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Every concerned parent MUST have this book! Children throughout the developed world are suffering, with obesity, dyslexia, ADHD, and other serious ailments on the rise. And it’s not simply that our diagnostic ability has improved—there are very real and growing problems. Top literacy expert Sue Palmer examines the danger zones, from poor diet, lack of exercise, and sleep d Every concerned parent MUST have this book! Children throughout the developed world are suffering, with obesity, dyslexia, ADHD, and other serious ailments on the rise. And it’s not simply that our diagnostic ability has improved—there are very real and growing problems. Top literacy expert Sue Palmer examines the danger zones, from poor diet, lack of exercise, and sleep deprivation to symptoms emerging from our modern lifestyle of TV, computer games, and cell phones. This combination of factors, along with parents’ increasingly stressful lives, means that we are developing a toxic new generation, with its health and brains at risk. Here is the latest research from around the world, with advice for worried parents on protecting their families and ensuring their children emerge as healthy, intelligent, and happy adults.


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Every concerned parent MUST have this book! Children throughout the developed world are suffering, with obesity, dyslexia, ADHD, and other serious ailments on the rise. And it’s not simply that our diagnostic ability has improved—there are very real and growing problems. Top literacy expert Sue Palmer examines the danger zones, from poor diet, lack of exercise, and sleep d Every concerned parent MUST have this book! Children throughout the developed world are suffering, with obesity, dyslexia, ADHD, and other serious ailments on the rise. And it’s not simply that our diagnostic ability has improved—there are very real and growing problems. Top literacy expert Sue Palmer examines the danger zones, from poor diet, lack of exercise, and sleep deprivation to symptoms emerging from our modern lifestyle of TV, computer games, and cell phones. This combination of factors, along with parents’ increasingly stressful lives, means that we are developing a toxic new generation, with its health and brains at risk. Here is the latest research from around the world, with advice for worried parents on protecting their families and ensuring their children emerge as healthy, intelligent, and happy adults.

30 review for Toxic Childhood: How the Modern World is Damaging Our Children and What We Can Do About It

