Jake's Reviews > Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear
Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear
Apr 12, 2018
Read 2 times. Last read April 8, 2018 to April 12, 2018.
I got a free copy of this one from a goodreads giveaway. As a parent of three elementary school children whose parenting style has gone from helicopter (not necessarily by my choice, being a dad) to free-range over the last nine years, this book resonated. The author tells her story of being a do-everything-and-be-constantly-stressed-out mom who once left her child in a car for a few minutes while running an errand and was filmed by a "good Samaritan" and turned in to the cops and subsequently made a criminal (this is not a spoiler-you'll find out in the first paragraph). This forced her to think about 21st century American style parenting in which children are protected from everything as parents live in a constant state of fear; of injury, kidnapping, lack of opportunity if each child is not enrolled in every bankrupting summer and after school program, and maybe most importantly is the fear of the judgment of other parents when you tell them you let the kids walk around the neighborhood or go to the park by themselves. This is a timely book for parents who love their children so much that they will protect them from everything including the ability to be a functional adult. This dad liked the book a lot, but I think moms will like it much more since they are generally harder on themselves.
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