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Saving Childhood: Protecting Our Children from the National Assault on Innocence

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2001

    Children are under assault!

    The Media has so permeated our lives that it seems there is no way to protect 'childhood innocence.' 'Saving Childhood' offers parents hope and practical tips on how to encourage security, a sense of wonder and optimism in the life of a child. This book will empower parents and give them hope for the future. The first part of the book has been written to make parents aware of the realities of the situation and explains the 'Assault' on innocence. The second part is the 'Defense.' Michael and Diane explain that the Assault is coming from Media, Schools, Peers and Parents. They show how statistics have proved that the problems in our society are getting worse at a rapid pace and back this up with scientific evidence. They also explain many points with examples from the raising of their own three children. In order to promote the efforts of parents, Michael and Diane devote chapter seven, eight and nine to explain how parents can promote 'security,' 'a sense of wonder,' and 'optimism' in the lives of their children. 'Childhood is perhaps the only phase of life when innocence can flourish. But to allow this, parents and others responsible for children's minds need to construct a protective shelter against the painful and frightening facets of life. They need to stand guard at its door, to let the harsher truths of reality gradually unfold for the child, in a way and at a pace that allows the child to maintain a positive outlook. Honoring innocence is incompatible with assuming that the earlier children grasp all the worst aspects of the world, the better prepared they'll be to handle them.' -- 'Saving Childhood' page 195

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2000

    Valuable, but annoying

    Cracking the cover of Saving Childhood is like spreading a napkin across one¿s lap prior to a Thanksgiving feast. Michael and Diane Medved set the reader¿s table with a bountiful array of fascinating - sometimes disturbing statistics and quotations surrounding the many influences on childhood. Like a fly buzzing around the stuffed turkey however, is the Medved¿s consistent opinionated and judgmental interjection. The book systematically addresses ¿the assault on innocence¿ by media, schools, peers, and parents with a barrage of statistics and quotes by specialists in related fields. Few are spared by the accusing Medved finger. Refreshingly, the targets of attack are not limited to one aspect of society, but rather proposes that the most ignorant entertainer is perhaps no more guilty of this assault than the permissive parent. Educators, parents, caregivers, and just about anyone interested in social analysis and criticism will find Saving Childhood an entertaining, worthwhile read. However, these very same readers may also find themselves eventually rolling their eyes over the repeated, cutesy tales of the authors¿ own family. For those of us with children that walk in dirty sneakers rather than fly on angelic wings, the Medved¿s personal life may evoke mild nausea. Similarly, those that indulge in occasional tasteless humor may become defensive when they find the Medved finger pointing directly at them. Nonetheless, the book¿s social and personal value far exceeds its minor quirks. The average adult reader will find the writing light and approachable, and will undoubtedly walk away with at the very least a new perspective on the subject; perhaps, the reader will even walk away a better person.

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