No Child Left Alone: Getting the Government Out of Parenting

No Child Left Alone: Getting the Government Out of Parenting

by Abby W. Schachter


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No Child Left Alone: Getting the Government Out of Parenting by Abby W. Schachter

Uncle Sam is the worst helicopter parent in America.

Children are taken from their parents because they are obese. Parents are arrested for letting their children play outside alone. Sledding and swaddling are banned. From games to school to breast-feeding to daycare, the overbearing bureaucratic state keeps getting between kids and their parents.

The state’s safety, hygiene, and health regulations rule, and the government’s judgment may not coincide with yours. Which foods and drinks to send to school, what toys to buy, whether to breast- or bottle-feed babies are all choices that used to be left to you and me. Not anymore.

As a mom to four kids, I should be used to it, but I’m not. All the government-mandated parenting gets under my skin. And I’m not alone.

No Child Left Alone explores the growing problem of an intrusive, interfering government and highlights those parents—all the Captain Mommies and Captain Daddies across America—fighting to take back control over their families.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594038617
Publisher: Encounter Books
Publication date: 08/16/2016
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 902,355
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Abby W. Schachter is a regular contributor to The Weekly Standard, Acculturated, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, and Reason , among other publications. She blogs at She lives in Pittsburgh with her artist husband, Professor Ben Schachter, and their four children.

Table of Contents

Foreword Lenore Skenazy ix

Introduction 1

1 Arresting Captain Mommy 27

Criminalizing parents for raising independent, self-assured children

2 Breast Is Best, or Else 61

Advocating for breastfeeding isn't enough-it has to be the law

3 Daycare Nannies 91

Too few child-care centers that cost too much-the result of too many regulations

4 School Statists 121

Obsessed with health and fat shaming

5 The War on Fun 147

Banning play, toys, and games

6 Obesity Police 181

Kids taken into state custody because they're fat and other child-welfare woes

Conclusion 217

Acknowledgments 233

Notes 234

Selected Bibliography 263

Index 266

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