Thursday, August 25, 2011
Book in Brief: Free-Range Kids
The name of the book being recommended: Free-Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry) by Lenore Skenazy
Please give us five reasons why this book is awesome:
1. The author writes an op-ed column that appears in more than 100 papers and magazines AND an award winning blog, she can be heard on NPR, she spent several years on TV as a (younger, cuter) Andy Rooney at CNBC and the Food Network.
2. It's full of sensible, practical advice. Chapter headings include "Quit Trying to Control Everything. It Doesn't Work Anyway," "Relax: Not Every Little Thing You Do Has That Much Impact on Your Child's Development," and "Fail! It's the New Succeed."
3. It's hilarious. Chapter headings include "Play Dates and Axe Murderers: How to Tell the Difference," "Study History: Your Ten-Year-Old Would Have Been Forging Horseshoes (or at Least Delivering Papers)," "Why Other Countries Are Laughing at zee Scaredy-Cat Americans," and "Licking the Batter Off Beaters While They Are Still Plugged In."
4. It releases you from the exhaustion of unnecessary worry and downright paranoia.
5. Have I mentioned that it's both sensible AND hilarious?
How can I find this book in the library? Check both the parent/teacher (jPT 649.1 S) and adult (649.1 S) sections.