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February 17, 2005

Diane Rehm - Parents, Kids and Stress

I was listening to the Diane Rehm Show on NPR as I drove to campus today. Her topic was Parents, Kids and Stress.

The debate continues about whether what's best for parents is the same as what's best for kids. We'll talk with the authors of two new books about the pressures facing families today.

The guests were:

Mary Eberstadt, research fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, author of Home Alone America: The Hidden Toll of Day Care, Behavior Drugs, and Other Parent Substitutes
Judith Warner, author of Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety

For those of you that missed it you can listen with Real Player here. Or you can order copies, click here for information, then look for this specific show.

The authors, particularly Eberstadt, touched on some of the issues that I am keenly concerned with as I look at teens today. The ideas of limited parental involvement, the over use of medication, the incidence of self-mutilation and drug/alcohol abuse. She also made a excellent point that I had not reached and will be thinking on. In short she observed that modern parents not only spend less time with their children, in fact they spend less time with children and teens in general. What this means is that they have less awareness of how children and teens in general act...what is within the range of normal. So when their child does not react as they think they should, or as their memories say they would have acted - never a good indicator - they are quicker to think that something is "wrong" with their child or teen. Deeply troubling. The observation was also made that we are undoubtedly passing these traits on to the next generation as well. Time will show the effect and possible solutions.

I will be adding the Eberstadt book to my future reading list. When quals are completed.

Posted by prolurkr at February 17, 2005 02:11 PM

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