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Publisher's Summary

Somehow, deeply conservative assumptions about how children behave and how parents raise them have become the conventional wisdom in our society. It's widely assumed that parents are both permissive and overprotective, unable to set limits and afraid to let their kids fail. We're told that young people receive trophies, praise, and A's too easily, and suffer from inflated self-esteem and insufficient self-discipline. However, complaints about pushover parents and entitled kids are actually decades old and driven, it turns out, by ideology more than evidence.
With the same lively, contrarian style of Alfie Kohn's best-selling books about rewards, competition, and traditional education, The Myth of the Spoiled Child systematically debunks the story that we hear with numbing regularity. Kohn uses humor, logic, and his familiarity with a vast range of social science data to challenge media-stoked fears of spoiling our children. He reveals that the major threat to healthy child development isn't parents who are too indulgent but those who are too controlling.
©2014 Alfie Kohn (P)2014 Tantor
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4 out of 5 stars
By Philip Mayer on 06-27-16

Good info, too wordy

author has good stuff to share, however much could be summarized. he has a tendency to drive his point a little too far home

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ben on 05-12-15

good theories, no tangible or practical ideas.

This has a lot of good ideas in it, address is a lot of the things that I remember struggling with this a child, & a lot of things I see many children struggling with. It challenges much of the conventional, unquestioned wisdom that we see spouted all around. Unfortunately the ideas seemed primarily workable with adolescent or older children, and no advice about how any of these ideas can be implemented are provided. Therefore it is not a book on parenting, but rather a book addressing a social philosophy.

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