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There’s hope for childhood.
Despite a perfect storm of hostile forces that are robbing children of a healthy childhood, courageous parents and teachers who know what’s best for children are turning the tide. Johann Christoph Arnold, whose books on education, parenting, and relationships have helped more than a million people through life’s challenges, draws on the stories and voices of parents and educators on the ground, and a wealth of personal experience. He surveys the drastic changes in the lives of children, but also the groundswell of grassroots advocacy and action that he believes will lead to the triumph of common sense and time-tested wisdom.
Arnold takes on technology, standardized testing, overstimulation, academic pressure, marketing to children, over-diagnosis, and much more, calling on everyone who loves children to combat these threats to childhood and find creative ways to help children flourish. Every parent, teacher, and childcare provider has the power to make a difference, by giving children time to play, access to nature, and personal attention, and most of all, by defending their right to remain children.
"Welcome reading for parents, grandparents, teachers, and all those who care deeply about nurturing the next generation." (Marian Wright Edelman, president, Children's Defense Fund)
"Stunning.... Who would have thought that there was anything new to say about childhood? Arnold surprises us at every turn." (Diane Komp, MD, professor of pediatrics, Yale University)
"Beautiful.... It is Arnold’s reverence for children that I love." (Jonathan Kozol)