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Children are cooped up, passive, apathetic and corrupted by commerce… or so we
Reclaiming Childhood confronts the dangerous myths spun about modern
childhood. Yes, children today are losing out on many experiences past
generations took for granted, but their lives have improved in so many other
ways. This book exposes the stark consequences on child development of both our
low expectations of fellow human beings and our safety-obsessed culture. Rather
than pointing the finger at soft ‘junk’ targets and labelling children as
fragile and easily damaged, Helene Guldberg argues that we need to identify
what the real problems are – and how much they matter.
We need to allow children to grow and flourish, to balance sensible guidance
with youthful independence. That means letting children play, experiment and
mess around without adults hovering over them. It means giving children the
opportunity to develop the resilience that characterises a sane and successful
adulthood. Guldberg suggests ways we can work to improve children’s
experiences, as well as those of parents, teachers and ‘strangers’ simply by
taking a step back from panic and doom-mongering.