Description - Paranoid Parenting by Frank Furedi
Hardly a day goes by without parents being warned of a new danger to their children's well-being. High profile campaigns convince us that our childrens health, safety and development are constantly at risk. It is hardly surprising that parents become paranoid, afraid to let their children out of their sight. Even then, they are criticised by one childcare expert or another. It seems that parents can do nothing right. Parents do not know whom they can trust, but one thing is made clear to them - they cannot trust their own judgement. "Paranoid Parenting" investigates contemporary parental anxieties and suggests that these fears are themselves the most damaging influence upon children in modern society. Children are actually physically safer than they have ever been before and perhaps more in danger from the conflicting advice handed out to parents by different generations of "childcare experts". Frank Furedi explains why parents feel paranoid and looks at how they can deal with the insecurity which is fostered by experts and the media. He goes on to give examples and build a case for parents relying more on their own judgement and circumstances.
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(233mm x 153mm x 14mm)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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The argument put forward by Furedi in this book is that parents are being made overly anxious - paranoid even - in the upbringing of their children. Childcare experts, politicians, the media all put forward their prescriptions on what parents should be doing and, particularly, what they are doing wrong. Compounding this uncertainty is society's view that the world is a place of danger for children, from which they must be protected at almost all cost. This parental anxiety does no favours for their offspring, leaving children unsure of how to deal with the wider world around them. Furedi insists that 'our obsession with our children's safety is likely to be more damaging to them than any risks they are likely to meet with in their daily encounter with the world', and recommends that children should be encouraged to interact with other adults within the community. Although it may be said that Furedi over-argues his case, this book is a useful reminder that a lot of love and a little common-sense are better tools for parenting than all the child-care manuals in the world. (Kirkus UK)
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