Publisher description for Spoiling childhood : how well-meaning parents are giving children too much--but not what they need / Diane Ehrensaft ; foreword by Lillian B. Rubin.


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Vividly encapsulating the absurdities, heartbreaks, and possibilities of contemporary child rearing, this book shows how parents today are all too often caught up in a guilt-driven pendulum swing between parenting too little and parenting too much. Dr. Ehrensaft helps us imagine a society where we can overcome the treacherous balancing acts of work and family demands where "good-enough" replaces perfect parenting, harriedness is traded for harmony, and children grow on a healthy continuum from infancy to adulthood.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Child rearing, Parenting, Parent and child