Tuesday, October 05, 2004

The Pressured Parent

The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and LifeThere are lots of interesting and useful insights in this book. Not the least is helping me remember what school was like. The last chapter, Best Wisdom is by far the best. It offers valuable observations and advice.
FROM THE CRITICS
Publisher's Weekly
Few questions have been uttered more frequently by parents than "How was school today?" And few questions have been met with more blank stares, shrugs, lies or unhappy truths. In this compelling follow-up to the now-classic Mom, They're Teasing Me, Thompson attempts to put parents "back in touch with the gritty reality of being a child in school," prompting them to recall their own school memories: was it boring, scary, exciting or painful? This, Thompson believes, will help them better comprehend their children's experiences and support them more effectively. Despite the title, Thompson says this book is for "the pressured parent, which is every loving parent, no matter what kind of student your child is." With the demands of standardized tests, the fear of failing school systems and baggage from their own academic pasts, Thompson says, parents' concern about their children's educational welfare is ballooning into panic. As Thompson shadows several students from diverse backgrounds through their school days, a rather mundane-but significant-reality emerges: school is a difficult, unavoidable part of life, but parents can help by being calm, empathic and engaged. Though short on practical strategies, the book sheds light on what goes on behind classroom doors and urges parents to "value the truth of a child's experiences." Agent, Gail Ross. (On sale Aug. 3) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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