The Collapse of Parenting

The Collapse of Parenting

How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-ups : the Three Things You Must Do to Help your Child or Teen Become A Fulfilled Adult

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Rising levels of obesity, depression, and anxiety among young people can all be traced to parents who let their kids call the shots. Sax argues that kids today are suffering because their parents are no longer in charge--and explains what parents and educators can do to reverse this trend. He offers a blueprint parents can use to refresh and renew their relationships with their children, to help their children thrive in an increasingly complicated world.
Physician, psychologist, and author Leonard Sax presents data documenting a dramatic decline in the achievement and psychological health of American children. But there is hope. Sax shows how parents can help their kids by reasserting their authority--by limiting time with screens, by encouraging better habits at the dinner table and at bedtime, and by teaching humility and perspective.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780465048977
Characteristics: vii, 287 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Apr 18, 2018

Oft-repeated, but it's a must-read for any new or long-time parents. It counters all the nonsensical "parents as friends" modern parenting with cold hard facts and solid writing. I got a lot from this book and so will you.

Oct 21, 2017

A must read for all parents, today! Stop trying to be your child's friend, be their parent.

Apr 06, 2017

Leonard Sax's book is a no holds barred account of what is wrong with parenting today, and the consequent culture of disrespect among kids. More importantly, in North America medication is becoming increasingly the go to solution for bad behaviour and Dr. Sax suggests there is a lot of over-medication and unneeded prescribing of powerful drugs - uncalled for in most cases. In addition to pointing out the causes of bad behaviour Dr. Sax gives a prescription for correcting this and a means for parents to retake control.

ArapahoeJody Nov 29, 2016

Instead of asking "what harm can it do?", try asking "what good can it do?" when deciding if a child or an adult should make a decision. Sax tells of the danger of children left in charge of their futures with no guidance from parents or other adults. Children are raising each other and suffering for it.

May 18, 2016

Well written and documented book with many examples about what Sax considers the right decisions to make when raising your children. I guess it helps that I agree mostly with what he says. He does back up his recommendations using case studies of large groups, as well as examples of many families from his own practice as an MD. I liked that some of his examples were pretty much the same issues in my family of five children.

Apr 30, 2016

i just half way through this and very interesting, i am a grandma just reading this for something to do , i do have kids and one teenage grandson , ,if yu can get a hold of this i really recommend it , i already have told sevral parents of which have teens , and afew of them have allready gone out and bought it

Mar 22, 2016

This book is very interesting. It's easy to follow and he has a good point. Basically, Sax's argument is that the "culture of disrespect" so prevalent among children and teens is caused by bad parenting. He covers a lot of subjects: mental disorders and diagnoses, obesity, fragility and more. I recommend it if you are a parent or caregiver, or even if you just want something thought-provoking to read.

Mar 12, 2016

I found this book thoughtful and full of good ideas for me to ponder. I found a majority of Sax's information backed up by data, research, and fully supported. I would recommend this read to parents!

Feb 23, 2016

“There Has Been No Collapse of Parenting – The bossy style espoused by physician Leonard Sax may be bad for kids.”
by Melinda Wenner Moyer, posted January 22, 2016, to Slate


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