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 https://homemadekids.wordpress.com, or www.nicolabaird.com
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 perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, 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?