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The Pressured Child: Freeing Our Kids from Performance Overdrive and Helping Them Find Success in School and Life

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The push for students to excel at school and get into the best colleges has never been more intense. In this invaluable new book, the bestselling co-author of Raising Cain addresses America’s performance-driven obsession with the accomplishments of its kids–and provides a deeply humane response.
“How was school?” These three words contain a world of desire on the part of pa
ebook, 288 pages
Published August 17th 2011 by Ballantine Books (first published August 3rd 2004)
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Apr 20, 2009 Cate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up after attending a school sponsored lecture by the author. His message to parents is essentially "chill out." Yes, it is harder to get into some colleges than ever before, but getting in to Harvard/Yale/Stanford or whatever does not assure the rest of your child's life. Nor does not being accepted mean life is over.

Thompson shadows several students through their school day, and vividly reminds us that school is Hard Work, and kids HAVE to have coping mechanisms for the daily stre
Jun 09, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book and a compelling read. The author takes a very gentle approach in how he writes about the kids he follows through their school day and career. He has a true understanding of the hard work involved in just showing up every day, as well as the pressure kids face regarding grades, homework, peers, teachers, etc. He also knows his stuff when it comes to the development of children. I felt at times he was describing me as a kid in school, and at times he touched on things we ...more
Jul 23, 2007 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teachers and parents
Very insightful book that offers reasons why so many kids do not enjoy school and the various social and academic pressures that they face. Thompson asserts that adults needs to remember that students have lives and pressures outside of school, just like their parents have pressures outside of work. Parents and teachers need to realize that these external pressures directly affect student performance and student feelings at school. Thompson also reminds us that each child learns differently and ...more
This is an all school faculty summer read and is mostly about the pressures parents put on their children. It reminds readers to think back to their school experience and try to remember all of the other things that were going on every single day. As parents we want to help our children in order make life easier. Thompson reminds us to listen to our children and look for clues because each child's experience is unique and may not be anything like our own was years ago. Excellent points, mostly c ...more
Oct 14, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So often, you hear adults say "he's just a kid" or "kids shouldn't worry about that..." I think this book does a great job helping parents/adults/counselors look at children's lives through their eyes and realizing that regardless of how we perceive things as adults, school IS stressful for kids. Most of the book is focused on how children experience school, with the last few chapters addressing what parents and educators can do to help make school less psychologically harrowing. I think this bo ...more
Jan 07, 2014 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All parents and educators should read this book. While it is geared with parents of middle school or high school children in mind, every parent of school age children can learn from this book. It is very insightful into the lives children lead everyday in school and how they feel. It also opens up the lines of communication, which all loving parents have a hard time with. Read it today and keep it nearby to return to again and again.
Jennifer Moore
This was a decent book, but didn't give a lot of information on helping your child navigate through a pressure-filled academic environment. It was well-written and a good read from a sociological standpoint.
Jun 24, 2011 Karen marked it as gave-up  ·  review of another edition
This book is a very sympathetic look at what school is like for middle-school aged children. But didn't really speak to me (maybe since the girls are younger).
An interesting look at school from the perspective of the student. I really think all parents ought to read this one.
Sep 18, 2011 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good reminder/description of what it feels like to be in school, day after day, year after year.
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psychologist, school consultant and international speaker on the subjects of children, schools and parenting
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