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She identified one of the fundamental principles of paranoid parenting: Parents today face strong social pressures to adopt a precautionary approach towards child-rearing.

Paranoid Parenting by Frank Furedi

As a father, I resent the climate of hysteria that makes it difficult for parents to take photos of their children during school plays or concerts and sporting activities. Kristin rated it really liked it Apr 11, The words ‘that night he felt like slamming her against the cot’ serve as a chilling reminder not to be deceived by appearances. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

Obsession with paedophilia Suspicion towards adult motives has become a pathology in British society. Furedi debunks infant determinism that therapy culture clings so hard to, and people who like to blame their parents for their failures probably won’t like this book! In the seven years between the first and second editions of Paranoid Parenting which is republished this monthchildrearing has become a veritable obsession for policymakers. Parents weary of glancing over their shoulders every time they fill a baby’s bottle or head for the park will find this a welcome departure.

A comparative study of children’s independent mobility concluded that there is far less parental supervision in Germany than the UK. A society that expects parents to teach children to avoid strangers and to regard them with dread is storing up big problems for the future. She takes one look at her son, grabs hold of him, gives him a yank and he is out. Twenty minutes later, bored with her easy victory over the disoriented adults, the girl leaves of her own accord.


We often live in neighbourhoods without neighbours. In fact the incidence of road injuries to children had decreased by 60 per cent during the previous 20 years. Paperbackpages.

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They are merely manipulating a dirty-minded world created by obsessive adults. An year-old man with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren provides a classic illustration of this dilemma:.

A climate of suspicion will not deter the child abuser, but it will undermine the confidence of all parents. When I got to the “Parents as Teachers” chapter, I threw my hands up in disgust, and I’m throwing in the towel. It should really come as no surprise that some children have begun to play off this general distrust of adults to make life difficult for those they don’t like. It might seem that not much has changed.

But if one thing above all others has created the conditions for today’s parenting crisis, it is the breakdown of adult solidarity.

Not one of them has attempted to pull Henry out. The British Scout Association faces a shortage of volunteer leaders.

I ran across this book in a blog post and decided to give it a read. Parents have always been concerned about protecting their children form harm. The planned pirate’s day on the beach ended up being confined to the school field – sea, sand and adventure confined to their imagination and many of its education aims undermined.

Frank Furedi: Paranoid Parenting – Overprotecting Our Children?

And it’s badly written: ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. The justification for this proposal was that it would make children confident about refusing the advances of a stranger.

The erosion of adult solidarity transforms parenting into an intensely lonely affair. In the advocacy group Families for Freedom interviewed parents.


A young girl cycles up to the group and plonks herself down in front of the group and refuses to move. In one case a rector at a village church was forced to disband a choir because of new guidelines on child protection. When those bonds are subjected to such intense suspicion, the ensuing confusion can threaten the very future of a community.

She is asked politely parsnting move, but still refuses to do so. When a pensioner reprimands a young girl for crossing the road when the light is red, he is backing up her parents’ attempt to teach, her the ways of the world.

Lord Puttnam, the inaugural chairman of the General Teaching Council has warned that when teachers are regarded as potential rapists and paedophiles their authority is seriously undermined. There is considerable evidence that children paranoidd more creative when their parents are not around to monitor their behaviour.

Although in England and Wales there is no statutory age at which it is illegal to leave your children unattended, a parent who is deemed to neglect, abandon or expose her children to danger can be liable to prosecution.

Even the time-honoured practice of using or year-olds eager to earn some pocket money through helping parents and dads look after their children is now dismissed as an act of gross irresponsibility. The isolation of parents is not simply physical. Taught me to be skeptical of articles that claim “research shows” parenting affects parening in certain ways. The finger points not only at other adults; British parents themselves have also come under suspicion.