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Home-Alone America: Why Today's Kids Are Overmedicated, Overweight, and More Troubled Than Ever Before Paperback – September 6, 2005

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About the Author

Mary Eberstadt is a fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, and a contributing editor of Policy Review, the Institution's critically-acclaimed journal of conservative thought. She has been published in the Wall Street Journal and Commentary, and was the executive editor of Irving Kristol's National Interest magazine from 1990 to 1998. Eberstadt was a speechwriter for Secretary of State George Schultz, and a special assistant to UN Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick. She graduated Cornell University magna cum laude as a four-year Telluride scholar. She is currently a stay-at-home mother of four children, and is married to Nick Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Sentinel Trade (September 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595230157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595230157
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,333,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Eberstadt approaches the common belief that absent parents (either through divorce or the "necessity" of both parents working outside the home) are acceptable because 'kids are resilient.'

She systematically dissects the various arguments, both pro and con, and demonstrates the far-reaching effects on kids. Definitely an eye-opening book.

While some of the suggestions offered are mere theory (e.g., the hypothesis that young girls' fertility cycles are affected by non-related males living in the household, which may contribute to earlier sexual experimentation), it is research worth reading.
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Mary Eberstadt is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center; she has also written books such as How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization, Adam and Eve After the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution, Why I Turned Right: Leading Baby Boom Conservatives Chronicle Their Political Journeys, etc. [NOTE: page numbers below refer to the 218-page paperback edition.]

She wrote in the Preface to this 2004 book, “[This book is] an honest attempt to address an outstanding social puzzle of our time. On the one hand, the children and teenagers of today’s advanced societies … are materially better off than ever before. Yet on the other hand, those same children and teenagers share acute problems that either did not exist before, or did not exist in anything like today’s proportions… for some significant number of today’s kids, life is actually experienced as worse---meaning risker, sadder, and more problematic---than it was for their parents’ generation. This book … argues that these troubles are in large measure the unintended fallout of a world in which children are more separated from their families, including but not limited to their parents, than they used to be.” (Pg.
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This book is a wake- up call to America. It makes a very strong case for the conception that the increasingly troubled state of American children is connected to parental absence from the home. The increase in recent years in rates of teenage suicide, mental health problems, childhood sexual abuse, alcoholism, drug- abuse, obesity Eberstadt connects with the fact that America's children and young people are more and more left alone, and unsupervised.
She points to two major factors which have led to more and more single- parent families, the first is the historically high- rate of divorce and the increasing rate of illegitimacy. But is not only in the single - parent families but in the homes in which there are two working parents in which absenteeism from the family has increased. She points out that today seven out of ten mothers work outside the home. And that half of them would continue to do this even if they did not need the money. She says that what benefits the parents as individuals might not necessarily be of benefit to the children. And she points too to a widespread effort to conceal the unpleasant conclusion that a working parent, and especially a working parent may do more harm for the children than the good. She in this regard points to evidence which suggests that the families which do have a parent at home for most of the time have less disturbed and problematic children than those who do not. She cites Francis Fukuyama who says that one reason Americans from Asian families do so well in education is that the mothers of these families devote themselves more to home and children.
This is an important and illuminating wake- up call to America.
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