  1. 5 out of 5

    Louise

    Okay, let me start by saying I didn’t entirely hate this book. The author puts forward some good points that I completely agree with, particularly where the educational system is concerned. She talks about how there is too much emphasis on standardised testing; how there are too many children to a class, meaning that teachers can’t meet individual children’s needs; how physical education has become too “academicised”, with teachers focussing more on technique than overall fitness and enjoyment o Okay, let me start by saying I didn’t entirely hate this book. The author puts forward some good points that I completely agree with, particularly where the educational system is concerned. She talks about how there is too much emphasis on standardised testing; how there are too many children to a class, meaning that teachers can’t meet individual children’s needs; how physical education has become too “academicised”, with teachers focussing more on technique than overall fitness and enjoyment of sports, which in turn leads to children becoming disillusioned with PE and then avoiding it. She also makes some good points about how outside play is limited for children these days, due to excessive anxiety (from parents and children alike) about the dangers of the outside world, and how children’s mental health can be affected by negative stories on the news. It was also refreshing to see someone who believes that the use of text language won’t negatively impact a child’s general ability to read and write. But – and this is a big but – I felt that her good points were lost amongst the barely concealed classism, her lack of respect for people with disabilities and her general ignorance about technology and media aimed at children. Her use of alarmist language was also, quite simply, alarming. In the introduction alone, Palmer refers to autistic people as “sadly primitive” and goes on to refer to “normal children” who progress towards “civilised self-control.” Her attitude towards children with ADHD is greatly unsympathetic, and she outlines her concerns about children with developmental disorders going on to become criminals. Her issues with Ritalin being over-prescribed are – rather than being that doctors often prescribe drugs to children without considering their background or mental health – the fact that it’s expensive and that they may go on to become drug addicts in the future. She cites two rock stars as her evidence of this. Rock stars. The language Palmer uses to describe the poor is often nothing short of derisive. She implies that “those at the bottom of the social heap” are mainly alcoholics and drug addicts to whom “sociable chitchat with a child is an unthinkable waste of time.” She downright dehumanises impoverished children, labelling them “feral” (although this treatment isn’t exclusive to the poor as, in other chapters, we see children described as “barbarians” and “miserable little creatures”) and more or less writes them off, despite the “mind the gap” sections’ apparent aim being to help. I could go on at length about her ignorance of technology and media aimed at children, but I’m trying to remain at least vaguely objective, so I’ll just talk about the author’s bizarre idea that boys are “naturally drawn to technology” whilst girls “can be attracted to a computer by websites such as Barbie’s EverythingGirl site.” (And also the fact that she believes that Cardcaptors is aimed at boys because it appeals to the competitive instinct of the human male, and “little boys’ inbuilt desire for ‘power, force, mastery, domination, control…’” Yes, Cardcaptors. The magical girl anime that was initially aimed at young girls, but upon being brought over to the West was edited to appeal to young boys as well. But certainly not exclusively. Oh dear.) The final issue I’d like to touch upon in this lengthy rant review is the author’s incredible ability to read minds. In the introduction, and later the final pages of the book, she skilfully deduces that a slightly grumpy-looking child on the steps of the Uffizi Gallery must want nothing more than to “curl up in front of a widescreen TV and lose herself in something mindless” despite her parents being gracious enough to “drag” (her words, not mine) her across Europe to see some of the Western civilisation’s greatest treasures. Apparently, her seeming disinterest makes it clear that she is a narcissistic brat. And the speculation as to how she became this way is pretty insulting when you consider that some children just… aren’t all that into art. There are so many more things I could say about this book; however, in conclusion, this book raised some hugely important points, but was bogged down by all that pesky hyperbole and derision for… vast sections of our population. If you’re interested in reading a book that presents a slightly less alarmist and biased view of childhood, I’d recommend reading “The Story of Childhood: Growing Up in Modern Britain” by Libby Brooks.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This book had been sitting on my “to read” shelf for quite some time. So as I went through my personal digital decluttering project I decided to tackle this tome to gather some additional insight on managing the digital world with my kids. I definitely formed a love/hate relationship with the content and the presentation of Toxic Childhood Syndrome in this book. On the one hand, the topics covered in this book are in dire need of focus in our culture. Children spend far too much time being entert This book had been sitting on my “to read” shelf for quite some time. So as I went through my personal digital decluttering project I decided to tackle this tome to gather some additional insight on managing the digital world with my kids. I definitely formed a love/hate relationship with the content and the presentation of Toxic Childhood Syndrome in this book. On the one hand, the topics covered in this book are in dire need of focus in our culture. Children spend far too much time being entertained by screens, schools are a wreck around every turn, children are physically away from their family unit in increasingly larger volumes of time, families eat garbage for food and almost never have meals together, children hardly ever play outside, everyone is sleep-deprived and the aggressive marketing toward children should be illegal. The author comments on how we need “family focused economies instead of economy focused families.” A sentiment I wholly agree with. So I greatly appreciated the author’s research, reflection and discussion in these many areas. On the other hand, this author is regularly at odds with feminists (which she herself says in the book) because her primary premise is that all moms should be stay at home moms, especially in the first years of childhood. She appears to believe that the spiral into Toxic Childhood Syndrome began with women entering the workforce. And while she discusses Capitalism and the grinding cultural obsession with money over childhood, she does not acknowledge that these problems are not the responsibility of women alone. It’s great to play outside and not have screens and eat real foods at scheduled mealtimes and to avoid substitute caregivers: but you MUST have a stay at home parent to do 99% of what she suggests/discusses in this book. And she implies (extensively) that it is mothers who are needed at home because of their inherent skill sets. I think that’s what was niggling in the back of my mind as I slogged through all the depressing research and stories in this book. It cannot ONLY be the parents’ responsibility to value family. Indeed parents cannot do it alone. Society at large must value family (specifically children) in order for this philosophy to work. And while the author does admit this, she also goes on for hundreds of pages on what “parents” need to be doing. In essence; what WOMEN should be doing. And her primary suggestion is mothers should stay at home and reclaim childhood for their children. There is a glaring lack of discussion about fathers and how exactly women can afford to stay home considering that the act of staying home with your children does not pay to keep a roof over their heads. Even though there are sections addressing issues with low income households, the entire book premise is not applicable without some level of privilege. Her classist language and assumptions, coupled with her judgmental diatribes on low income families make her feel untrustworthy and aggressive. By the conclusion, the book just ended up feeling like a giant catalogue of everything that parents just need to do better. And frankly most parents (specifically mothers) are exhausted of being told they aren’t doing well enough when society supports none of us. And for the record: feminists (like myself) do not dislike the suggestion that children should be well cared for and valued. What we object to is the implication that it is the sole responsibility of women to raise contributing members of society often to the detriment of their own financial security, mental health and independence. Balance is crucial. And that’s what is lacking in both society and this written work.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Disclaimer: I had to stop reading this at the end of the communications chapter. "We didn't need parenting books in my day!!" - A old lady sat next to me on the bus proudly boasts to me. In the split second in my mind that it takes me to decide on my response, it hits me about what is wrong with this book. "Thats a shame had there been maybe the generations your generation raised wouldn't have been so dysfunctional" I retort. The woman clearly unhappy with my answer tut's and walks away. That story Disclaimer: I had to stop reading this at the end of the communications chapter. "We didn't need parenting books in my day!!" - A old lady sat next to me on the bus proudly boasts to me. In the split second in my mind that it takes me to decide on my response, it hits me about what is wrong with this book. "Thats a shame had there been maybe the generations your generation raised wouldn't have been so dysfunctional" I retort. The woman clearly unhappy with my answer tut's and walks away. That story implies this is a good book, its not its a bad book. Whilst I maybe reading into this the author seems to look back at some "Golden" age in where everything was perfect. Before TV's and gadgets, but in doing so the author fails to address the key problems of those generations and how to address them. For example the author highlights that "Communication with your child is key". But fails to address talk about feelings and emotions with your child (Unless the child is in mood), even fails to address tone! Now whilst I understand the book is 16 years old, I'm shocked by how backwards thinking this book is. I honestly don't wish to waste any more time on this book, and the only thing I can think of to close out is: If this nonsense book sparked a national debate for anything other than "Should there be a limit on the nonsense we allow to be published?" Then the nation is beyond saving.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Himani Gupta

