Peace and Parenting Discussion Group
I created the Peace and Parenting Discussion Group with you in mind. As a parenting coach, it is my mission to stay well informed so that I can support you on your parenting journey. On occasion (well, on many occasions), I run across resources that are so valuable that it's not enough to just recommend them. I want the opportunity to walk you through the pages myself to uncover its rich bounty.
If you'd like to be a part of a tight knit community of like-minded parents who are eager to forge a new path of communication and learning with their kids, I'd love for you to join.
Participation is just $30. This month's group discussion is for the book, The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom about Children and Parenting by Alfie Kohn.
The fee covers one 4-week session where we'll read through approximately 50 pages per week and then discuss. To sign up, fill out your First, Last Name and your email address below, and I'll send you an invoice. Once I receive your payment, I'll send you details for accessing our private forum on this site.
This month's book discovery
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Somehow, a set of deeply conservative assumptions about children—what they're like and how they should be raised—have congealed into the conventional wisdom in our society. Parents are accused of being both permissive and overprotective, unwilling to set limits and afraid to let their kids fail. Young people, meanwhile, are routinely described as entitled and narcissistic...among other unflattering adjectives.
In The Myth of the Spoiled Child, Alfie Kohn systematically debunks these beliefs—not only challenging erroneous factual claims but also exposing the troubling ideology that underlies them. Complaints about pushover parents and coddled kids are hardly new, he shows, and there is no evidence that either phenomenon is especially widespread today—let alone more common than in previous generations. Moreover, new research reveals that helicopter parenting is quite rare and, surprisingly, may do more good than harm when it does occur. The major threat to healthy child development, John argues, is posed by parenting that is too controlling rather than too indulgent.
With the same lively, contrarian style that marked his influential books about rewards, competition, and education, Kohn relies on a vast collection of social science data, as well as on logic and humor, to challenge assertions that appear with numbing regularity in the popular press. These include claims that young people suffer from inflated self-esteem; that they receive trophies, praise, and As too easily; and that they would benefit from more self-discipline and "grit." These conservative beliefs are often accepted without question, even by people who are politically liberal. Kohn's invitation to reexamine our assumptions is particularly timely, then; his book has the potential to change our culture's conversation about kids and the people who raise them.