Is there a childcare book mums and dads MUST read?

At half term both my girls had homework, and one had to go into school for a day’s revision. Now there’s a new book that claims this is very, very wrong – answer the poll to have your say. For more ideas about thrifty, creative and eco-friendly ways to raise children see, or

Are you someone who thinks you learn by taking risks, or by being hot-housed?

Are you someone who thinks you learn by taking risks, or by
being hot-housed?

Nosing around the web I stumbled on a new book that suggests parents need to let go of their children if they don’t want to mess up their character. It’s not the first that has suggested it is high time to give up the after-school, half term and holiday diet of yet more lessons and sessions, but it looks set to cause a big how-to-parent row when it is published in the UK in 2013.

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character by the amusingly named Paul Tough (he is after all seeing off the Tiger Mums) puts pushy mums on to the naughty step. Apparently – says the blurb:

Studies are increasingly showing that the qualities most likely to ensure a better degree, a better job and, ultimately, a more fulfilling life are perseverancecuriosityconscientiousnessoptimism, and self-control. These are qualities known to economists as ‘non-cognitive’, to psychologists as ‘personality traits’ but to the rest of us as ‘character’.

I reckon I’m going to enjoy the ideas in this book, so I’ve ordered it. But…

What do you think?

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3 Comments on “Is there a childcare book mums and dads MUST read?”

  1. nicola Says:

    From Facebook:
    Kelly “The only book I’ve read that makes any sense is ‘How to talk so kids will listen, and listen so kids will talk’. It’s brilliant. And very old…”

    Nicola Baird It sounds great, maybe when I next come around I can have a little peek at it. Thanks.

    Kelly “Sure. They’ve also written another one called ‘Siblings without Rivalry’ which is also good.”

  2. nicola baird Says:

    More from facebook;
    Pete “So You’re Going To Be A Dad by Peter Downey, an Aussie bloke, was good for me, as was Babywatching by Desmond Morris. Rachel Cusk is the worst…”

    Kelly “Could not agree more about Rachel Cusk…”

  3. I’m not sure about having a MUST read book, I’m wary of such labels 🙂

    But I did read and find the following helpful:

    Raising Great Kids by Dr Henry Cloud and Dr John Townsend
    The Mom You’re Meant To Be by Cheri Fuller
    Bringing Up Boys by Dr James Dobson
    “What to Expect” series by Heidi Murkoff et al

    and of course, the Bible.


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