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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

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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. She is a frequent commentator on CNN and the Fox News Channel.

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  • File Size: 604 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Books (August 1, 2006)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2006
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002J05H02
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,752 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Kane TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
At long last a non-psychobabble, commonsense approach to raising kids right. Hart's book is profound, sorely needed, and right on. She argues that idolizing children and focusing solely on their self-esteem is not healthy. Clearly they need nurturing, but not to the exclusion of limits, ground rules, and a solid understanding of right and wrong. Parents need to be authority figures. They also, she argues, need to stop obsessing about perfect kids and realize that mistakes can become learning opportunities that help children grow into healthy, well centered adults. And, of course, she argues against falling for the latest 60-seconding parenting tip of the day. Her work helps shift the focus back to parent's proper roles and responsibilities in guiding the character of their children. I taught in a public school part-time for eight years and currently teach martial arts to kids (and adults). I have seen the behavioral problems she refers to over and over again and have seen first hand how her approach really does work. And I use a similar approach with my own kids. This book is well written, compelling, and sorely needed. It's about time someone promulgated this approach. Highly recommended!
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Caring but Struggling Stepmom on August 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book should be a household tool. I just read a copy and have to say that Mrs. Hart is preaching to the choir for me and so many other moms. It is difficult to stand up to what everyone else is doing with and for their kids when you are different. The odd part, is that in our hearts, we know we are doing what is best for our children by not falling for the mega advertising and "stepford children" mentality that everyone else is doing.

My twin stepdaughters want everything that they see on TV and in magazines, even hear ads on the radio. Even though their natural mom runs to the mall to get them everything possible "BEFORE ANYONE ELSE DOES," their dad and I do not play this game. It is a terrible struggle, especially when we know that there are other parents and step-parents who want to go along with us but choose not to due to looking like a bad person.

There are only a handful of us in their school who do not play by the rules and pressures of today's society and we are constantly being shot down and talked about. It would be much easier to just go with the flow.

I am very happy that Mrs.Hart, a syndicated columnist, has taken a stand on this matter and hope that each and every parent will give it up and read the book.

It will surely get much negative exposure, "How dare someone question the rules of the IN CROWD, and tell parents to act and become the PARENT..."

It's very brave of her to do so...as well as another syndicated family columnist, Jodie Lynn. In her book, Mommy-CEO, she says similar things and offers similar "how to" alternatives for parents to be THE PARENTS. Both books are well qualified to be in every household across the GLOBE and should become a tool in each house.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Someone who cares on August 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
It's ok to tell our children "no." It's ok to turn off the TV, to take away the Game Boy, to deny the ice cream cone. Come on parents! Step up to the plate and take some responsibility for your children! We have become a nation of children raising themselves. It's time to embrace the responsibility of being a parent. You owe it to your children and you owe it to our collective future.This book will help you on your way.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By aaa-Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is an okay book from which you can expect to get two or three good ideas. It is basically homespun advice that uses personal experience as a base. (When I was a child my parents did this. This is what I do with my kids....)

As other reviewers have noted Ms. Hart builds up straw man arguments that she then proceeds to knock down. This frequently takes the form of 'here is what pushover parents are doing' and here is what it makes sense to do. This approach however is what really appeals to her niche audience and if you can excuse her the format of the argument, there is frequently something worth pondering in her message.

Three Stars. Others found it an excellent read, but I found it overly wordy. I think the same advice could have been put in half the space. That said, "It Takes a Parent" is worth reading, although one might want to wait for the paperback (or library). [Not a book one is likely to read over and over--pass it along to friends and family.]

Since the "Search inside this book" feature does not have the second page of contents I have listed them below.

8 - When did "No" Become a Dirty Word?

9 - Wo Chose to Give Kids So Many Choices?

10 - Feelings, Wo-oh-oh Feelings

11-Led Zeppeline and the culture Wars: The culture Can Be Cool

12-To Spank or Not to Spank (and Why It's Not Really the Right Question, Anyway)

13-Challenge the Experts for the Sake of Your Child

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Susan Marie on February 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a good parenting book. I especially enjoyed the topics about self-esteem, being your child's advocate, saying "no," and the culture wars. But my favorite one was her explanation of how the popular notion "criticize the action, not the child" is just plain wrong. Once you read this book, you'll never look at `expert' advice the same way. There are phrases in the book that she overuses, in my opinion, but I just overlooked that knowing she was obviously doing it to reinforce her point. I also liked the way she does not hide the fact that she isn't a perfect parent and has sometimes fallen for some bad `expert' parenting advice.
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