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Thursday, September 25, 2008

A quick giveaway...

A month or so ago I recieved a copy of A Nation of Wimps in order to participate in an online discussion. While I agree with the basic premise that the book puts forth, I had a hard time with the writing style and ultimately did not participate in the discussion. I felt the author was stretching a bit to make her point, and I didn't think that her examples held true nationwide. Because I got this book for free, I'd like to offer it to another blogger/reader who is willing to read and possibly review it for the author. If you are interested, leave me a comment on this post and I'll draw a name on Sunday.

Here's the full description:

From Publishers Weekly

Marano, editor-at-large at Psychology Today and author
(Why Doesn't Anybody Like Me? A Guide to Raising Socially Confident Kids), takes
a penetrating look at the growing trend of invasive parenting. Marano likens
many parents to hovering helicopters or snowplows trying to remove all
obstacles. The unfortunate result is that children become increasingly fragile,
unable to make decisions or cope with failure. Interspersing her text with
interviews from experts and cutting-edge research, Marano follows the trail from
heavily programmed preschoolers and overprotected grade school kids to stressed
out, overachieving high school students and dependent college kids caught in a
rising campus mental health crisis (thanks to cellphones, the new umbilical
cord, they carry their parents in their jeans pockets). Rather than helping
children to find success and happiness, the author argues, this over-involvement
has exploded into a generation of infantilized wimps who can't handle everyday
life. Instead, she advises, help your kids fail—more is learned from mistakes
than from success, including critical thinking skills. The book is chock-full of
fascinating information, some of it controversial, such as a suspected link
between a diagnosis of ADHD and insufficient free play in the early years.
Marano's dire warning to back off will hit a raw nerve with many parents, but
her message may come not a moment too soon for their kids.


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