Vividly encapsulating the absurdities, heartbreaks, and possibilities of contemporary child rearing, this book shows how parents today are all too often caught up in a guilt-driven pendulum swing between parenting too little and parenting too much. Dr. Ehrensaft helps us imagine a society where we can overcome the treacherous balancing acts of work and family demands; where "good-enough" replaces perfect parenting, harriedness is traded for harmony, and children grow on a healthy continuum from infancy to adulthood.
Table of Contents
Foreword, Lillian B. Rubin
1. Perils of Parenting
2. Your Majesty, the Baby
3. And Baby Makes Three, or Is Baby Me?
4. Parenting by Guilt
5. My Toddler, the Doctor
6. Pampering Our Children toward Success
7. Parents Caught in the Traffic in Love
8. Use the Rod, Lose the Child
9. The Kinderdult
10. Toward Better Odds for Parenting
Diane Ehrensaft, PhD, is a noted developmental and clinical psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area. A professor of psychology at The Wright Institute, Berkeley, apracticing psychotherapist working with children and parents, and mother of two, she has lectured and published internationally. She is the author of Parenting Together: Men and Women Sharing the Care of their Children.