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Detoxing Childhood: What Parents Need to Know to Raise Happy, Successful Children Paperback – 16 Aug 2007


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (16 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752890107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752890104
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 618,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sue Palmer has written over two hundred books, articles and TV programmes for the education market, including How to Teach Writing Across the Curriculum and Speaking Frames (David Fulton). She's been involved in many campaigns around education, outdoor play, screen-based entertainment and the commercialisation of childhood. The Evening Standard listed her among the twenty most influential people in British education in 2009.

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Offers a detox workout to change family life for the better. (JUNIOR)

As Sue Palmer eloquently pointed out, formal schooling should start later and we should legislate against advertising directed at children and foster exercise as an alternative to the obesity-inducing, passive consumption of television and computer games. (Oliver James TES)

an invaluable resource for all those working with children, with groups of parents in any situation and for community leaders. sue Palmer sees 'parent power' as the hope for childhood's future and this book could be one catalyst to activate that power (HOME AND FAMILY)

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How parents can keep their children healthy and happy in the modern environment, despite the pressures of a toxic world

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. F. Jones on 4 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
In this book Sue Palmer opens up a long denied but disturbing window on childhood in today's Britain. Her major point is that 21st century technology, very beneficial to adults, has created an immensely hostile environment for children.

Her three areas of concern are:

q increasingly aggressive marketing to children
q the effects of the visual media on children's brains
q the abuse of electronic communications

As a retired headteacher she uses her experience and extensive research (see her best seller `Toxic Childhood') together in a reality picture but, most importantly, suggests how change can be put into place.

This very accessible book gives its support for warm, authoritative parenting as well as revealing the `junk food jungle' that leads to toxic eating habits.

As Sue Palmer says at the beginning of the book, "parental love is the greatest force on the planet. When parents know what's good for their children and what does them harm, they will act."
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I read Sue Palmer's book with great interest. Being perplexed by my 5 year old nephew's view of the world and having my own concerns about how the vast changes in technology are affecting the world we live in this book really helped me to understand that it wasn't a personal issue but a large scale social problem.

The book is broken down into easy to digest sections. She provides guidance by age group also. Some people may say it's common sense, yet, as her face to face meetings reinforce, it is hard for parents to strike a balance between using technology and being consumed by it.

The basic premise is a need to go back to the more traditional family life and move away from the divisions caused my modern communications and entertainment (email, im, video games, tv) etc. She highlights a need to focus more on what's important and less on the consumerism that has gripped us all. Her tone is more pleading than patronising and she helps justify why parents may have fallen into various traps. Most importantly is her proposed solution and I love the idea of moving from parent competitiveness to parent collaboration. It would be amazing if even small changes could happen as a result of this.

I haven't read her more academic title Toxic Childhood and I'm glad that she has produced a more digestible, readable version for parents. It proves that she has spent the time reviewing and researching her thesis and not simply standing on a soapbox with no grounding for her argument.

If I was to find fault in her approach, when I read the section on the rise of learning difficulties in children and her attributing them to the growth in children watching too much tv, I did raise an eyebrow.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Harris on 24 May 2011
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After reading Toxic Childhood I found this book very positive and constructive. Sue Palmer's ideas are very helpful. She explains step by step ways to change difficult behaviour in children, most of all it puts the control back into the hands of parents. Her ideas are not an easy option, but frankly I think they are crucial to todays parents trying to bring up responsible and happy children. Well done to Sue Palmer for Toxic Childhood and Detoxing Childhood!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Roberts on 30 Mar. 2014
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I recommend this book to any parent, who has any concern for the impact that society may be having on their child. All children need love, and your time and attention to become balanced happy individuals; this book supports a collective approach as to how that can be achieved.

Of course by buying the book, you have taken a very positive step in initiating positive change.
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By JDM on 11 Nov. 2014
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Absolutely appalled by the following statement in the book suggesting that parents are responsible for the actions of peadophiles:
"I always wonder whether the mothers who buy sexy clothing for their pre teenage daughters...are the same mothers who protest stridently about peadophiles...and whether they ever make the rather obvious.connection."

Disgusting remark by the author, who some how thinks that the victims of sexual crimes are in part to blame.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Lennox on 10 Sept. 2008
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I purchased this book last year after attending a seminar hosted by Sue Palmer in Belfast. Fantastic! Toxic Childhood awakened me to the changes all responsible people should embrace - to make our messy society more child friendly. Innocence needs preserving.
This title, her second book on this theme, gives everyone involved with the nurturing of young minds and bodies some fool proof steps to get rid of the modern day rubbish stealing the joy (and healthiness)from our children. A must for parents and teachers.
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