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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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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