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Drop the Worry Ball: How to Parent in the Age of Entitlement

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  13 reviews
How to avoid being a helicopter parent--and raise well adjusted, truly independent childrenIn an age of entitlement, where most kids think they deserve the best of everything, most parents are afraid of failing their children. Not only are they all too willing to provide every material comfort, they've also become overly involved in their children's lives, becoming meddles ...more
Paperback, 247 pages
Published May 14th 2012 by John Wiley & Sons (first published April 2nd 2012)
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Donna Parker
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. About common sense, reality, and practicality - wow, things you don't find a lot these days. I can think of quite a few people that should not only read this book, but memorize it, breathe it, sleep with it under their pillow and for goodness sake, implement some of the ideas. I know it really made me think...They should hand one of these out whenever someone has a baby.
Caitlin Lieder
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was not only an easy read and highly practical, it opened my eyes to things I do with my children that are not helpful and not helping them become strong adults. I would recommend this book to every single parent. It is for parents of children of all ages and Dr. Russell does a great job of explaining ideas and ways that we need a bit of a more hands-off approach with our kids. My husband and I had lots of conversations as a result of this book, and we don't agree with everything he's ...more
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Helpful parenting advice woven through family cases observed by a Toronto psychologist. The tactful and gradual presentation might allow helicopter parents to reflect a bit on their attitudes and behaviours to consider stepping back to allow their children space to begin worrying (i.e. being responsible) for themselves.
Diane Bonk
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. A very easy read with a common sense approach to parenting.
Michael A Aharon
Aug 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Good book, read it front to back a few times as a preparation for my children’s therapeutic sessions with the author. He is a good speaker, a decent writer, unfortunately a sub par, ineffective therapist when it comes to certain difficult situations that some parents may encounter in their lives. One such situations is separation and divorce that can leave quite a havoc in children’s lives when parents are unable to put their conflicts aside. The author has no significant background or training ...more
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book and I think that for me, the timing was great. I try not to read too many parenting books, as it becomes overwhelming, but this one was recommended by a VP, and I can see why. My kids are at the perfect age for me to start stepping back, and to give them more responsibility over their own lives, especially for my older child at school. This book has some great examples and some great advice and I will definitely choose to implement some of it. I like how a distinction wa ...more
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I heard the author speak earlier this year. The talk was excellent and many of the same things are covered in his book. It is perhaps geared more for parents of teens. It helped remind me of how important it is for me to allow my kids to fail sometimes and suffer the natural consequences of their mistakes. Easier said than done. Just last week one of my kids wasn't home from an outing with a friend on time and we needed to leave to go to a party. I wanted to drive around and look for her (she wa ...more
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
The author is Canadian, which makes some of the commentary relevant to our situation.
There is a lot of the main analogy used in the book, as well as some good examples of families the author has worked with.
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Useful as a parent and a teacher. I love that Russell doesn't give specific how-tos but rather articulates a philosophy. In fact, I felt like I was getting confirmation of lots of ideas that I've had trouble pulling together. I've already passed this book on!
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A must read for parents in the Age of Entitlement.
If you love your kids- read it. Great suggestions and concepts to consider.
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very eye-opening book, and I feel I came aware with some valuable information and insight (even though it didn't all feel comfortable for me.)
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Great book for parents and useful as an educator.
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