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It Takes a Parent: How the Culture of Pushover Parenting Is Hurting Our Children-and What to Do About it [Kindle Edition]

Betsy Hart
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Book Description

Syndicated columnist and mother of four Betsy Hart presents a passionate, provocative argument against today's "parenting culture"-parents who put their kids on a pedestal, shy away from discipline, and cede the power to take decisions, large and small, to their children. Covering hot topics, from spanking and discipline to giving kids way too many choices, this commonsense book shifts the focus back to the role and responsibilities of parents for guiding the character and hearts of their children, so they'll grow up to be responsible adults themselves.

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About the Author

Betsy Hart is a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for the Scripps Howard News Service. Her weekly column on cultural, family, and political issues, "From the Hart," is distributed to 350 newspapers across the country. A frequent television news commentator, she lives in the Chicago area with her four young children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 604 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Books (August 1, 2006)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002J05H02
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,110 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HIghly Recommended!!! MUST READ!!! Excellent Book October 21, 2012
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This is an EXCELLENT book. I have not even finished it and yet felt compelled to write a review on it. I am about two-thirds through and recognize that this is a MUST-READ for all parents. I have often felt that the main-stream parenting philosophy of child-centered parenting, ran against everything that I fundamentally believed in. I, myself, was guilty of centering too much attention on my children when they were young and giving them too much authority and power to choose when they were children. I am now finding myself having to try and reverse those effects, which is very difficult to do when they are older. I wish I had come across the wisdom of this book earlier. I also deeply appreciate Betsy Hart's candor and honesty, how she shared about the dissolution of her marriage and how it compelled her even more to recognize the importance of writing this book. This is an excellent book, well thought out, and candidly written from experience. I am grateful she had the boldness and conviction to speak out and run against the the mainstream parenting culture promoted by the media.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read by Parents Everywhere February 2, 2009
A Kid's Review
Betsy Hart stands up for a parents right to raise their children in this masterfully written book. She embraces her role as a parent and aims to empower parents all over to leave the "experts" behind and trust in your ability to be an excellent parent. Throughout her book she emphasizes the appropriate mix of seeking advice and making your parental decisions based on what YOU know is best for YOUR family. Packed with information this book is a must read.
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It takes a parent is a very refreshing common sense approach to guiding the behavior of children. There is a lot of contrasting with popular child rearing philosophies.....and there needs to be! Parents who choose to raise their kids are far too often shouted down when they offer their experiences to others. Parents who subscribe to the theories that have parents walking on the egg shells of their children's self esteem for fear of bruising their egos really need to read this book. It very clearly, and with numerous examples, shows the harm many parents are doing to their children, by, in their minds, protecting them from all harm. It is also a great loaner book for parents who agree with this method of child rearing. The chances are it will make your case much better than you yourself can. This book is truly a breath of fresh common sense air in the new age atmosphere!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful Help June 14, 2007
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This was an excellent book, full of humor and good sense. I learned quite a bit. The author cites many contemporary authorities and critiques popular ideas about child-rearing that may be deficient. She often uses examples from her own family. There is motivation as well as insight.
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