’s unwillingness to go to school, or helping you deal with your adolescent’s developing sexuality, Penelope Leach’s full and specific advice always reflects not only the practice of leading medical authorities but her own immense expertise and experience as a child psychologist, her extraordinary sensitivity to the feelings of both child and parent, and her grasp of the realities—financial, professional, and social—of life today.
Penelope Leach was educated at Cambridge University and at the London School of Economics, where she received her Ph.D. in psychology. A Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a founding member of the UK branch of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, she works on both sides of the Atlantic for organizations concerned with prenatal care and birth, family-friendly working practices, child care, and early-years education. She lives in Lewes, England.
“Leach is practical and understanding: she provides workable solutions to the thorniest problems . . . Whether discussing physical or emotional concerns, Leach goes right to the point—reassuring parents that whatever the problem, something concrete can be done . . . An invaluable family reference.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A wealth of information . . . [Leach’s] writing is relaxed and matter-of-fact, the advice based on common sense.” —Library Journal (starred review)
“Leach merges the best practical advice with an extraordinary sensitivity to her young subjects . . . A book that should soon prove as invaluable as Spock . . . An essential reference book for every parent.” —New York Daily News