Paranoid Parenting is an important book that shows how parental fears have been stoked and families harmed as a consequence. It ought to be read by every sensible individual interested in regaining a sane viewpoint that advances children's well-being. It seems that every day there is a warning about your children: everything from cots, babysitters, schools, supermarkets and public parks pose a danger. We are told that children's health, safety and welfare and constantly at risk. Based on sociological research as well as dozens of interviews, this book will bolster your confidence in your own judgements and enable you to bring up self-assured, imaginative, capable children. If you want to understand why adults act like children and children act like adults in short, if you want to understand why raising children today is harder than ever before read this book.
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About the Author
Frank Furedi is Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent at Canterbury. He is the author of numerous books including Culture of Fear, Invitation to Terror and Paranoid Parenting, all published by Continuum.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Making Sense of Parental Paranoia 2. The Myth of the Vulnerable Child 3. Parents as Gods 4. Parenting on Demand: a New Concept in Child Rearing 5. Parenting Turbaned into an Ordeal 6. The Problem of Holding the Line 7. Unclear Rules 8. Professional Power and the Erosion of Parental Authority 9. The Politicisation of Parenting