Penelope Leach


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Penelope J. Leach (born Penelope Jane Balchin, 19 November 1937 Hampstead, London) is a British psychologist who writes extensively on parenting issues from a child development perspective.

Leach is best known for her book Your Baby and Child: From Birth to Age Five, published in 1977, which has sold over two million copies to date. Leach notes in the introduction to that book: ... more »

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  • For a small child there is no division between playing and learning; between the things he or she does "just for fun" and things that are "educational." The child learns while living and any part of l...
    Penelope Leach (20th century), British child development specialist. Your Baby and Child, ch. 5 (1977).
  • A preschool child does not emerge from your toddler on a given date or birthday. He becomes a child when he ceases to be a wayward, confusing, unpredictable and often balky person-in-the- making, and ...
    Penelope Leach (20th century), British child development specialist. Your Baby and Child, ch. 6 (1977).
  • Your preschool child will chatter endlessly to you. If you half-listen and half-reply the whole conversation will seem, and become, tediously meaningless for both of you. but if you really listen and ...
    Penelope Leach (20th century), British child development specialist. Your Baby and Child, introduction (1977).
  • True spoiling is nothing to do with what a child owns or with amount of attention he gets. he can have the major part of your income, living space and attention and not be spoiled, or he can have very...
    Penelope Leach (20th century), U.S. child development specialist. Your Baby and Child, ch. 6 (1983).
  • Grown-up people do very little and say a great deal.... Toddlers say very little and do a great deal.... With a toddler you cannot explain, you have to show. You cannot send, you have to take. You can...
    Penelope Leach (20th century), British child development specialist. Your Baby and Child, ch. 6 (1977).
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