Adult Nonfiction HQ769 .H7178 2010
Summary: In the Idle Parent, Tom Hodgkinson presents a revolutionary yet highly practical approach to child care: Leave them alone. Many parents today spend a whole lot of time worrying and wondering-frantically "helicoptering" over their children with the hope that this might somehow keep (or make?) them flawless. But where is this approach to child care getting us? According to Tom Hodgkinson, in our quest to give our kids everything, we fail to give them the two things they need most: the space and time to grow up self-reliant, confident, happy, and free. In this smart and hilarious book, he urges us to stop worrying and instead start nurturing the natural instincts toward creativity and independence that are found in every child. And the great irony is that, in doing so, we become better (and happier!) parents. Book jacket.
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