    It is a well written book - lots of data and facts, lots of personal opinions and what sounds like plain common sense, yet still not too judgemental. I think the book reiterated a lot of what i knew intutitively about the need to spend time with our children, to think creatively about how we spend time together, to monitor what they eat and how they spend their time etc. I think the dangers of television, internet on minds of children are very real. It is good to be reminded of these things beca It is a well written book - lots of data and facts, lots of personal opinions and what sounds like plain common sense, yet still not too judgemental. I think the book reiterated a lot of what i knew intutitively about the need to spend time with our children, to think creatively about how we spend time together, to monitor what they eat and how they spend their time etc. I think the dangers of television, internet on minds of children are very real. It is good to be reminded of these things because otherwise parents like me busy juggling jobs and households etc are in danger of letting some of these things slip to the back of the mind.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anjuli

    I had to read this as part of my pre-reading for my PGCE primary course and it gave me a lot of insight into how the world is effecting children. I did agree with a lot that she said and also took on board a lot of her suggestions for when I eventually have children.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Aruna Kumar Gadepalli

    The book that talks about in details various aspects of childhood. From various angles childhood is studied with various suggestions and readings. I strongly suggest to the educators, parents and those who are concerned with children.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lora O'Brien

    This book makes so much sense. Non-judgmental, practical guidance and advice for raising your kids in as healthy a way as can be achieved in today's toxic society. A must-read for new parents, or those a little further along! This book makes so much sense. Non-judgmental, practical guidance and advice for raising your kids in as healthy a way as can be achieved in today's toxic society. A must-read for new parents, or those a little further along!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    I am a Graphic Design student currently doing a project on the loss of childhood in western society. This book was a great help and one that I have referenced a lot in my research. And one that I will look back on if I ever have children of my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Zahrah Awaleh

    Brilliant, straightforward analysis of what's gone wrong with our kids and what we can do about it. I saw her speak recently, and she's a great speaker. Brilliant, straightforward analysis of what's gone wrong with our kids and what we can do about it. I saw her speak recently, and she's a great speaker.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Natasha Sundar

