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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Often with the very best intentions, Americans expose their children to overwhelming pressures, pressures that can lead to low self-esteem, to teenage pregnancy, and even to teenage suicide. By blurring the boundaries of what is age appropriate, by expecting--or imposing--too much too soon, we force our kids to grow up too fast, to mimic adult sophistication while secretly yearning for innocence.
With the first edition of The Hurried Child, David Elkind emerges as the voice of reason, calling our attention to the crippling effects of hurrying. But in the decade since this book first appeared, a new generation of parents has inadvertently stepped up the assault on childhood, misled by the new and comforting rhetoric of childhood "competence.
Elkind has thoroughly revised this enormously successful book to debunk the notion of "competence" tha thas children racing off to early enrichment programs, burdened by the pressure to "achieve," and coming home alone to an empty house after school. He sees "sompetence" as a notion meant to rationalize the needs of adults, not to serve the genuine needs of kids, a notion that has fourth graders dieting to fit into designer jeans and children of divorce asked to be the confidants of their troubled parents.
In updating this new edition, Dr. And as before, he offers parents and teachers insight, advice, and hope for encouraging healthy development while protecting the joy and feedom of childhood. Read more Read less. No customer reviews.
How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases. Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. I have been concerned with the way parents are pushing their young children.
I am a psychologist who raised two gifted children and never pushed them. The author makes a case for the need to adapt to changing times. Kindergarten is what the first grade used to be. Kids get socialized in preschool and begin actual learning in kindergarten and continue on a fast-track in the computer age.
However, There are still too many parents pushing children who are doing more harm than good. Creating a "good learning environment" and getting appropriate amounts of positive reinforcement is all that is necessary for children to flourish.
I first read this book when my boys were in elementary school thirty years ago. I still remember Elkind's advice to let children be children and to resist pushing them too fast and too hard.
He told of one of his sons who strongly resisted reading instruction in one of his first school experiences. The teacher chose to allow him to wait, and he learned to read easily a year or two later. Elkind also talked of studies showing that children who learned to read at older ages were often the children who loved to read and who read independently as teenagers. We push academics at younger and younger ages in this country and do so supposedly in the best interest of children.
Elkind believes in the freedom and space to be a child and to learn and grow through play and less structured experiences. He's not against academics. He just understands that there is more to living and learning than academics, and he worries about the future of hurried children.
I do too. I had this book decades ago and the advice is still grounded. However, and maybe it's because I've read it before, I found it awfully redundant. Don't remember it being so damned boring the first time around. Pretty much the title says it all.
Don't hurry your child to the point that you of they become obsessive. It helps no one. Book came looking brand new, neatly packed, swift delivery. Nice enough to pass along. I read this book about 25 years ago when I was raising my son and I used it as a guide to help me parent. My son is now a CPA, married with 3 children. I've purchased this book to give to my niece who is going through a divorce because i strongly feel it will help give her good advice as she raises her children.
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The Hurried Child: Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon
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The Effects of Hurrying Children Through Childhood
Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Often with the very best intentions, Americans expose their children to overwhelming pressures, pressures that can lead to low self-esteem, to teenage pregnancy, and even to teenage suicide. By blurring the boundaries of what is age appropriate, by expecting--or imposing--too much too soon, we force our kids to grow up too fast, to mimic adult sophistication while secretly yearning for innocence. With the first edition of The Hurried Child, David Elkind emerges as the voice of reason, calling our attention to the crippling effects of hurrying.
Most of us have had one of those days when we've thought, Wouldn't it be nice if I could be a kid again, without all the stress of my job and the pressure to succeed? But did you ever consider that many kids today are feeling the same stress that adults feel? In a culture that emphasizes success, children are bombarded daily to grow up too quickly. They are pressured to learn to read and count even before they can walk; to outperform the other kids in their kindergarten class; to be self-sufficient, productive and disciplined.