Harvard psychologist RichardWeissbourd argues incisively that parentsanot peers, not televisionaare the primary shapers of their childrenas moral lives. And yet, it is parentsa lack of self-awareness and confused priorities that are dangerously undermining childrenas development. Through the authoras own original field research, including hundreds of rich, revealing conversations with children, parents, teachers, and coaches, a surprising picture emerges. Parentsa intense focus on their childrenas happiness is turning many children into self-involved, fragile conformists.The suddenly widespread desire of parents to be closer to their childrenaa heartening trend in many waysaoften undercuts kidsamorality.Our fixation with being great parentsaand our need for our children to reflect that greatnessacan actually make them feel ashamed for failing to measure up. Finally, parentsa interactions with coaches and teachersaand coachesa and teachersa interactions with childrenaare critical arenas for nurturing, or eroding, childrenas moral lives. Weissbourdas ultimately compassionate messageabased on compelling new researchais that the intense, crisis-filled, and profoundly joyous process of raising a child can be a powerful force for our own moral development.Harvard psychologist RichardWeissbourd argues incisively that parentsanot peers, not televisionaare the primary shapers of their childrenas moral lives.
|Title||:||The Parents We Mean to Be|
|Publisher||:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - 2009-05-01|