"An entire industry preys on parental anxiety… Paul nicely dismantles the claim [and] tries to lead us out of the catastrophization of childhood."—The New York Times Book Review
"Fascinating… Paul shows how companies selling everything from infant movement monitors to education DVDs have built a booming business convincing parents they cannot trust their children’s safety or well-being to themselves."—Reuters
"[Parenting, Inc.] offers the reader a distilled version of the parenting products and services that are truly useful, as opposed to those that prey on our fears."—Cookie magazine
"Paul has cleverly identified this subset of our consumer culture run wild... Perform[s] a useful service, debunking the most absurd of the baby-marketers’ claims."—New York Observer
"Sing it, sister Pamela! At last, a baby-book trend even a father can dig."—The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"An absorbing examination of the commercialization of parenting."—The Guardian (London)
"Through interviews... Paul helps consumers figure out for themselves just what items they need and which ones are a complete waste of money. Her book is part investigative journey, part resource manual." —The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.)
"Paul… looks closely at the nonstop spending spree associated with parenting (designer shoes for newborns, anyone?) and offers a sobering critique of the combined industries she dubs "Big Baby.""—Time Out New York Kids
"Paul’s journey through the maze [of marketing] is frightening and, frankly, a bit embarrassing. Her conclusions champion restraint."—Courier-Journal (Louisville)
"A meticulously researched piece of cultural criticism… Parenting, Inc. just might reassure [parents]."—St. Petersburg Times
"Before you plunk down forty bucks for a Christian Dior pacifier, think about Paul’s warning about a consumer-driven culture that’s raising over-protected, over-stimulated, and over-provided-for children."—CNBC Business Radio
"Paul… took a hard look at the ‘parenting industry’ and found that not only are the companies creating and marketing these products actively play on parental fears, but we parents have readily bought into the hype."—The Greenville News
"Like Judith Warner’s Perfect Madness, this sine qua non for new parents is highly recommended." —Library Journal
"Paul explains just how ludicrous today’s infant product marketplace has become."—The Ottawa Citizen
"It’s only natural to want the best for our kids; all parents do. But what does ‘the best’ mean? Pamela Paul takes us on a hair-raising journey of the products, services, and ‘expert’ guidance from which parents today feel compelled to choose and the time pressure, financial pressure, and self-doubt that turns them into nervous wrecks. Parents need the courage to be sensible again—they and their kids can use it. Buy this book and carry it with you whenever you walk into a baby store."—Barry Schwartz, author of The Paradox of Choice
"You don’t have a Crumb Chum chin-to-toe cover to put on your toddler at meal times? You haven’t hired your ‘momcierge’ to organize your child’s home library? Or a specialist in thumb sucking, under-sleeping, nail biting, or giving up overnight diapers? Relax. In this riveting book, Paul very much empathizes with the anxieties of eager parents. At the same time, she gently helps us wonder whether we aren’t, as a culture, going overboard—and deftly, brilliantly, helps us see the beauty in an alternative. She rings a bell we need to hear."—Arlie Hochschild, author of The Time Bind and The Managed Heart
"There has been a great deal written about the commercialization of childhood, but Parenting, Inc. makes it clear that the commercialization of parenting is equally extensive and even more troubling. This important book will help parents become aware of how much of their parenting is being forced upon them by an unrelenting sales pitch."—David Elkind, professor of child development, Tufts University, and author of The Hurried Child
I love Pamela Paul's book - it is one of the few "parenting" type books that I have read multiple times.
Each chapter gives a few too many examples of what she's talking about but she ties it all together at the end of each chapter very well.
Babies choke to death on food and drown in the bathtub, too, but no one gives their child a feeding tube and sponge baths to avoid that.
... One you will be able to quote at dinners to other flabbergasted parents and probably start some enjoyable debates as well.
The subtitle says it all really. Read more
I read Parenting Inc. because I am appalled by the consumerism surrounding baby products and services, and I thought that the book would support me in my "back to basics,... Read morePublished on August 20, 2011 by R. Stewart
This book is really good for any first time parent. It helps you decide what your baby actually needs and when things are getting out of hand. Read morePublished on March 20, 2011 by blondness1o1
The book is well written and well researched. My main problem with the book is I don't agree with many of her opinions. Read morePublished on June 8, 2010 by Katrina Siron
I love Pamela Paul's book - it is one of the few "parenting" type books that I have read multiple times. Read morePublished on January 7, 2010 by Budinello
As many have remarked, the author does an excellent job of pointing out the absurdities of our current child-centered age. Read morePublished on August 2, 2009 by Shannon Chamberlain
I'll say right up front, I didn't read the whole book. I flipped through it at the library while my daughter was looking for books. Read morePublished on July 6, 2009 by leighann
This book came to me highly recommended, and frankly - I agree with its title, subtitle and all of the precepts it puts forth. Read morePublished on July 15, 2008 by R. Russell
I read this book from the perspective of a first-time grandfather of a toddler. I expected a number of changes in the art, science, and practice of parenting in the generation... Read morePublished on July 9, 2008 by Michael Fulda