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Spoiling Childhood: How Well-Meaning Parents Are Giving Children Too Much - But Not What They Need Paperback – April 16, 1999
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Ehrensaft, a developmental and clinical psychologist, provides an analysis of parenting aimed at both parents and experts in child development. The key to understanding her theories is her concept of "kinderdult," a word coined in this work to describe the paradox of children who are given both too much indulgence and too much power. Ehrensaft feels that parents and children alike are confused by the dual and opposing phenomena of excessive child-centeredness and adult self-centeredness. She hopes to empower parents to sort out their own needs, to stop being overinvolved with their children, and to use assertiveness when appropriate. A thoughtful title; recommended for larger public and academic libraries.?Kay L. Brodie, Chesapeake Coll., Wye Mills., Md.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"This is an extremely moving book. Diane Ehrensaft locates and describes a profound unease and uncertainty among contemporary middle-class parents as they cope not only with the time crunch of two careers but also with a cultural crisis in conceptions of parenting. Dr. Ehrensaft points us toward psychologically informed principles that will foster parents' competence and well-being and thereby the sense of competence and well-being in their children as well." --Nancy J. Chodorow, PhD, author of Femininities, Masculinities, Sexualities: Freud and Beyond
"One of the most interesting and helpful books on parenting I've read. It brilliantly untangles the dilemmas of modern parenting--showing how we have come to confuse what we want and what our children need. It challenges us to rethink our roles as mothers and fathers, and offers compassionate guidance on how we can do that." --James A. Levine, EdD, Director, The Fatherhood Project
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