Becoming a Brother captures all the complexity and richness of a preschooler's responses to family change. Strictly speaking, four-year-old Simon became a sibling when Asher was born. But role transitions take time, and Simon continued developing his new family role long after Asher came home from the hospital. Here the boy's father, a developmental psychologist, offers a rare view of one child's experience of a common family event.
About the Author
Morton J. Mendelson is Associate Professor of Psychology at McGill University.
"In this gem of a book ... perhaps for the first time in the literature, we get an 'insider's' feel for the psychological changes involved in the transition from only child to big brotherhood... The analysis of Simon's interactions with his new brother provides fertile ground for the description of the social and communicative skills of the preschooler." —Chris Moore, Canadian Psychology