It's OK to Go Up the Slide: Renegade Rules for Raising Confident and Creative Kids

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Penguin, Mar 8, 2016 - Family & Relationships - 272 pages
When it comes to parenting, sometimes you have to trust your gut.

With her first book, It’s OK Not to Share, Heather Shumaker overturned all the conventional rules of parenting with her “renegade rules” for raising competent and compassionate kids. In It’s Ok To Go Up the Slide, Shumaker takes on new hot-button issues with renegade rules such as:
 
- Recess Is A Right
- It’s Ok Not To Kiss Grandma
- Ban Homework in Elementary School
- Safety Second
- Don’t Force Participation
 
Shumaker also offers broader guidance on how parents can control their own fears and move from an overscheduled life to one of more free play. Parenting can too often be reduced to shuttling kids between enrichment classes, but Shumaker challenges parents to reevaluate how they’re spending their precious family time. This book helps parents help their kids develop important life skills in an age-appropriate way. Most important, parents must model these skills, whether it’s technology use, confronting conflict, or coping emotionally with setbacks. Sometimes being a good parent means breaking all the rules.
 

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User Review  - Daniel.Estes - LibraryThing

Brilliant book, and one that's sure to raise eyebrows from overprotective parents. Heather Shumaker isn't advocating for parental anarchy, no, she's simply making the case to allow kids to have more ... Read full review

It's Ok to Go Up the Slide: Renegade Rules for Raising Confident and Creative Kids

User Review  - Publishers Weekly

Journalist Shumaker takes up where she left off with It’s OK Not to Share, this time addressing “tricky topics” relating to school-age kids. Shumaker advocates taking a close look at the expectations ... Read full review

Contents

TITLE PAGE
Navigating Technology
Childrens Rights at School
More Rights at School
Sorrow Empathy and Disaster
Mean Words and Princess Power
Renegade Rules in the Real World
APPENDIX
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Copyright

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About the author (2016)

Heather Shumaker is a national speaker on parenting and early childhood topics, and is the author of It's OK Not to Share. An advocate for free, unstructured play in homes and schools, she lives in northern Michigan with her family.

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