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The Madness of Modern Families Hardcover – 5 Oct 2006


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd (5 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340923415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340923412
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.6 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,136,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Annie Ashworth and Meg Sanders are they authors of the bestselling Goodbye, Jimmy Choo. They have written several non-fiction books together, including the bestselling Trade Secrets and Trade Secrets, Parenting. With five children between them, they are highly-qualified to tip-toe through the minefield that is twenty-first century parenting.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Victoria M. Willemse on 20 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
Written in a journalistic style, this book's thesis is that "modern" parents act more and more weirdly in their parenting styles (than perhaps parents in former years did).

The parents concerned appear to be people living on above average earnings, who have allowed themselves to be so swayed by others' opinions that they cannot bring up their own children in confidence: allowing themselves to be swayed by pester power (approval by children) and allowing themselves to be cowed by the opinions of other parents (lots of keep-up-with-the Joneses going on here).

There seems to be the universal message that "oh, if only they would spend some *time* with their children, rather than foisting on the poor children all these after-school clubs and societies, activities and extra classes" and an implicit message that no matter how hard a parent tries, they can never match up - either to the expectations of their peers, or, sadly to the expectations of their own parents.

Whilst there is much to find entertaining, and so much that can be (hopefully) attributed to hyperbole, the book reads too much like an extended opinion piece from a magazine: as a result, it's a book that will probably sit on my bookshelf and remain un(re)read for quite some time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. Sachdev on 20 May 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most entertaining books I've ever read on the topic of parenting. I recognised myself in some of the scenarios in the book and it also gave great insight into what teachers think of mad modern parents.

If you enjoyed the series on BBC, then this book is definately worth a read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Corky the Cat on 11 Feb. 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you are already a stressed parent and want to read lots of anecdotes from other stressed parents (bemoaning peer pressure from other parents to spend money they don't have in order to create a "perfect" child", then you will probably enjoy this book enormously. The authors have successfully (and often very amusingly) documented the sort of bizarre competitive behaviour modern parents are driven to. However, the book is very short on analysis ie: what changes have happened in society in the last 20-odd years that have made us so acquisitive and materialistic and why don't we parent ("Is that a verb?" to quote one mother interviewed in the book) in the same way as our own parents did?

If you actually want a bit more social context to the problem and practical strategies in child-rearing, I recommend "Toxic Childhood" by Sue Palmer.
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eye-opener 15 Feb. 2007
By Banu Tasci Fresko - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought I was the best mother around, and I was doing the best for my daughter- till I read this very very enlightening book. We all make mistakes (unfortunately), and somone has to show our mistakes.It also helps to understand the ambitious parents around us!
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