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It Takes a Parent: How the Culture of Pushover Parenting Is Hurting Our Kids--and What to Do About It

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A nationally syndicated columnist and conservative commentator examines the harmful effects of today's "parenting culture."

Tyrannized by "experts." Obsessed with perfection. Harried and anxious to the point of misery. Columnist and commentator Betsy Hart sees these traits in what she calls today's "parenting culture"-that is, a nation of parents who refrain from making m
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 18th 2005 by Putnam Adult
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Jan 06, 2009 CMLiffengren rated it really liked it
This book is really about common sense parenting. With so much parenting advice out there author Betsy Hart strongly asserts that parents have forgotten how to follow their instincts. Parents are so afraid of making any mistakes with their children that they end up succumbing to the culture of "pushover parenting". Although she stresses that parents follow their instincts the more important message is that parents should be on a rescue mission for their children's hearts. In other words, parents ...more
Jan 19, 2009 katie rated it it was amazing
one of the best parenting books i've read
Sep 10, 2009 Marci rated it it was ok
The first part of the book, the author was bashing all of the parental advice books out there. I got a little annoyed by it and felt guilty for following some of that advice. While I didnt find the book overly insightful, it did help me think about parenting in a different way. I especially like the quote: My goal is to help my children get to heaven not Harvard. She says Harvard is a worthy goal, but is not her ultimate goal. Helped me do a little paradigm shift in my own mind. She also helped ...more
Hoviedo Oviedo
Sep 26, 2013 Hoviedo Oviedo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es un libro que es de lectura obligada para todos los padres de familia, principalmente para aquellos que creemos que tenemos un niño especial, ya sea en el sentido de superdotado como en el sentido de que tiene alguna dificultad que le impida desenvolverse apropiadamente. Es un libro que nos ayudará a cuestionar a los "expertos" en psicología y educación infantil y nos dará el poder como padres para poder decidir lo que es mejor para nuestros hijos.
Hector Maldonado Maldonado
Mar 13, 2016 Hector Maldonado Maldonado rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Por su enfoque personal, con cuatro hijos de experiencia, me ha gustado mucho. Le da sentido a muchas ideas.
Maru Gómez
Oct 16, 2015 Maru Gómez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La conducta de los pequeños refleja lo que hay en sus corazones. La mayor tarea de los papás es recuperar ese corazón, o mejor dicho, no perder de vista el corazón de los hijos. Si solo tratamos el comportamiento y no el corazón ¿Qué aprenden los niños?

El mundo no quiere a nuestros hijos como nosotros, por ello debemos ayudarlos a rescatarse de la manera de pensar del mundo entero con reglas y excepciones que hay en casa. Quizá los corazones de los hijos no son puestos a prueba constantemente, p
Michelle Llewellyn
Reading this latest article by the author
I decided to check out the parenting book she wrote. I'd read this before and forgotten all about it. Written just after her divorce, I admire her courage to stick up for traditional Christian values such as abstinence before marriage and always having your child's best interest at heart meaning parents should be more concerned about the state of the child's heart not their own egos. I also loved that she was const
Jun 15, 2009 Michelle rated it liked it
The author has a lot of great points in this book against pushoever parenting. I didn't agree with everything she said, but I especially enjoyed how she focused on a religious aspect of parenting and what we are really trying to accomplish as parents. While reading a different parenting book about teaching children to problem solve, I had thought that they also needed to teach the example child right from wrong, because he was coming up with lots of different solutions to his problem as part of ...more
Michelle Cynthia
Mar 02, 2015 Michelle Cynthia rated it really liked it
This book was written in 2005, but the ideas are still relevant. Most of the book challenges the advice of modern parenting experts as being overly sensitive towards kids and treating children's feelings too delicately. The main message is for parents to follow their instincts and to have the confidence to pick and choose what to take away from parenting experts. We shouldn't live in fear of scarring our children for life if we don't cater to all of their whims and treat them like delicate flowe ...more
Mar 18, 2012 Brooke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hart has a firecracker personality and writing style that can truly inspire. If you're looking for a parenting book that has more bite and soul than the Love and Logic books (but which has several commonalities, however subtle), then read this book. Do be prepared for the author's bold criticism of mainstream parenting culture, though she criticizes her parenting journey plenty, too. It's surely meant to catch your attention and make you feel uncomfortable, but it's also meant to comfort, encour ...more
Apr 29, 2008 Kathy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All parents and teachers
It's all about limits and being willing to enforce those limits. So many parents want their children to have the biggest and best of all things and all experiences. But this book challenges parents to be the parents, not the best friends of their child and the provider of all their wants. My heart sits well with this advice.
Marika Gillis
Feb 03, 2016 Marika Gillis rated it really liked it
I agreed with much of what I read in this helpful parenting manual. I think there were a lot of stories and anecdotes that reaffirmed my own feelings about parenting. Reminds me that I should read more parenting books and spend more time considering the advice and mindfully using it.
Nov 24, 2010 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the common sense logic to her take on parenting. And how we need to question the so called experts when it comes to raising our kids, even questioning her expertise! It made me feel empowered to raise my children the way I think I need to, with love and with authority.
Mar 11, 2011 Erika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
finally some no-nonsense ideas on parenting! Not everyone will agree with the author, but so many of her ideas hit just right for me. Her thoughts on parenting are really liberating. I am now on a mission for my children's hearts!!
Mar 26, 2011 Danita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It Takes a Parent: How the Culture of Pushover Parenting is Hurting Our Kids--and What to Do About It. "Question the Experts, Trust Your Instincts, and Dare to Parent--in a Culture That Tells You Not To" Excellent book!

Apr 07, 2008 Lisa rated it really liked it
I am not one for reading a lot of parenting books and that's why I liked this book. It is a bit repetetive.
Jan 24, 2010 Sarah rated it it was ok
a little too conservative for my tastes.
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