Parents Who Think Too Much: Why We Do It, How to Stop It
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Parents Who Think Too Much: Why We Do It, How to Stop It

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With the baby boom generation came the genre of parenting books that told parents how to teach their kids everything from toilet training to developing self-esteem. Generally the message has been: go easy on your child, but hard on yourself. It is starting to become apparent, especially in the best of families, that giving your kids lots of choices, validating their feelin...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published October 6th 2010 by Dell (first published June 8th 1998)
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I didn't read every chapter in this book, but I read the bulk of it. It is a bit dated from the 90s, but it is still good for keeping people like me in check. It argues that much of the expert opinion from parenting books in bunk and that parents need to worry less and trust their instincts more. I will still read parenting books and results from the latest research, but it is a helpful reminder to read them with a critical eye.
Throw away all of your other parenting books - this one is the one that comes the closest to telling us what we really need to hear: We are the best parent for our child and we don't have to follow experts to know what's good for our kids. Just follow our heads, hearts, and instincts.
I'm not abandoning this book because it's bad. I just think it's not going to tell me anything I don't already really know. I can sense where it's going and I'd rather spend my time reading something else.
This book is great--especially for people like me who do think too much. Hooray for a return to instinct and common sense.
Jul 20, 2007 Tracy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: overwrought parents
Stop pouring over the age/development charts and the articles in "Parents" magazine and start enjoying your children!
Andrea Mason
My favorite "parenting" book, ever. Should be a pre-requisite to procreating!
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