It Takes A Parent Hardcover – Aug 23 2005
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My twin stepdaughters want everything that they see on TV and in magazines, even hear ads on the radio. Even though their natural mom runs to the mall to get them everything possible "BEFORE ANYONE ELSE DOES," their dad and I do not play this game. It is a terrible struggle, especially when we know that there are other parents and step-parents who want to go along with us but choose not to due to looking like a bad person.
There are only a handful of us in their school who do not play by the rules and pressures of today's society and we are constantly being shot down and talked about. It would be much easier to just go with the flow.
I am very happy that Mrs.Hart, a syndicated columnist, has taken a stand on this matter and hope that each and every parent will give it up and read the book.
It will surely get much negative exposure, "How dare someone question the rules of the IN CROWD, and tell parents to act and become the PARENT..."
It's very brave of her to do so...as well as another syndicated family columnist, Jodie Lynn. In her book, Mommy-CEO, she says similar things and offers similar "how to" alternatives for parents to be THE PARENTS. Both books are well qualified to be in every household across the GLOBE and should become a tool in each house.
For the sake of all children, please buy both books and share them with everyone. If we are to save our children and ourselves, listen to these two authors who know what they see and hear each day from parents and teachers themselves.
BRAVO to these two women who are brave enough to come out of the MEDIA world and tell it like it really is!
As other reviewers have noted Ms. Hart builds up straw man arguments that she then proceeds to knock down. This frequently takes the form of 'here is what pushover parents are doing' and here is what it makes sense to do. This approach however is what really appeals to her niche audience and if you can excuse her the format of the argument, there is frequently something worth pondering in her message.
Three Stars. Others found it an excellent read, but I found it overly wordy. I think the same advice could have been put in half the space. That said, "It Takes a Parent" is worth reading, although one might want to wait for the paperback (or library). [Not a book one is likely to read over and over--pass it along to friends and family.]
Since the "Search inside this book" feature does not have the second page of contents I have listed them below.
8 - When did "No" Become a Dirty Word?
9 - Wo Chose to Give Kids So Many Choices?
10 - Feelings, Wo-oh-oh Feelings
11-Led Zeppeline and the culture Wars: The culture Can Be Cool
12-To Spank or Not to Spank (and Why It's Not Really the Right Question, Anyway)
13-Challenge the Experts for the Sake of Your Child