The Parents We Mean To Be

How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children's Moral and Emotional Development

by Richard Weissbourd

Hardcover, 241 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, List Price: $25 | purchase

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The Parents We Mean To Be
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How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children's Moral and Emotional Development
Author
Richard Weissbourd

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Through the author's own original field research, a surprising picture of the moral development of children emerges to confirm that parents' intense focus on their children's happiness is turning many children into self-involved, fragile conformists who feel ashamed when they fail to measure up.

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Yolanda Hilario and her younger teenage son, Noel, sit in their living room in South Central Los Angeles on Dec. 15. Hilario is trying to balance guidelines and independence for her two teenage boys. Dennis J. Provost for NPR hide caption

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