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Urban Baby weighed in today with a great review of A Nation of Wimps. After running some items from the Wimps Checklist, this is what UB had to say:

"Wake up!" says author Hara Estroff Marano, editor-at-large at Psychology Today and mother of two. Her compelling new book, A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting, investigates how helicopter parenting has hit the mainstream - with adverse effects. (By now everyone has heard stories of parents who go on job interviews with their twenty-something offspring - then call HR to negotiate a raise.)

After delving into the what and how of the issue (parental over-involvement, even with the best intentions, hinders a child's development, socially and emotionally), Marano offers guidance on how to be supportive without being overprotective - and how to prepare kids for the real world.

Don't wimp out.

Available online at amazon.com.


Dear Ms. Marano,

Your book looks extremely compelling! As a university professor I can attest that you have put your finger on a huge problem!

Best regards,

Alex Chediak

Your book is great! This could act as a wake-up call to parents. I am a teacher of six years. This year, I gave a student punishwork, where he had to write an essay about kindness after he mocked a student who was receiving punishwork for a seperate event. I felt this was fair. The next day his mother called me to tell me that it wasn't a big deal and that had lost control of my classroom. She said that I "had no classroom management skills if I could not handle this situation." I was amazed. I thought the situation was handled. You make fun of someone being punished, you receive the same punishment. I'm not sure how she would have handled the situation. If I could go back I would have asked her.

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