    Interesting read and very detail. While I do agree and the writer revalidates some of my opinions on this subject, there are still some areas I may question further. Overall a good read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Though lots of the ideas in this book felt quite obvious to me, it was really interesting and eye-opening, particularly to consider the phenomenon from a parent’s view rather than a teacher’s. i would be interested in reading an updated version of the book as I feel a lot of the issues raised have only deteriorated in recent years as society has continued to splinter. It’s quite depressing as it’s such a wide reaching problem that I don’t know whether we’re too far gone to tackle...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    An honest, sometimes uncomfortable to read book which outlines how the next generations are being influenced by the ever changing world. The insights are interesting and the opportunity to work with advances in technology, rather than letting it rule, is there for those who want to nurture the children and give them the best possible chance to succeed and be happy. Recommended and of great benefit to anyone studying Health & Social Care.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mushtaq Tahir

    A very well written book full of valuable points, guidelines and perspectives. There are many poisonous elements in modern society that are disabling our children, mentally, physically, spirituality and morally. This book gives us much food for thought and highlights the challenges faced by both the parent and child.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cris Vallejo

    'It is the best of times; it is the worst of times. We live in a world of comfort, convenience and promise, a wonderful world for grown-up human beings to work and relax. But it's not the best of all possible worlds for children. Deep in our hearts we all know it, but we're frightened to admit it: the world we've created is damaging our children's brains.' 'It is the best of times; it is the worst of times. We live in a world of comfort, convenience and promise, a wonderful world for grown-up human beings to work and relax. But it's not the best of all possible worlds for children. Deep in our hearts we all know it, but we're frightened to admit it: the world we've created is damaging our children's brains.'

  15. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    I absolutely loved this book. I wish more people would read it. While I already try and do many of the things in this book, it gave me more ideas but also connected everything really well together. Really well written and very thought-provoking.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Asimenia Phantasmagoria

    The writer made her points clear. Sleep, food, games and communication. It could be smaller. I think she tries to judge objectively. I also think that this book should be read by every parent and teacher. Ιt should be a "university'' book. The writer made her points clear. Sleep, food, games and communication. It could be smaller. I think she tries to judge objectively. I also think that this book should be read by every parent and teacher. Ιt should be a "university'' book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    Loads of epiphanies - so many ideas. A book to take round as a little reminder.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Hilary May

    I don't normally log the (far too many!) parenting books I read, but as I read this from cover to cover. It was a lot more reasonable than I was expecting from the title and comments I'd heard. To be honest I think you could sum these up as 'everything in moderation' 'there are pros and cons of most aspects of modern life' 'don't trust businesses' 'eat as natural food as possible' - did make me feel better for being pretty strict about my children's screen use and what they watch - although they I don't normally log the (far too many!) parenting books I read, but as I read this from cover to cover. It was a lot more reasonable than I was expecting from the title and comments I'd heard. To be honest I think you could sum these up as 'everything in moderation' 'there are pros and cons of most aspects of modern life' 'don't trust businesses' 'eat as natural food as possible' - did make me feel better for being pretty strict about my children's screen use and what they watch - although they still think I'm the meanest mum in the world!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Grace Duthie

