Harvard psychologist Richard Weissbourd argues incisively that parents - not peers, not television - are the primary shapers of their children's moral lives. Through the author's own original field research, including hundreds of rich, revealing conversations with children, parents, teachers, and coaches, a surprising picture emerges. Parents' intense focus on their children's happiness is turning many children into self-involved, fragile conformists. Our fixation with being great parents - and our need for our children to reflect that greatness - can actually make them feel ashamed for failing to measure up.
Weissbourd's ultimately compassionate message, based on compelling new research, is that the intense, crisis-filled, and profoundly joyous process of raising a child can be a powerful force for our own moral development.
"In this ardent and persuasive inquiry, Weissbourd, a Harvard psychologist, warns that 'happiness-besotted' parents do children a disservice by emphasizing personal fulfillment over empathy....Drawing on extensive field research, Weissbourd makes the case that parents, as models of behavior, must be vigilant about their own moral choices." -- The New Yorker
|Publication Date||Sep 3, 2010|
|Category||Life Skills, Parent / Child Relationships, Physical / Emotional Development|
|Parenting Books Age||Infant to Preschool, Child / School Age, Pre-Teen, Teen|