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The Parents We Mean To Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children's Moral and Emotional Development

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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.

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"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

Product Details

Author Richard Weissbourd
ISBN 0547248032
Publication Date Sep 3, 2010
Publisher Mariner Books
Language English
Category Life Skills, Parent / Child Relationships, Physical / Emotional Development
Parenting Books Age Infant to Preschool, Child / School Age, Pre-Teen, Teen