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Because I Said So : Why society is childist and how breaking the cycle of discrimination towards children can change the world, Paperback / softback Book

Because I Said So : Why society is childist and how breaking the cycle of discrimination towards children can change the world Paperback / softback

Paperback / softback


'A vital read, not just for parents but anyone who values the next generation' Psychologies'A provocative new book which challenges every aspect of modern parenting' Daily MailSociety is making great strides in increasing awareness of oppression and injustice, but one group remains mistreated: children.

Commonly recommended parenting and discipline methods treat children in ways that would cause uproar if adults were treated similarly.

Children's needs and feelings are frequently dismissed and ignored by adults.

Children are taught to blindly obey adults in the name of 'respect', although respect is so rarely shown to them.

We are a society that is afraid of treating children kindly, as evidenced by the almost constant uproar and ridicule of the 'gentle parenting' movement.

In this timely book, bestselling author and parenting expert Sarah Ockwell-Smith blends childcare history, sociology, psychology and current affairs to raise awareness of childism - the unconscious discrimination of children in our world - and why it impacts everybody.

Essential for parents, carers, teachers and anybody who works with children, Because I Said So! is both a thought-provoking guide and an urgent call to action.

It will help you to understand your own upbringing and how this has shaped your beliefs and behaviour; prompt you to consider the prevalence of childism in society today, so that you can change the way you look after the children in your care or reinforce the approach you are already taking; and consider how we can transform the way our society treats children to create positive, lasting change for generations to come.

Childism is an issue that has been ignored and avoided for far too long.

If we want to change the world for the better, we must start with treating our children better.


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