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What Kids Really Want That Money Can't Buy: Tips for Parenting in a Commercial World Hardcover – February 25, 2003
From Publishers Weekly
When Taylor, a mother of two, found herself fed up with the "gimme more" mantra of our culture, she helped found the Center for the New American Dream, a national nonprofit devoted to guiding Americans away from their furious earn-and-spend cycle. In this earnest volume, Taylor offers practical advice on how parents can give their kids what matters most: time, love and attention. Using the voices of experts, parents and kids, Taylor makes a convincing case that, despite pleas their for material goods (a national poll of teenagers calculates that kids will nag at least nine times to get what they want; at least 50% of parents will relent), what children actually desire are their parents. As 14-year-old Erika writes: "What I really want is for all parents to just spend time with their kids. America would be a happier country." Taylor urges families to return to simpler, meaningful rituals, such as family dinners, outings, storytelling time and shared hobbies like stargazing and fishing. She encourages parents to make their homes friends-friendly by baking after-school snacks or taking groups of pals to the playground. The suggestions in this book are plentiful, do-able and inspirational, and the kids' first-person accounts ("It is this simple joy that I plan to search out, and I know money cannot buy it for me") will provide much of the necessary motivation.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
'An invaluable guide for anyone who wants to protect kids from advertising while instilling a love for life's non-material joy' - Meryl Streep --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It also gets old reading the many children's comments when they say they want "world peace." Though it touches on the child's desire for security, it didn't need to be recycled throughout the text for every argument. As parents we can't make the world perfect for our children - war is a way to combat evilness in the world.
Since many statements on this book teetered on political propaganda (on the liberal side), I tired of this book quickly.
I will second the opinion of the previous reviewer who stated that 'Einstein Never Used Flash Cards' by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek is an EXCELLENT book.
As adults, many of us feel overscheduled with a never-ending "to do" list. Let's not turn our children into this type A behavior any sooner than necessary.
Other books on this topic: Putting Family First by William Doherty and Einstein Never Used Flash Cards by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek.