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Paranoid Parenting: Why Ignoring the Experts May Be Best for Your Child by Frank Furedi
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High-profile campaigns convince parents that their children’s health, safety, and development are constantly at risk. Parents are criticized by one child-care expert after another, but ev Hardly a day goes by without parents pagenting warned of a new threat to paenting children’s well-being. Parents are criticized by one child-care expert after another, but even the experts can’t agree on matters as simple as whether or not it is wise to sleep next to a child.
Parents don’t know whom to trust; the only clear message is that they can’t trust themselves. Fresh and accessible, Paranoid Parenting suggests that parental anxieties themselves are the worst influence on children.
Based on new sociological research as well as dozens of interviews with parents and experts throughout the United States, Canada, and Great Britain, this groundbreaking book will bolster parents’ confidence in their own judgments and enable them to bring up confident, imaginative, and capable children. Paperbackpages. Published September 28th by Chicago Review Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Paranoid Parentingplease sign up.
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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jul 29, Jim rated it really liked it. I ran across this book in a blog post and decided to give it a read. This refers to the American version. Never in world history have children been so safe, so nurtured and guarded, and yet also surveilled, ensconced and fretted over.
At every turn perhaps, I have my doubts experts warn us about doing x or y or risking our children’s well being; parents helicopter their kids until the kids have no space of their own, no time to waste time. Free time, roaming the neighborhood are gone the way o I ran across this book in a blog post and decided to give it a read.
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Free time, roaming the neighborhood are gone the way of the VCR or record player. Furedi calls attention to studies that show how children spend MORE time with their parents then in previous generation, where kids do and franj more done by their parents for them.
Yet, to believe the popular literature, our children are starving for attention by parents who don’t have the mental resources to take care of them. Risk taking, like from normal play or the child’s own actions, are seen as irresponsible parenting or endangerment bordering on criminality. Furedi turns this on its head and argues that by insulating kids from risk, we retard their full development.
Furedi goes into some depth about how recent trends have eroded parental confidence and empowered experts, especially governments, to teach parenting to parents. If you are appalled about stories of parents being arrested for letting their kids walk to to the park, this book is for you.
This is an academically informed work into modern day parenting and its historical and sociological context. It is not without its shortcomings but should be read, discussed and debated.
It would be interesting to see how his sources hold up, and whether his examples are extreme ones. I give the author some leeway to engage in diatribe. It would also have interesting to see him address parents who willingly adopt the paranoid style not out of a lack of confidence, but out of an abundance of it. Furedi’s work should be taken as a thought-piece on tho phenomenon of hyperparenting, paranoid parenting, etc.
Apr 04, Elke DP rated it it was ok. Although I still support the basic premise of this book all the fear and control around parenting is out of controlit was a disappointing read for me. The reasoning is sometimes vague, repeatedly contradicts itself, is full of repeating I checked maybe ten times if I was reading a paragraph for the tenth time but it turns out to be mentioned for the tenth time in four pages or leaves out any self criticism or logical reasoning. At one point Furedi mentions how sociologists cannot really ob Although I still support the basic premise of this book all the fear and control around parenting is out of controlit was a disappointing read for me.
At one point Furedi mentions how sociologists cannot really objectively study society as they are a part of it, which is true, yet he does not apply this to himself. And that was only one example. As a sociologist myself I expect more, much more.
The most disturbing part was how Furedi says a lot of studies involving parenting are not really proven or too small to be taken seriously, which is true, yet he does not present a steady study of his own to prove they are all completely wrong. Somehow he is against these theories, but what he’s saying is only a theory as well – and that is of course not a problem. As I said in the beginning, I still support the premise as I believe it to be largely true but this book doesn’t really convince me of it.
And it’s badly written: Books, names, studies are mentioned abundantly, but very little examples to make the theories or parenting reality come to life. As I still believe in the premise, it pains me to say that I would not recommend to read this as it is not a fun or convincing read. Dec 16, Kelly rated it did not like it Shelves: So I got this book at the Dollar Tree, and now I know why it was there! It reminded me of when I was in college and needed to edit a peer’s paper.
Mind you, a peer who had no idea how to support a thesis statement.
I had initially been very excited to start this book, as my husband and I always talk about what “they” say now that we have a new baby. We always question who this magical “they” are recommending this or that. Well, this book does nothing but contradict itself and spout out random st So I got this book at the Dollar Tree, and now I know why it was there!
Well, this book does nothing but contradict itself and spout out random studies in the UK that have no relevance. When I got to the “Parents as Teachers” chapter, I threw my hands up in parentng, and I’m throwing in the towel. As a parent, I do have better things to do than read this book. Sep 01, Brooke Foley Barack rated it liked it. Very interesting and worth reading Taught me to be skeptical of articles that claim “research shows” parenting affects children in certain ways.
Made me feel more confident ffrank being a parent and trusting my own decisions. Aug 30, Mathew Walls rated it did not like it Shelves: Hypocritical, hyperbolic, bad-faith arguments. I only read the introduction and that was almost more than I could take. This must be cynical attempt to cash-in on an anti-intellectual audience, because there’s no way the author could actually be this dumb.
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