    This book was incredibly thought-provoking and I have been recommending it to my friends who are interested in children's psychology and teaching, or work with children. Raises challenging issues which are a result of the modern-day society we live in and explains what professionals suggest we can do about this. If you can get hold of this, definitely give it a read! This book was incredibly thought-provoking and I have been recommending it to my friends who are interested in children's psychology and teaching, or work with children. Raises challenging issues which are a result of the modern-day society we live in and explains what professionals suggest we can do about this. If you can get hold of this, definitely give it a read!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    I was recommended this by a friend and it certainly gave me food for thought. I couldn't put it down, and I found myself in agreement with a large amount of what Palmer outlines. A lot of it is common sense, such as junk food and TV news, but it was really useful to have the theory presented in a holistic way, and discuss how all aspects of modern society combine to create toxic children, There are certainly some ideas that I will refer back to when bringing up my own children. I also liked how I was recommended this by a friend and it certainly gave me food for thought. I couldn't put it down, and I found myself in agreement with a large amount of what Palmer outlines. A lot of it is common sense, such as junk food and TV news, but it was really useful to have the theory presented in a holistic way, and discuss how all aspects of modern society combine to create toxic children, There are certainly some ideas that I will refer back to when bringing up my own children. I also liked how Palmer admitted that she didn't practise what she preaches in all situations, and that she is learning like everyone, as well as highlighting how difficult it can be for women to give up their jobs as it is part of their identity. The reason for my low star rating is that I felt the 'Mind the Gap' segments were quite snobby and anti-poor/anti middle class/white people. I couldn't believe some of what I read and how society's ills seemed to be blamed squarely on those who are less fortunate or who choose not to be in the two-parent wife-carer husband-breadwinner model, and how it seemed at some points like she was talking about an entirely different species rather than a bunch of people, often neighbours or friends, who are trying their best. Not everyone is the same and I think teaching children to appreciate difference and not look down on or blame those different to oneself is a key lesson along with the other aspects she highlights. It was quite uncomfortable Daily Mail-esque at times. Still, avoid those bits and you'll come away with some valuable things to consider.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Thuraya Batterjee

    a good book,easily read ,careful analysis and simple tips. i liked the concept of "Detoxifying" childhood, especially tips about Detoxing family life: recognise the supreme importance of time in bringing up children, the younger they are the more " slow time" you need. learn the art of compromise. Detoxing Education: primary education is not a race, make sure your child knows what bullying is and isn't. The single most important way parents can help children do well is through talking with them and en a good book,easily read ,careful analysis and simple tips. i liked the concept of "Detoxifying" childhood, especially tips about Detoxing family life: recognise the supreme importance of time in bringing up children, the younger they are the more " slow time" you need. learn the art of compromise. Detoxing Education: primary education is not a race, make sure your child knows what bullying is and isn't. The single most important way parents can help children do well is through talking with them and encouraging them to talk. Detoxing mealtimes: make a list of healthy meals your family enjoys, and add to it as you find new ones. Let your children help in planning. You deccide what, when and where your child eats; let the child decide how much, or even whether.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Louis Cecile

    This book is very much like a future hindsight of what has happened to childhood. No neutral perspective is used here as the author is laying down a case for the problems today's children face and how it can be tackled. However depending on the reader, you either agree and follow each chapter intensely or be cautious to debate each claim. Either way it is a fascinating insight and much of the problems identified reflect also in today's adults. This can be a life changing booking for some parents This book is very much like a future hindsight of what has happened to childhood. No neutral perspective is used here as the author is laying down a case for the problems today's children face and how it can be tackled. However depending on the reader, you either agree and follow each chapter intensely or be cautious to debate each claim. Either way it is a fascinating insight and much of the problems identified reflect also in today's adults. This can be a life changing booking for some parents or scare them senseless for the rest of their lives. For it certainly raises many questions about society and its effect on childhood.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mazz Cole

    Great book. Informative without being patronising. Ok, a lot of this stuff is what we probably already know i.e. our children watch too much tv, eat too much sugar, don't get enough sleep etc. but there is still plenty of food for thought in there. And we all need a nudge in the right direction now and then don't we? A lot of us read pregnancy or baby books in preparation for a new baby but perhaps barely read up on child care tips or advice for beyond the toddler years, if you'd like to, I'd st Great book. Informative without being patronising. Ok, a lot of this stuff is what we probably already know i.e. our children watch too much tv, eat too much sugar, don't get enough sleep etc. but there is still plenty of food for thought in there. And we all need a nudge in the right direction now and then don't we? A lot of us read pregnancy or baby books in preparation for a new baby but perhaps barely read up on child care tips or advice for beyond the toddler years, if you'd like to, I'd strongly recommend this book. Lots of good advice and opinion delivered in a friendly, easy to read manner.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jayney

