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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read for Students and parents, 31 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Reclaiming Childhood (Paperback)
This book is a breath of fresh air. Helene Guldberg deals with a lot of assumptions made today about children by actually looking at the facts and indicating that the issues are not as simple as commentators put it. For example, her writing on the statistics and points made in the Unicef report upon which a lot of policy is being made today makes one realise that there needs to be more discussion before acceptance of that policy. It may not be as simple as UK children being at the bottom of the table for well-being. She also argues very well that "junk food" is a morally loaded term rather than a scientific understanding of good or bad food.

As Guldberg indicates there needs to be more discussion rather than just face value acceptance of issues facing children and parents. Guldberg is the first writer I have come across for a while who reminds us that there is a history where childhood did not exist at all and that children are a lot more robust that we give them credit for today. She also shows through her useful comparison of children's lives in Norway to the UK that we as parents do not have to accept that risks whether old or new should close down children's freedom. More importantly she argues effectively that children need to take on risks, solve a lot of their own problems and make their own mistakes in order to grow up as robust adults. We as adults need to give them the space to do that.

I cannot recommend this book enough. Hopefully it will start a much needed debate.
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