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

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Penguin, Aug 1, 2006 - Family & Relationships - 256 pages
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Syndicated columnist and mother of four Betsy Hart presents a passionate, provocative argument against today's "parenting culture"-parents who put their kids on a pedestal, shy away from discipline, and cede the power to take decisions, large and small, to their children. Covering hot topics, from spanking and discipline to giving kids way too many choices, this commonsense book shifts the focus back to the role and responsibilities of parents for guiding the character and hearts of their children, so they'll grow up to be responsible adults themselves.

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Title Page Copyright Page Dedication Acknowledgements Introduction
Mission Possible
Im on Your Side Whats a Parent for Anyway? Chapter 4 Its All About MeNot Chapter 5 Our Children Our Idols Chapter 6 The SelfDelusion of Sel...
Misbehavior and Other Matters of the Heart Chapter 8 When Did No Become a Dirty Word?
Who Chose to Give Kids So Many Choices? Chapter 10 Feelings Woohoh Feelings
The Culture Can Be Cool Chapter 12 To Spank or Not to Spank and Why Its Not Really the Right
Challenge the Experts for the Sake of Your Child
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Betsy Hart is a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for the Scripps Howard News Service. Her weekly column on cultural, family, and political issues, "From the Hart," is distributed to 350 newspapers across the country. A frequent television news commentator, she lives in the Chicago area with her four young children.

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