Paranoid Parenting by Frank Furedi
Why Ignoring the Experts May Be Best for Your Child

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Hardly a day goes by without parents being warned of a new threat to their children's well-being. Everything is dangerous: the crib, the babysitter, the school, the supermarket, the park. High-profile campaigns convince parents that their children's health, safety, and development are constantly at risk. Parents are criticized by one child-care expert after another, but even the experts can't agree on matters as simple as whether or not it is wise to sleep next to a child. Parents don't know whom to trust; the only clear message is that they can't trust themselves. Fresh and accessible, Paranoid Parenting suggests that parental anxieties themselves are the worst influence on children. Based on new sociological research as well as dozens of interviews with parents and experts throughout the United States, Canada, and Great Britain, this groundbreaking book will bolster parents' confidence in their own judgments and enable them to bring up confident, imaginative, and capable children.
 

About Frank Furedi

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Frank Furedi is a professor of sociology at the University of Kent and the author of The Culture of Fear.
 
Published March 19, 2001 by Allen Lane. 240 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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The NSPCC's Safe Open Spaces for Children, launched in August 1999, advised parents never to make their children 'kiss or hug an adult if they don't want to'.

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Paranoid Parenting: Abandon your Anxieties and be a Good Parent Frank Furedi Allen Lane £9.99, pp240 Buy it at a discount at BOL Three Shoes, One Sock and a Hairbrush: Everything you Need to Know about Having Your Second Child Rebecca Adams Cassell £9.99, pp223 Buy it at a discount at BOL It be...

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For instance, a common target of child-rearing manuals before the Second World War was the over-protective parent, and guilt-ridden parents worried that they might be 'smothering' their children.

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When the marketing organization System Three surveyed public opinion on the safety of children in Scotland for the BBC in 1998, the results suggested an overwhelming sense that children were far less safe than 20 years ago.

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Lashing out at such venerable experts as Penelope Leach, Benjamin Spock and others, Furedi notes that experts often disagree, contradict themselves and shift their advice in reaction to the moral and cultural attitudes of the time.

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