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Peaceful Parenting in a Violent World Paperback – April 1, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0964533509 ISBN-10: 0964533502

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Perspective Pub (April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964533502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964533509
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,853,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Oleanna on December 22, 2005
I passed my copy on to a professor of child development who collects examples of bad parenting manuals. It was well received.

The title and cover are appealing. The contents are poorly organized, unpleasant, and unhelpful. They're also disrespectful toward children. In fact, although both authors are fathers, their book gives the impression they dislike children. Cress believes parents are "mentally, and emotionally superior to their children" and concentrates on ways to control, manipulate or even trick them. Nowhere in this book, in any case study or example, is a child presented as a regular, worthwhile person with a capacity for independent positive thinking.

Although the authors claim their "child management philosophy" opposes "all forms of violence against children, including physical and verbal aggression, emotional maltreatment, and neglect", they delude themselves. They advocate spanking dolls, not hitting people, but seem tantalized by all manner of demeaning mistreatment other than corporal punishment. Numerous suggestions are unacceptably harsh. Calling them "peaceful" is misleading. "Empathy" is promoted as a manipulative tactic, to tell children what they think and feel rather than actually respond to their feelings. Those who subscribe to John Gottman's advice on raising emotionally intelligent children will be taken aback at Cress's attitude.

Following empty platitudes about feelings, a section called "Know the Value of Fear" prescribes a "helpful" living nightmare remedy for an adolescent "associating with delinquent or pre-delinquent peers.": "initiate the process by secretly contacting the [correctional] facility. Without forewarning, the child is descended upon [ yes, `descended upon'!] by ranch residents and taken to the site.
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