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Epidemic: The Rot of American Culture, Absentee and Permissive Parenting, and the Resultant Plague of Joyless, Selfish Children

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2004

    I Can See Clearly Now....The Fog Is Gone!

    I agree with all the preceeding reviews, but I feel I must add my personal experience...As a parent of an only child, it's hard to be a constant companion, so t.v. was a simple fix, even though I've felt uneasy about the rude kids in the cartoons and comercials, and the fact that hours were being wasted away, with little interaction. I've noticed that my son, nephews and nieces cannot go off and play on their own, happy to be together, like we did as kids--they need to be taken somewhere and have us grownups organizing a game with them, they also are never content to play with the tons of toys they already have. After reading the Epidemic, it is all crystal clear--yes, as my single, childless brother pointed out, much of it is common sense, but as a parent you lose much of your perspective--you're sucked up into the whole parenting culture, and when you have other parents and parenting magazines convincing you that you are doing great, it's just easier to believe it. I am happy to say, after just a few days of implementing some of the things I've learned from the book, we are already on the road to a more harmonious family--and you know what? I have heard more 'I love you, Mom''s in the last few days than I have in a long time. Thank you, Dr. Shaw!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2003

    It's what you already know

    I had been so wanting to believe the articles and books I had read about parenting that would make my life convenient with children . . . daycare is good, tv is educational at any age, etc. -- but I knew in my heart it was not. How can any responsible parent think these things? I think it is easy to fall into that trap in our current society, where 'everyone else is doing it'. This book jolts you back to reality with an awakening tone of common sense and explicit cause and effect. Although some conclusions are too linear in this book, the underlying message is clear 'you are the parent -- act like it'!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2003

    Please Read This Book

    I may have had problems being raised with Christian values that taught me shame and self hatred for being gay, but that pales in comparison to the people I went to school with when I moved to California. I noticed how deeply amoral, cruel, and vicious these people were and was shocked that the parents of these people were raising them to act this way. A result of this lead to an encouragement of what is known as 'rape culture' and the more homophobic parents who had gay sons pumped them so full of self hatred they took it out on other gay people (often with physical and sexual violence). Something is dangerously wrong with families in America and Im glad Im not the only one who noticed these 'monsters'. Do something before its too late!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2003

    Something's Rotting...It's Our Children and Parents!

    I wish I could have given this book 10 stars! Every hospital maternity ward or birthing center should send this book home with the parents of newborns. Once I started reading, I couldn't stop. As a stay-at-home Dad (father of two boys ages 3 and 5), I was temporarily blinded by the absurd notions projected by the popular child-rearing 'gurus'(and the yuppie moms and dads in my area), but I managed to see the light and take charge of my family ( over 3 years ago) by trusting my judgement, not the judgement of those folks whose parenting skills (or lack thereof)have created a generation of Columbine-kids. I went 'back to basics' long ago, and decided to raise my kids the way my Mom raised me and my siblings...thanks Mom! Kudos to Dr. Shaw and Ms. Wood for this LONG overdue 'check and balance' of society's current child-rearing practices!

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

    Wow!

    I am currently a student in college studying psychology and child development. I picked this book up just by chance. I have done a lot of babysitting in the past few years, from part to full-time, and it is amazing how dead-on this author is about what is becoming of today's children. He is absolutely clear and to the point, and the message he gives is invaluable to anyone who wants to understand why children today have the problems that they do. If you are going to be a parent, or if you already are, PLEASE READ THIS BOOK!!! The epidemic of selfish, angry children is not outside of our control, and its not impossible to fix. In fact, this book shows just how easy it really could be, if we were to make the effort to do the right thing. From someone who has had to deal with dozens of children just like this, do me a favor and read this book before you stick your kid on ADHD meds!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2003

    This book should be prescribed to all parents!

    As a teacher, daughter, and future mother, I believe this book is one of the most important parenting books out there. We are raising our children to be indulged brats and this book shows us how to not do this. I wish every parent would get a copy; it would make teaching a lot better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2003

    Great book, straight talk for many parents who need it!

    This book is a very straight talking, lets not sugar coat it, discussion on why so many children have become overwhelming selfish, demanding and unhappy. It truly is an epidemic. I have seen so many parents out in stores with screaming children because they couldn't get a GI Joe, and the parents don't understand why. This book will tell you why! I have a 1 year old, and I feel like a better parent after reading this. It actually gives you permission to be a PARENT, unlike so many parenting books that suggest that you just be a passive observer. A book with common sense and real values to help guide us new parents away from the sad yet popular epidemic of permiss

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2003

    A must-have for every parent

    This is the book every parent needs - Dr. Shaw is saying what many people have been thinking for years: many of today's kids are spoiled, sullen, uncommunicative, selfish and horrible to be around. And everywhere we go, we see parents letting their kids misbehave. Is it neglect? Is it over-permissiveness? Dr. Shaw shows the symptoms of what he calls 'The Epidemic' and then shows us how to correct our own bad parenting skills that are ruining kids in the first place. READ THIS BOOK!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2009

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