"David Elkind [is] one of psychology's leading lights."Washington Post
With the first edition of The Hurried Child, David Elkind emerged as the voice of parenting reason, calling our attention to the crippling effects of hurrying our children through life. He showed that by blurring the boundaries of what is age appropriate, by expectingor imposingtoo much too soon, we force our kids to grow up too fast, to mimic adult sophistication while they secretly yearn for time to act their age.
In the more than two decades since this book first appeared, our society has inadvertently stepped up the assault on childhood through the media, in schools, and at home. In this twenty-fifth anniversary edition of this classic, Dr. Elkind adds important new commentary to put a quarter century of trends and change into perspective for parents today, including a detailed, up-to-the-minute look at the Internet, classroom culture, school violence, and movies and television. Showing parents and teachers where hurrying occurs and why, Elkind offers insight, advice, and hope for encouraging healthy development while protecting the joy and freedom of childhood.
"A landmark book."Chicago Sun-Times
|Edition description:||25th Anniversary Edition|
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About the Author
David Elkind, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at Tufts University and the author of a dozen books, including The Hurried Child and All Grown Up and No Place to Go. He lives outside of Boston and on Cape Cod.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Today's child has become the unwilling, unintended victim of overwhelming stress" (Elkind, 2007, p.3). This is one of the opening statements that I read in the book "The Hurried Child" by David Elkind. It is true that in today's society we are rushing kids to grow up to fast. They are burdened by their guardian's worries and often are the ones being left to parent younger siblings or even themselves. As a society we are forcing kids to think that they need to grow up faster than they actually do. This is hurting the child and will leave them having to pay the price for something others have put on them. Not only will this affect the individual but it will also affect the society in which they live in. You will learn this and much more from reading this book. Some will be things that you would have never thought of before but are important to learn. It is never to late to change the way you raise or work with a child. In my readings I found a strong statement that I think is extremely important for others to hear. Elkind states on page 18 that "The contributors to teenage suicide are multiple and complex, but it does not seem unreasonable to suppose that some of the contemporary hurrying stresses on teenagers, from the competition for high grades and getting into good colleges, to the pressure to use drugs and become sexually active, contribute to the increase in the number of young people who take their own lives." Before reading the book "The Hurried Child" I would have never assumed that dressing children in "stylish" clothing would be hurting them. I see now however how it may. The book liked to point out that we are creating mini adults when we dress them in mini replicas of what we may wear.In this book they talk about the orderly progression of the contractual learning process and how it is made to fit around the parents schedules rather than fitting to the child's needs. I believe that this book should be read by all parents,teachers, and college students that want to work with children so that they can look out for habbits that may be hurrying their children. It was overall an interesting and good read!