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A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting

reviewed by David Anderegg - February 16, 2009

coverTitle: A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting
Author(s): Hara Estroff Marano
Publisher: Broadway Books, New York
ISBN: 0767924037, Pages: 320, Year: 2008
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War stories. We all have them. No, I don't mean stories about real shooting-people wars. But those of us who work with parents, especially upper-middle-class parents, all swap war stories. These are the "can you believe this one?" or "how can people be so entitled?" stories that we accumulate as we encounter overprotective parents in the course of daily work. We share them only with each other because most of us who work with parents can't talk back. We can't give voice to our gut feelings, our natural outrage, for obvious reasons: if we are schoolteachers, or therapists, or college deans, we usually have to placate our clientele. They pay us to advise and guide them, and we try to convey advice without shaming. So it is with more than a little vicarious satisfaction that this beleaguered child professional encountered Hara Estroff Marano's book, A Nation of Wimps, which, even from... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 16, 2009
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15570, Date Accessed: 9/24/2021 11:57:17 PM

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  • David Anderegg
    Bennington College
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    DAVID ANDEREGG PhD is a child and family therapist in Lenox, MA and a member of the psychology faculty at Bennington College in Vermont. He also served for many years as the mental health consultant at Berkshire Country Day School. His most recent book is Nerds: Who They Are and Why We Need More of Them (Tarcher/Penguin, 2007). He also writes a blog on child development and parenting issues entitled "Young Americans" at www.psychologytoday.com.
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