There’s hope for childhood. Despite a perfect storm of hostile forces that are robbing children of a healthy childhood, courageous parents and teachers who know what’s best for children are turning the tide. Johann Christoph Arnold, whose books on education, parenting, and relationships have helped more than a million readers through life’s challenges, draws on the stories and voices of parents and educators on the ground, and a wealth of personal experience. He surveys the drastic changes in the lives of children, but also the groundswell of grassroots advocacy and action that he believes will lead to the triumph of common sense and time-tested wisdom. Arnold takes on technology, standardized testing, overstimulation, academic pressure, marketing to children, over-diagnosis and much more, calling on everyone who loves children to combat these threats to childhood and find creative ways to help children flourish. Every parent, teacher, and childcare provider has the power to make a difference, by giving children time to play, access to nature, and personal attention, and most of all, by defending their right to remain children.
“Don’t worry that your children never listen to you, worry that they are always watching you” - Robert Fulghum.
Totally changed my outlook on parenting. With technology and ease of access to so much these days, what are we, as parents, doing to our own children? The pressure to perform, to learn, to excel, are creating so much unease and discontent. We are not letting our children be children anymore, we are forcing them to grow up too soon. We (myself included) tend to be so busy worrying about other things in the world we forget our children need our attention too. Instead we send them off with the table, computer or tv to entertain them instead when all they need is time with us, their parents.
This is definitely a great book for a parents discussion group. We all could truly learn from it