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Spoiling Childhood: How Well-Meaning Parents Are Giving Children Too Much - But Not What They Need [Paperback]

By Diane Ehrensaft (Author) & Lillian Rubin (Foreword by)
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Vividly encapsulating the absurdities, heartbreaks, and possibilities of contemporary child rearing, this book shows how parents today are all too often caught up in a guilt-driven pendulum swing between parenting too little and parenting too much. Dr. Ehrensaft helps us imagine a society where we can overcome the treacherous balancing acts of work and family demands; where "good-enough" replaces perfect parenting, harriedness is traded for harmony, and children grow on a healthy continuum from infancy to adulthood.

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  • Library Journal Supplements - 05/01/1999 page 44

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Studio: The Guilford Press
Pages   263
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.56" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.76"
Weight:   0.79 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 16, 1999
Publisher   The Guilford Press
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  1572304502  
ISBN13  9781572304505  

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More About Diane Ehrensaft & Lillian Rubin

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Diane Ehrensaft, PhD, is a noted developmental and clinical psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area. A professor of psychology at The Wright Institute, Berkeley, a practicing psychotherapist working with children and parents, and the mother of two (just grown) children, she has published and lectured internationally.

Diane Ehrensaft currently resides in Oakland, in the state of California.

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Somewhat helpful... Good resource  Aug 22, 2008
This book was somewhat helpful, and I think it would be especially useful to first-time parents. It had a lot that I'd already learned growing up the oldest of 6 children and helping raise the youngest 4 of them, but for those who had a more "normal" upbringing themselves, this should be a good resource.
"Just say NO" to Spoiling a Child!  Oct 3, 1999
Dr. Ehrensaft has a gift for blending the clinical and emotional aspects of what children need as opposed to what they want. The importance of saying 'no' today for responsibile children tomorrow; sums up the insightful wisdom of this well written,heartfelt book. A 'just say no' approach to combat addiciton to instant gratification and materialism that produces the insatiable demands of children. Dr. Ehrensaft captures the value of setting limits as only a working parent can.
An incisive look at today's confused parenting methods  Jul 23, 1999
Diane Ehrensaft's fine book "Spoiling Childhood" offers real-life situations from her extensive clinical background to illustrate the bind in which today's "confused parents" find themselves. Highly "conversational" in mood, it aims to help replace parental guilt with "good enough," not perfect parenting. This refreshing book is the one to read if you or anyone you know has ever stopped to say "Wait a minute...I'm the adult here...why is it so hard for me to take control of this situation?" This book is so good I have contacted the author and arranged for her to speak to a parent group in our community this fall.
Crucial reading for parents today!  May 25, 1999
Parents who love Dr. Laura Schlessinger will love this book too! Ehrensaft zings into the fundamental psychological issues behind parenting styles of today's parents, and places them in a cultural and historical context. For the first time, I've read a book that identifies the pressures that contribute to my own parenting mistakes and pitfalls. By avoiding giving a cookbook solution to overcoming the expectations we place on our children, Ehrensaft forces readers to think about the motivations behind their own parenting styles, and thus to make decisions about how to make our children's lives less confusing. This book is an outstanding commentary on parenting today, and I am recommending it to my friends, relatives and clients, AND my children's teachers. If you are a parent in today's world, feeling confused, worried or guilty about your parenting style and its impact on your children, READ this book!
A fascinating look at modern parenting  Feb 17, 1999
I recognized myself and my friends in many chapters of this book. What's interesting is that we are mostly stay-at-home moms who have also been afftected by the harried parent/rush-to-the-top syndrome that is modern parenting. After reading this book I was more grateful than ever that I do stay home with my children. I also felt more confidence in my parenting instincts and gained resolve to be a stronger parent. The most disappointing aspect of this book was Dr. E.'s conclusion. There was no recommendation that parents put aside their own ambition for a short time, at least while their children are not in school. The simplistic assertion that most parents work because they have to is bunk - most work to support a lifestyle that is heavy with new cars, huge houses, nice clothes and lots of dinners out. I know because many of my working friends are among this group. Dr. E.'s perfect work world is unrealistic and unfair. It's not up to the employers to take care of our families needs - that is our responsibility.

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