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Children have been sliding down our priority list for too long. Busy parents give children leftover time—those few remaining minutes after work and recreation. Stressed teachers have put conformity and good grades ahead of stimulating children to love learning. The many adults who are motivated to do their best often find themselves at a loss over what to do. Our children, desperately missing us in their lives, look in the wrong places for solace and support. While only a few become openly violent, many more feel humiliated, frustrated, lonely, and angry.From recasting our attitudes as parents and getting more involved in schools as volunteers, to restructuring class sizes, limiting homework, and fostering honest dialog about the pressures in our society, Reclaiming Our Children shows us the way to lasting peace with and among our children. Beginning with a dramatic shift in adult priorities that places children at the center of our lives, Peter Breggin demonstrates how we can create loving, disciplined, and inspiring relationships with all of our children.
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Parents and other adults are the source of the problem with troubled children--not the "child monsters" whose mug shots we see on the evening news for school shootings, murders, and other tales of modern-day juvenile delinquency. That's the case made by Peter R. Breggin, a Maryland-based psychiatrist who has written widely on the overuse of psychoactive drug; in Reclaiming Our Children he takes aim at what he considers the root of all the trouble: today's families. Overly permissive parents, absentee fathers, working mothers, disconnected families--they all take the blame in Breggin's well-reasoned argument for renewing the importance of children in our lives.
The 1999 Columbine High School shootings figure prominently in Breggin's dissection of how society has abandoned its kids. He calls a White House conference held after the massacre a "missed opportunity" because politicians and health advisers were quick to blame the student shooters' actions on genetic and biochemical conditions beyond our control. As Breggin has written in many of his other books, he believes parents are too eager to turn to Prozac, Ritalin, and other chemical solutions for problems that should be sorted out with old-fashioned therapy. His accounts of treating young patients and their parents are delightful passages, though his diagnoses at times seem a bit simplistic. He offers self-help solutions near the end of the book, with suggestions on how parents can avoid serious conflicts with their kids. His views on child-rearing tactics sometimes go against the grain: he's not an advocate of time-outs as a means of discipline, for example. And his child-centered ideas may frustrate some parents in the throes of dealing with a 2-year-old's tantrums or a disrespectful teen's defiance. But his plea for making children a priority is a much-needed, logical voice that should cause some parents to pause and rethink their hectic lives. --Jodi Mailander FarrellAbout the Author:
Peter R. Breggin, M.D., is the author of over a dozen books, including the best-selling Talking Back to Prozac and Your Drug May Be Your Problem. The International Director of the Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology, he lives in Bethesda, Maryland.
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Book Description Da Capo Press, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. Unread new copy in fine unworn unclipped dustjacket. Black mark on bottom edge, else mint. Seller Inventory # 55171
Book Description Da Capo Press, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1. Seller Inventory # DADAX0738202525
Book Description Perseus Books, Reading, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 2000. Hardcover. Condition: New. No Jacket. From Booklist: Breggin, a medical doctor, explores the issues behind some of the recent troubling behavior of American youth as well as the changing adult attitudes toward children. He starts by examining the Columbine shootings and branches into other distress signals from youth, including the long and sorrowful history of urban youth violence. Breggin views the slow and uncoordinated response to Columbine as a metaphor for the nation's inability or unwillingness to come to grips with the sociological and psychological problems of youth: divorce, racism, alienation, and isolation caused by technology, drug abuse, and neglect. Breggin cautions against relying on counseling and drug therapy to address societal ills, as was suggested in the wake of Columbine. (As it turns out, the shooters had already been involved in counseling and drug treatment. ) The nation is addressing troubled youth by "using drugs the way gardeners use herbicides, " he writes. Instead, Breggin makes recommendations for improving schools, reducing stress on children, and enhancing parent-child relationships, in short, for reclaiming responsibility for parenting children. Vanessa Bush Book Info Reveals the way to lasting peace with and among children starting with a dramatic shift in adult priorities placing children at the center of our lives. Demonstrates how to create loving, discipline, and engaging relationships with all of our children if we make the time. About the Author Peter R. Breggin, M.D., is the author of over a dozen books, including the best-selling Talking Back to Prozac and Your Drug May Be Your Problem. The International Director of the Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology, he lives in Bethesda, Maryland. Seller Inventory # 0521A916001
Book Description Da Capo Press, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110738202525
Book Description Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2000. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0738202525