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Taking Back Childhood: A Proven Road Map for Raising Confident, Creative, Compassionate Kids Paperback – 24 Feb 2009

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  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Plume Books; Reprint edition (24 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452290090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452290099
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 578,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Read Nancy Carlsson-Paige's posts on the Penguin Blog Based on early-childhood development exper....

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I read about this title from the Mighty Girl blog. I have learned so much from it about conflict resolution, different levels of understanding in early childhood development, and the need to take intervention and support to the appropriate childhood stage. Although I have been in the education profession for many years and have many qualifications, Nancy Carlsson-Page's anecdotal, evidential approach is refreshing and real, I could not recommend this book more to educators, parents and caregivers enough.
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HASH(0x8ebbc618) out of 5 stars The Journey of Childhood 16 Nov. 2008
By Cynthia L. Mapes - Published on Amazon.com
As a parent and former teacher, I was drawn to Nancy Carlsson-Paige's new book because I have been familiar with her groundbreaking work on young children's war play, "The War Play Dilemma" and know that she has been working, quietly and not so quietly, to effect change in the way we raise our children in this culture. She is a strong advocate for the kind of childhood I have been trying to provide for my own children, but I find it increasingly difficult to find kindred spirits who limit "screen time" and allow for plenty of "down time" for their kids. Nancy's book gives me hope that we can rescue creative play and advocate for its importance to healthy development, build closer connections to our children, help them develop the kind of empathy the world needs, and teach them to "talk back to consumerism." Most of all, it helps me feel that it's not just me against the corporations--that we parents can support each other as we try to hang on to childhood for our children--and it reminds us that childhood is not a race, but a journey....Every parent, grandparent, caregiver, and teacher needs a copy of this book!
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HASH(0x8f3acb58) out of 5 stars Great, thought-provoking book! Easy read. 29 April 2009
By Sherry - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent book. Well written, easy read... and gives very clear, specific suggestions for handling children's behavior. I highly recommend it for parents or anyone else working with children!
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HASH(0x8fa6dc08) out of 5 stars An Empowering Resource for Teachers and Parents 22 Nov. 2008
By Cedar - Published on Amazon.com
As a college instructor and early childhood educator, I have witnessed the frustration experienced by well-intended adults who wish to protect children from media violence, commercialism, accelerated academic curriculum and other threats to a healthy childhood. As a grandmother, I have been looking for an empowering resource for my daughter as she struggles to raise her 10-year old twins. Nancy Carlsson-Paige's book comes just when parents and teachers need it the most! Through real-life stories and professional expertise, the author offers encouragement and insightful guidance for those of us who feel overwhelmed by the challenges of raising children in this complex, sometimes harmful world of ours. My early childhood education students appreciate the accessible way that the author includes child development theory in her writing so that parents and teachers can make informed decisions about how to reclaim what is crucial to childrens' healthy development - creative play, a sense of security and competence, and positive relationships with both adults and other children. I can't think of a better gift for parents and teachers who value and respect childhood.
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HASH(0x8f5e3768) out of 5 stars `Paige' Against the Machine...a child's survival guide 19 May 2008
By SMurph - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Carlsson-Paige's "Taking Back Childhood" is a profoundly affecting and gripping read. Reading this eye-and heart-opening book should be mandated for all parents and caregivers of children 0 - 10. Short of that, I highly recommend this compassionate and sensitive tome for anyone hoping to see the world through a child's eyes. Children are not creatures of logic and thus parents and caregivers need the insights presented here in order to assure our children of the (relatively simple and readily available) tools they need to flourish as upstanding human beings.

If we don't like the changes we see in the world it is incumbent upon us as adults to institute the changes we want to see. There's no time like the present and no better place to start than with our "greatest natural resource": our babies and children. Dr. Carlsson-Paige gives us the tools to do just that with her straightforward advice and real-life examples. This may be more than just a good read; it could be a wake-up call and godsend for humanity. Bravo!
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HASH(0x8ebbcaa4) out of 5 stars Full of practical advice 29 Dec. 2008
By Greenbyoo - Published on Amazon.com
Chances are, if you are considering reading this book, you are already concerned about the negative impact that our consumer culture is having on children. Nancy Carlsson-Paige will add fuel to your concern, but she also offers plenty of practical advice that anyone can follow. You don't have to be an educator to read this book and you don't need any special training to do the things she suggests! There are real-life examples on almost every page, followed by practical suggestions and sample conversations that you can easily have with the children in your life. The appendix has excellent resources for those who want to learn more, or take action against harmful media messages--and believe me, you will want to become an activist after reading this book!
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