Parents of babies, toddlers, school age children and
teenagers will find much in this book to provoke, irritate, and clarify the
tough and often perplexing work of raising and educating 21st century kids.
Marano, even when she fails to persuade, makes us think hard about what parents
should expect from their children and what kids need to become strong, happy,
and healthy young adults.
If I weren't the seasoned parent of two teenagers, I wonder how I'd feel about having children after reading this daunting but interesting and ultimately hopeful book. Marano, aiming to create as much drama as she can muster, begins by sounding the alarm on a "national crisis" of heavy-handed, selfish parenting and the generation of cowardly, inauthentic, depressed, numb and/or self-destructive young adults it's produced. In a series of sometimes strident arguments presented under...
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