- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (August 30, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345450132
- ISBN-13: 978-0345450135
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Pressured Child: Freeing Our Kids from Performance Overdrive and Helping Them Find Success in School and Life Paperback – August 30, 2005
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Few questions have been uttered more frequently by parents than "How was school today?" And few questions have been met with more blank stares, shrugs, lies or unhappy truths. In this compelling follow-up to the now-classic Mom, They're Teasing Me, Thompson attempts to put parents "back in touch with the gritty reality of being a child in school," prompting them to recall their own school memories: was it boring, scary, exciting or painful? This, Thompson believes, will help them better comprehend their children's experiences and support them more effectively. Despite the title, Thompson says this book is for "the pressured parent, which is every loving parent, no matter what kind of student your child is." With the demands of standardized tests, the fear of failing school systems and baggage from their own academic pasts, Thompson says, parents' concern about their children's educational welfare is ballooning into panic. As Thompson shadows several students from diverse backgrounds through their school days, a rather mundane—but significant—reality emerges: school is a difficult, unavoidable part of life, but parents can help by being calm, empathic and engaged. Though short on practical strategies, the book sheds light on what goes on behind classroom doors and urges parents to "value the truth of a child's experiences."
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Psychologist Thompson and journalist Barker, collaborators on Raising Cain (2000), offer advice to parents and educators on how to help children cope with the ever-increasing pressures of school and life. Based on interviews with children, parents, and teachers and--most revealing--shadowing students at school, the authors present a portrait of children facing the usual pressures of growing up with the added pressures of a fast-paced modern American culture. The authors lament that so much emphasis is placed on academic performance that parents and educators too often ignore the psychological aspects. On the surface, students present the usual preoccupations with friends and grades. But, as the authors detail here, there is a lot going on beneath the surface as students scratch good-bye messages into the locker of a boy who was killed in a car accident and students express cynicism about whether their teachers really care about them. In this absorbing look at modern childhood, the authors advise parents to get beyond their romantic and selective memories of school years to understand the pressures facing their children. Vanessa Bush
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Overall, this is a useful book for parents to read to gain an understanding of the development process in children and possibly identify with other struggling students.
I did not want to read 100 little examples and stories of Michaels encounters over his career, I wanted real ideas how to help Kids dealing with a stressful environment.
Michaels fails to deliver, the promise in the title "Helping your child find success in school and life." I found no real help, no real advice. In fact it reads like a promo for his services rather than a guide to assisting a child.
It is not nice to write such a harsh review of a book where someone is trying to help, but I feel he places far too much blame without offering real solutions, and that there are some much better books covering the topic.
He also shares his wisdom with parents, warning them of the dangers of pushing a goal that is unattainable (not every child is going to go to Harvard and be a doctor or a lawyer) or one not their own (parents living vicariously through their children). He tells us about the "wasted Senior year" which becomes all about college and not at all about our students/children and the amazing people they are becoming. Lastly, he discusses the importance of allowing children to fail and make mistakes. No parent wants to see his/her child in pain or upset, but if children don't learn how to accept disappointments early on, with parents there to help them through it, it will only hurt them in the long run, sometimes with devastating consequences. Overall a good, easy-to-read book on opening the lines of communication with your students/children.