    Modern Society has changed at such as fast rate it the last thirty years. Even since my mother was bringing us up. Schools certianly haven't adapted for children and neither have our spaces. Palmer writes about all aspects of society, from our daily routines & eating habits to work- life balances, media influence and lack of community. She clearly outlines how children's physical and psychological health are affected but these factors. She also gives advice for 'de-toxifying' and giving children Modern Society has changed at such as fast rate it the last thirty years. Even since my mother was bringing us up. Schools certianly haven't adapted for children and neither have our spaces. Palmer writes about all aspects of society, from our daily routines & eating habits to work- life balances, media influence and lack of community. She clearly outlines how children's physical and psychological health are affected but these factors. She also gives advice for 'de-toxifying' and giving children a more wholesome and healthy up-bringing. I would seriously recommend this to any parent.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karen Tullson

    Excellent critique with practical applications Parents can make a difference in their children's lives. This book offers a valuable critique of our current situation and some practical solutions. She is writing about the UK, but it is just as true for the U.S. This is well worth reading. All of her comments are consistent with the latest research on brain development. Authoritarian parenting is the difference for happy responsible kids. If you like John Rosemond, you'll find this an excellent add Excellent critique with practical applications Parents can make a difference in their children's lives. This book offers a valuable critique of our current situation and some practical solutions. She is writing about the UK, but it is just as true for the U.S. This is well worth reading. All of her comments are consistent with the latest research on brain development. Authoritarian parenting is the difference for happy responsible kids. If you like John Rosemond, you'll find this an excellent addition .

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary

    This was well-written and engaging. I particularly liked the "Mind the Gap" section at the end of each chapter which rightly pointed out that the parents who would most benefit from the advice she was writing were the parents who are least educated and least likely to pick up the book, sadly. Basically, we need to look out for these parents and their kids and do the best we can for them (unfortunately it's usually not a lot). This was well-written and engaging. I particularly liked the "Mind the Gap" section at the end of each chapter which rightly pointed out that the parents who would most benefit from the advice she was writing were the parents who are least educated and least likely to pick up the book, sadly. Basically, we need to look out for these parents and their kids and do the best we can for them (unfortunately it's usually not a lot).

  27. 4 out of 5

    Clare Davidson

    Interesting and useful information in some areas but the author falls prey to the traditional but outdated and unscientific idea that children must be taught to sleep. And that the best way to achieve this is to abandon them in their own room alone at night. As you can probably tell I don't subscribe to this idea. I'd suggest Kiss Me, how to raise a child with love by Carlos Gonzalez as a more sensible and helpful read. Interesting and useful information in some areas but the author falls prey to the traditional but outdated and unscientific idea that children must be taught to sleep. And that the best way to achieve this is to abandon them in their own room alone at night. As you can probably tell I don't subscribe to this idea. I'd suggest Kiss Me, how to raise a child with love by Carlos Gonzalez as a more sensible and helpful read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Inspiring book. Every parent, teacher and person who works with children should read it. The author emphasise the importance of: - real play - enough sleep - teaching delayed gratification to kids - childcare and education appropriate for a child's age-group - protecting the children against excessive marketing and the excesses of the celebrity culture - knowing the dangers and benefits of growing up in a multi-media "electronic village" Inspiring book. Every parent, teacher and person who works with children should read it. The author emphasise the importance of: - real play - enough sleep - teaching delayed gratification to kids - childcare and education appropriate for a child's age-group - protecting the children against excessive marketing and the excesses of the celebrity culture - knowing the dangers and benefits of growing up in a multi-media "electronic village"

  29. 4 out of 5

    LouD

    Remind me to get this book out again when I have kids. Fingers crossed I wouldn't give my kids a 'toxic' childhood anyway, but it can't hurt. Would be interesting if someone wrote "Toxic Parent"..........idea. Remind me to get this book out again when I have kids. Fingers crossed I wouldn't give my kids a 'toxic' childhood anyway, but it can't hurt. Would be interesting if someone wrote "Toxic Parent"..........idea.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Metia Bethell

    A fantastic and insightful book on the complexities of bringing up kids today. With more than a dash of common sense, Sue Palmer manages to get her point across in a kind and sympathetic manner without compromising her message. Don't be afraid to read it! There are lots of solutions inside. A fantastic and insightful book on the complexities of bringing up kids today. With more than a dash of common sense, Sue Palmer manages to get her point across in a kind and sympathetic manner without compromising her message. Don't be afraid to read it! There are lots of solutions inside.

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