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The Spoilt Generation: Why Restoring Authority Will Make Our Children and Society Happier [Paperback]

Dr Aric Sigman
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Book Description

1 Oct 2009
In the space of a few decades the way we parent has changed dramatically. Something we once did intuitively has become the subject of political fashion, guided by experts. As parents we are older and more time-poor than ever before, with the highest proportion of single-parent households in history. Our children are now spoiled in ways that go far beyond materialism. But they are suffering to a degree we never anticipated: we now have the highest rates of child depression, underage pregnancy and violent and anti-social behaviour since records began. Yet adults, at every level, have retreated from authority and in doing so have robbed our children of their basic supporting structures. In this book, Dr Sigman takes issues by the scruff of the neck, among them children's sense of entitlement, the effects of TV and computers, single-parent homes and 'blended' families, parental guilt and the compensation culture. He offers a clear practical message to us all - parents, grandparents, teachers and policy-makers alike - as to how we can redress the status quo, redefine our roles and together cultivate happier and better-behaved children.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749941480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749941482
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 336,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An explosive new book... Sigman specialises in uncomfortable truths... (The Sunday Times)

a polemical new parenting book that has caused a stir in Britain (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, January 2010)

The Spoilt Generation is refreshing for its unashamed promotion of old-fashioned parenting. 8/10 (INTHENEWS.CO.UK)

An intriguing read for all parents (MATERNITY AND INFANT)

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A fascinating read, part polemic, part practical, that questions why our authority as parents has been emasculated. It offers much-needed ideas, answers and direction for parents and all those involved in bringing up the next generation.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars jumbled but an important message 26 Sep 2009
It took me a while to navigate through the opening, I wasn't entirely sure of the premise. Presumably the title 'spoiled' is designed to entice then Dail Heil readers who will enjoy a book that moans about spoiled kids, but Dr Sigman doesn't mean that kind of spoiled. It's about neglected kids being spoiled to make up for bad parenting, I think. Having said that, once I'd got into it I found a lot of common sense. He'll get hammered for saying mothers belong at home though. I heard him on the radio once explaining how childcare for the under threes is damaging to them. The interviewer pointed out this statement was unfair to hard working parents and he exploded, 'but the purpose of this study is about what's good for children, not sating the guilt of absent parents!' or words to that effect. I like him and I liked this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Parents in the driving seat 23 Dec 2009
This book is a great read and puts parents back to were they belong: in the driving seat. Lots of interesting facts and observations about modern parenting and how it is potentially damaging the next generation. If you only have time to read one parenting book, make sure it is this one. Very enlightening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Spoilt Generation 7 Feb 2010
Excellent book - well worth a read; as a parent or educator. Well written, tackled with some humour, sound theory and well researched.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Libby F
It has helped me to understand very fundamental questions on today's view of 'Good parenting' in this age of a politically correct world and discipline of our children. Guidance and boundaries,and a clear role- model as parents is what I wanted. I found this in the book.Enlightening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally someone brave enough to tell the truth 11 July 2010
By Urs
I'm so glad someone finally had the courage to tell the truth about parenting. He's not afraid to say that absent and permissive parents, alcohol and too much tv are bad for our children. It's such a shame that many politically correct people will have a go at him.
As a woman I agree that the government should stop giving all the incentives for mothers to leave their children with someone else and give instead a real choice (in terms of status and money) if they want to go back to work or give their career a break while they raise their babies themselves.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Useful Corrective 14 Jan 2010
Sigman's thesis is not a "politically correct" one & he clearly enjoys being provocative. He likes to rattle cages & there is plenty of cage-rattling in this book. That is both the strength & a minor weakness of it. He makes much of "speaking for the child", for the good of the child, but his statements about the role of fathers in particular bulges with a personalised & nervy animus.

The book's research-base too is a little uneven, some thorough & well-founded & some tenuously stretched. His rhetorical style drives the writing forward, though with some rapid shifts from authoritative psychologist to opinionated columnist. Nonetheless, his message is an important one that goes some way to redressing a few of the social-legal habits & mores that leave many of our children today adrift & lacking orientation in their path towards adulthood. In that sense "The Spoilt Generation" is a useful corrective, especially for those who counter every concern about children today with a tired, all-embracing, "It was ever thus". It wasn't, it isn't Aric Sigman provides plenty of food for thought, but you may find it best to leave some scrapings for the compost heap.
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