A Good Childhood : Searching for Values in a Competitive Age, Paperback

A Good Childhood : Searching for Values in a Competitive Age Paperback

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Every day the newspapers lament the problems facing our children - broken homes, pressures to eat and drink, the stress of exams.

The same issues are discussed in every pub and at every dinner party.

But is life really more difficult for children than it was, and if so why? And how can we make it better? This book, which is a result of a two year investigation by the Children's Society and draws upon the work of the UK's leading experts in many fields, explores the main stresses and influences to which every child is exposed - family, friends, youth culture, values, and schooling, and will make recommendations as to how we can improve the upbringing of our children.It tackles issues which affect every child, whatever their background, and questions and provides solutions to the belief that life has become so extraordinarily difficult for children in general.

The experts make 30 specific recommendations, written not from the point of view of academics, but for the general reader - above all for parents and teachers.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Child care & upbringing
  • ISBN: 9780141039435



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This is a well written and compelling presentation of a comprehensive analysis of the life of children in the UK in 2007 / 2008 carried out by a panel with a wide range of experience in child development issues. Based on a combination of original research and the output of a wide range of other studies into healthy child development, this report speaks with a significant level of authority. The recommendations it makes for improving the life experiences of our children are practical and specific. These recommendations are presented throughout the book, focussing on different areas of life. They are also restated at the end, grouped by who needs to take responsibility for delivering them. I found this to be particularly helpful. The report concludes by suggesting that all the recommendations are founded on three words: love, respect and evidence. Not a bad place to start, I reckon.

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