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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402203462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402203466
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Your children are under attack. This assault is not coming from terrorists within or outside our borders. It is not coming from disturbed people in our communities.

This onslaught is coming from our own American popular culture: * Media violence and sexuality (e.g., video games, television, movies) instead of compassion * Bad behavior by professional athletes (e.g., Kobe Bryant, Terrell Owens) instead of respect * Celebrity-driven media (e.g., E!, the Osbournes) instead of substance * Physical attractiveness (e.g., cosmetics, plastic surgery) instead of character * Corporate corruption and greed (e.g., Enron, Adelphia) instead of integrity * Materialism (e.g., advertising, fashion, electronics) instead of meaning * Childhood obesity (e.g., fast food, soft drinks, candy) instead of health * Pressure to win in youth sports (e.g., over-involved parents, traveling teams) instead of fun.

Popular culture used to reflect the values of America. Now it has become a voracious beast of materialism, celebrity and excess that shapes those values to meet its own greedy needs. Popular culture can no longer be trusted to act in your children’s best interests and communicate healthy, life-affirming values.

With the information and tools you learn from Your Children Are Under Attack, you will again have the power to protect your children from American popular culture and ensure that your children grow up to become positive, strong, safe and caring people.

About the Author

Jim Taylor, Ph.D. has published more than 400 articles in scholarly and popular publications, and has given more than 500 workshops and presentations throughout North America and Europe. He is the author of eight books, including Positive Pushing: How to Raise a Successful and Happy Child.

Dr. Taylor has appeared on NBC's Today Show, ABC's World News This Weekend, and major television network affiliates. His research has been the subject of syndicated sports columns that have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country. Jim has been a columnist for The Denver Post , and has been interviewed for articles that have appeared in The Miami Herald, The Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, The Baltimore Sun, The Denver Post, Skiing, Outside, and many other newspapers and magazines. He gives 5-10 presentations a month to parents, educators, children, coaches, athletes, and mental health and medical professionals.

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Dr. Jim Taylor is internationally recognized for his work in the psychology of performance in business, sport, and parenting.

Dr. Taylor has been a consultant to and has provided individual and group training to executives and businesses throughout the North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. He is a frequent speaker at Young Presidents' Organization events internationally and a featured speaker for Natixis Global Associates, the 14th largest asset management company in the world.

Dr. Taylor has been a consultant for the United States and Japanese Ski Teams, the United States Tennis Association, and USA Triathlon, and has worked with professional and world-class athletes in tennis, skiing, cycling, triathlon, track and field, swimming, football, golf, baseball, and many other sports. He has been invited to lecture by the Olympic Committees of Spain, France, Poland, and the U.S., and has consulted with the Athletic Departments at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Taylor speaks regularly to elementary and secondary schools, parent and education associations, youth-sports programs, and performing-arts organizations around the country.

Dr. Taylor has consulted with health and medical facilities around the U.S. including the Mayo Clinic, the Stone Clinic in San Francisco, The Aspen Fitness and Sports Medicine Institute, the San Francisco Bay Club, Bay Club Marin, and the J.P. Parisien Human Performance Laboratory.

He has worked with the Miami City Ballet, the Hartford Ballet Company, and the DanceAspen Summer School, and performing artists in many disciplines.

Dr. Taylor received his Bachelor's degree from Middlebury College and earned his Master's degree and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Colorado. He is a former Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at Nova University in Ft. Lauderdale and a former clinical associate professor in the Sport & Performance Psychology graduate program at the University of Denver. He is currently an adjunct faculty at the University of San Francisco and the Wright Institute in Berkeley.

Dr. Taylor's professional areas of interest include corporate performance, child development and parenting, sport psychology, coaches education, injury rehabilitation, popular culture, public education reform, and the psychology of technology.

A former alpine ski racer who competed internationally, Dr. Taylor is also a 2nd degree black belt and certified instructor in karate, a marathon runner, and an Ironman triathlete.

He has published more than 700 articles in scholarly and popular publications, and has given more than 800 workshops and presentations throughout North and South America, Europe, and the Middle East.

Dr. Taylor is the author or lead editor of 14 books including Your Children are Listening: Nine Messages They Need to Hear From You (The Experiment Publishing, 2011), Positive Pushing: How to Raise a Successful and Happy Child (Hyperion, 2003),Your Children are Under Attack: How Popular Culture is Destroying Your Kids' Values, and How You Can Protect Them (SourceBooks, 2005), The Triathlete's Guide to Mental Training (VeloPress, 2005), Prime Sport: Triumph of the Athlete's Mind (iUniverse, 2002), andApplying Sport Psychology: Four Perspectives (lead editor, Human Kinetics, 2005). Dr. Taylor's next parenting book, Raising Generation Tech:  Prepare Your Children for a Media-fueled World (Sourcebooks), will be published in the Spring of 2012. Another book, Prime Dance: The Psychology of Artistry and Excellence (Human Kinetics) will be published in the Spring of 2013.

Dr. Taylor blogs on business, sports, parenting, technology, education, politics, and popular culture on this web site, as well as on psychologytoday.com, sfgate.com (San Francisco Chronicle's web site), huffingtonpost.com, seattlepi.com, and the Hearst Interactive Media Connecticut Group web sites. His posts are aggregated by dozens of web sites worldwide and have been read by millions of people.

Dr. Taylor has appeared on NBC's Today Show, Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends, UPN's Life & Style, ABC's World News This Weekend, and the major television network affiliates around the U.S.. He has participated in many radio shows. His research and writings have as been the subject of syndicated columns that have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country. Jim has been a columnist for The Denver Post , and has been interviewed for articles that have appeared in The New York Daily News, The Los Angeles Times, The London Times, The Chicago Tribune, U.S. News & World Report, The Christian Science Monitor, The London Telegraph, The Miami Herald, The Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, The Baltimore Sun, The Denver Post, Skiing, Outside, and many other newspapers and magazines.

