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You Can't F*ck Up Your Kids: A Judgment-Free Guide to Stress-Free Parenting Paperback – March 31, 2020
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“A timely and reassuring look at contemporary parenting. Lindsay Powers explains how weak science and dubious ideology have been used to steal the joy from parenting and replace it with self-doubt. Are you a good parent who feels bad? You need this book!” -- Amy Tuteur, MD, Harvard-trained OB/GYN and author of Push Back: Guilt in the Age of Natural Parenting
“Lindsay Powers is the wise best friend (who also interviewed hundreds of doctors and dozens of parents, while also combing through mountains of research papers) that all new parents dream about. Warm, compassionate, and open-minded, Powers examines the trials of modern parenting—from the belief that C-sections are the easy way out to the misconception that sleep training will make your baby a psychopath—and offers up something we sleep-deprived parents rarely receive: relief. This new bible of anxiety-free child-rearing is a friendly call to arms to stop the judgement and, even more powerfully, to stop the self-flagellation. I am so grateful that this wonderful book exists.” -- Susannah Cahalan, New York Times bestselling author of Brain on Fire
"A well-researched, common-sense compendium on child-rearing.”, Kirkus
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Powers takes a look at several hot topics, including breastfeeding, daycare and prenatal nutrition and examines the scientific literature. She essentially comes to the conclusion that if you're doing your best to be a loving, supportive parent, you're doing enough. She makes it clear that abuse, neglect and other traumas DO have the potential to "f*ck up your kid," but she also reminds readers that it's still possible for children to thrive despite their difficult childhoods (this is not an excuse to mistreat children, though!). Her writing style is clear and somewhat conversational.
I appreciate the way Powers looks not only at what the studies say, but also the cultural and historical context in which they were written. She argues that what may be "the right thing to do" for one set of parents may be (at best) unattainable or (at worst) damaging for another set of parents. If you (or someone you know) is an anxious parent, this book may help.