Taking Back Childhood Helping Your Kids Thrive in a Fast-Paced, Media-Saturated, Violence-Filled World

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-03-27
  • Publisher: Hudson Street Press
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An innovative road map to help parents bring creative play, quality relationships, and a sense of confidence and personal safety back into their kids’ lives One only need turn on the TV, stroll the aisles of any toy store, or visit any American elementary school to witness the formidable social trends that, over the past few decades, have begun to erode the quality of kids’ lives—from media violence and rampant consumerism, to overly structured school days and overly wired (yet emotionally disconnected) relationships. What parent doesn’t think back longingly to a time when carefree play with other kids and a simpler life was the norm? Childhood should be a precious time of oasis from the realities of the adult world, yet in today’s fast-paced, achievement-obsessed, ever-more-dangerous society, this is increasingly not the case. Based on renowned early childhood development expert Nancy Carlsson-Paige’s thirty years of researching and writing about young children, this groundbreaking book helps parents navigate the cultural currents shaping, and too often harming, the lives of kids today and restore childhood to the very best of what it can and should be. There are three attributes critical to all children’s healthy development, Carlsson-Paige explains: time and space for creative play, a feeling of security in today’s often frightening world, and strong, meaningful relationships with both adults and other children—attributes that we, as a society, are failing to protect and nurture. Grounded in child development theory and research, Taking Back Childhoodreveals practical, hands-on steps parents can take to create a safe, open, and imaginative environment in which kids can relish childhood and flourish as human beings.

Author Biography

Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Ed.D., is a nationally celebrated scholar of early childhood education. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, and on NPR, the Discovery Channel, and ABC. She is an ongoing consultant on several PBS Kids shows, including Arthur, Zoom, and Fetch, and is an active public speaker and guest lecturer across the country.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prologuep. xiii
Taking Back Childhood: What Our Kids Are Losing-and How to Get It Backp. 1
Through Their Eyes: Child Development Theory in a Nutshellp. 29
Building Blocks, Dress-ups, and Kids' Own Stories: Reclaiming Play and Imaginationp. 53
No More Time-Outs: Sharing Power with Kidsp. 73
From Spider-Man to Smackdown: Countering Media Violence and Stereotypesp. 95
All Ads, All the Time: Teaching Your Kids to Talk Back to Consumerismp. 123
Might Does Not Make Right: Resolving Conflicts Creativelyp. 147
Love Above All: Encouraging Empathy and Caringp. 171
When to Step In: Helping Your Kids Build Positive Relationshipsp. 191
When Real Life Intervenes: Nuturing Children's Sense of Security and Hope about the Worldp. 219
Small Acts, Big Changes: Taking Action in the Wider Worldp. 239
Appendixp. 255
Notes and Referencesp. 259
Indexp. 271
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