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Detoxing Childhood: What Parents Need to Know to Raise Happy, Successful Children Paperback – 16 Aug 2007
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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)
How parents can keep their children healthy and happy in the modern environment, despite the pressures of a toxic worldSee all Product description
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"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.
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."
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. Nobody has a definitive answer on why autism, dyslexia or ADHD exist and numerous factors are likely to be at play. This shouldn't detract from the very important message of the book. For our young people to grow up, confident, happy and to thrive they need to feel secure, independent, experience 'real life' activities and to be able to work alongside each other to create a society that includes everyone.
Finally, the section on marketing was shocking. The techniques used to influence young children to ensure they buy x product or support y brand are highly unethical. Her call to ban advertising to under 12's seems entirely just.
It's a wake up call to parents but if headed could make all the diffence to not only your child but the community that they live in too.
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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