Under Pressure

Under Pressure : Rescuing Our Children From The Culture Of Hyper-Parenting

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The parent screaming from the touchline at an eight-year-old to make an overlapping run; the pregnant mother playing Mozart to her unborn baby; the rigid schedule for babies, which develops into an agenda of activities for a young child - all these are familiar instances of hyper-parenting. With the pressure growing all the time for children to get into the best schools and universities, or to develop their nascent talents and become the next Tiger Woods or Williams sister, it has never been more difficult to be a child. In Carl Honore's brilliant follow-up to In Praise of Slow he makes an impassioned call for parents and teachers to allow children to grow up at a slower rate. He takes us on a journey round the world in search of a new formula for parenting and childhood. He talks to a range of experts and sifts the latest research to find what problems parents, teachers and children face, and to seek out the best solutions. Honore shows how 'slow parenting' will benefit both the child and the parents, and ensure that we create happier children and calmer parents.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 160 x 240 x 28mm | 589g
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752875310
  • 9780752875316
  • 901,697

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'The book is at its best when it tackles different approaches to child rearing and education and confronts the reality of the ever more sophisticated methods used by the corporate sector to target under-age consumers' -- Fiona Millar THE GUARDIAN 'A fascinating take on a subject that involves us all and makes truly though-provoking reading' GOOD BOOK GUIDE 'Enjoyable and thought-provoking book' CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE NOW 'Carl Honore examines child-rearing attitudes and actions across the globe, sifting through motivations, behaviours and consequences of modern parenting methods, seeking a way forward to a new dawn when we can encourage our children to slow down, develop at their own pace and just act their age' DAILY RECORD
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About Carl Honore

Carl Honore was born in Edinburgh in 1967 and raised in Canada, and is a freelance journalist based in London. He has written for the Economist, Observer, National Post and the Houston Chronicle. His first book, In Praise of Slow, was a Sunday Times bestseller and sold around the world.
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344 ratings
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4 40% (139)
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2 7% (25)
1 1% (5)

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"If you have been under the impression that you are a bad parent, or that you are not doing enough to make your child succeed, pick this book of. The author has also written the book In Praise of Slow, and tries to make the case that more and faster is not always better for your child. He tries showing alternative ways from around the world, that still gets your child through to adulthood, but without the stress and micro-management.Rousseau once said: "Nature decrees that children should be children before they become adults. If we try to alter this natural order, we will reach adulthood prematurely but with neither substance nor strength." That sums this book and it's aim up perfectly."show more
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