This authoritative based book explores the science of parenting — a body of knowledge built upon study, rather than opinion, and the work of experts who have conducted research in this discipline. It emphasizes that the parenting experience differs across cultures and social class, and acknowledges the impact time, place, natural circumstances, and expectations have on how children are cared for and raised. Coverage includes information on the decision to parent, learning to parent, and a historical perspective on the subject (with parenting experts throughout the ages). The various aspects of parenting, the interrelated forces that influence it, and developing the skills to deal with them, remain a focus throughout the entire book. For anyone thinking about becoming a parent, or already a parent, who wants a valuable resource of information to help deal with the complexities involved in raising a child.