Dr. Taylor is a former member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Education Fund, a non-profit organization whose mission it is to help underprivileged students achieve academic success.

Dr. Taylor lives north of San Francisco with his wife, Sarah, and daughters, Catie and Gracie.

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Dr.Taylor's book is a must read for parents of kids of all ages.
Michael Brody
Dr. Taylor sees that parents can and must protect their family from the corrosive effects of popular culture by raising children to be strong from within.
Gerald Sindell
It will give you practical solutions instiling your family values in your children.
Chick Moorman

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Kloer on May 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
I started Jim Taylor's book "Your Children Are Under Attack" thinking it would be along the lines of the traditional right-wing attack on pop culture as put forth by Bill O'Reilly, William J. Bennett, Jerry Falwell, etc. While fans of those writers may find common ground and reason to celebrate Taylor, there are some pretty big differences, enough so that liberals (gasp) may get plenty out of it as well.

Taylor is not really coming from a political point of view, and he is definitely not coming from a Christian point of view. He does not mention religion, nor Republicans, nor Democrats. His concern is children, only children, and what our popular culture does to children if parents don't take steps to hold it at bay and model values.

(That's right, parents, it's not enough to turn off "South Park" and say 'Don't watch that trash' to your kids. You have to walk the walk and sit down with them at dinner and be a model of adult love and responsibility.)

Taylor is intense, and not given to shades of gray "There is no more destuctive force in your children's lives than American popular culture," he writes, and he doesn't just mean Britney Spears' belly button, although that's part of it. It's the whole business model of American capitalism that sells young people crappy stuff and shallow, transient feelings, and then sells them a slightly different version of the same thing next week.

"Under Attack" can be repetitious, but a lot less repetitious than 800 million commercials for the next Fox reality show. I'll vote for Taylor.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael F. Shaughnessy on October 19, 2005
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Dr. Jim Taylor has written a book that needs to be written. Parents, teachers and interested individuals need to be aware as to what our Ameican culture is doing to our children and the values that are being propogated. Dr. Taylor exposes what messages the " media " are sending. Dr. Taylor shows what values corporations in America are esposing. He knows that greed, corruption, materialism and just plain stupidity are out there on our television sets, magazines and what values permeate our culture. Taylor knows what a steady diet of The Osbournes, Friends and of course Paris Hilton will do. We all need to be aware of the messages that are sent to our children on a daily basis and how these messages influence our kids and our culture. Instead of integrity, cleavage is respected in American society. Instead of honor and truth, mascara and designer jeans are extolled as being important. More than ever, parents need to work at discussing values, things of importance and integrity with their children. Parents who do want to help raise their children should read this. Teachers who want to understand the values of their students should read this. And lastly greedy, money hungry corporate American leaders should read this and understand what their crass commercialism is doing to America.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Debb Debret on September 9, 2005
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Dr. Taylor's book should be required reading for anyone who cares for children of any age.

While I was previously aware of pop-culture and it's influence, this book really clarifies the true extent of how insidious our current pop-culture is and how it is literally attacking our children's values. He outlines the extent of corporate greed that markets grossly violent video games, movies, music, clothing that sexualize children, unhealthy food, etc. to our kids and how celebrities are idolized even when their behavior is horrific.

It all starts with awareness. As parents we need to be aware of the constant bombardment of our children with today's negative and greed-driven popular culture. We also need to make our children aware of it as well. This book will really do that. Dr. Taylor sets forth a clear strategy to fight back and win this war for our children's values. He stresses starting a Family Value Culture as a defense system where you live and model your family values and your children are a part of that team. He also gives clear guidance about what really works to instill the values that you want your kids to have such as compassion, honesty, love, character, integrity, and responsibility.

As parents and caregivers, by arming ourselves with knowledge, awareness and the tools set forth in this book, we can truly make a difference in our children's lives and minimize the negative effects of today's pop culture. I have already given several copies to friends and will continue to recommend it to all of the parents and caregivers I know.

Thank you, Dr. Taylor for giving us a great tool to fight back and win the war.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ann on January 24, 2006
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It was 1960 on the stage of "Bye Bye Birdie" when actor Paul Lynde, playing Mr. Henry McAfee, shouted out to his audience saying, "Kids! I don't know what's wrong with these kids today!"

Toward the end of his barrage, he finally asked, "Why can't they be like we were, perfect in every way? What's the matter with kids today?"

Dr. Jim Taylor, in his book "Your Children are Under Attack: How Popular Culture is Destroying Your Kids' Values, and How You Can Protect Them," addresses this age-old question with an answer: popular culture is devastating our lives.

Video games, too much TV, corporate fraud, materialism, the inundation of information from the Internet, the unreasonable emphasis on physical attractiveness, plus the lack of physical activity leading to childhood obesity -- these are endangering our children and our culture.

Throughout the book, Taylor's theme never waivers. "The messages that American popular culture communicate to children today are in direct conflict with what is best for them," he writes. "Popular culture is now a truly counterproductive force in families' lives...."

Taylor believes that those who in past generations were institutional partners with parents such as the government, corporate America and even our schools have themselves given in to the illusory promises of instant gratification and the almighty "bottom line."

Parents are left standing alone between their children and millions of images from TV, DVDs, XBoxes, etc.

Taylor believes modern pressures lead to lazy parenting - raising children "in the most convenient way" because adults are exhausted and overwhelmed by the pace and impact of everyday life.

The message is grim, but Taylor offers hope.
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