Radio Program–June 26, 2006

Topic: Family Life–Who is Responsible–Just Parents or the Whole “Village” 

Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood by Susan Linn, available at the Warren Public Library The Surprising Power of Family Meals: How Eating Together Makes Us Smarter, Stronger, Healthier, and Happier by Miriam Weinstein.  “The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, known as CASA, has, as its mandate, finding ways to keep kids from destructive behaviors (the use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, as well as teen pregnancy). In 1996, CASA researchers ran a study to see what, if anything, differentiated the kids who engaged in these actions from those who did not. They talked to about twelve hundred teens, aged twelve to seventeen, and to an equal number of parents. They included all kinds of variables and factored out race, class, and ethnicity. The results were not what they expected at all. They found that, when it came to predicting kids’ behavior, eating dinner with family was more important than church attendance, more important even than grades at school. Available at the Warren Public Library. 

Crunchy Cons: How Birkenstocked Burkeans, Gun-loving Organic Gardeners, Evangelical Free-range Farmers, Hip Homeschooling Mamas, Right-wing Nature Lovers, and their Diverse Tribe of Countercultural Conservatives Plan to Save America (or at Least the Republican Party) by Rod Dreher. Available at the Warren Public Library

The War Against Parents: What we Can Do for America’s Beleaguered Moms and Dads by Sylvia Ann Hewlett and Cornel West (borrowed from the Regional Library, available in Warren for a few weeks.)  

Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety by Judith Warner, available at the Warren Public Library.

Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense by Ellyn Satter, available at the Warren Public Library 

Three other helpful books:

Tough Questions: Talking Straight with your Kids about the Real World by Sheila Kitzinger and Celia Kitzinger. (from the regional library, available for a few weeks)

You are Your Child’s First Teacher: What Parents Can Do With and For Their Children from Birth to Age Six by Rahima Baldwin Dancy, at the Warren Public Library.

Sleepless in America: Practical Strategies to Help Your Family Get the Sleep it Deserves: Is Your Child Misbehaving or Missing Sleep? By Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, at the Warren Public Library.

And one newspaper story: Experts Rip “Sesame” TV Aimed at Tiniest Tots: Producers Defend DVDs as Right for Under 2’s.

Vermont Online Library 

(call 496-3913 for the password, or ask at the library)

Under “parenting” I found a huge number of articles that support the “it is all the parents’ job” point of view.

“advertising and children” brought up a good selection of articles some defending ads directed at kids and some criticizing them.

Bringing up baby: where’s the line, and who should draw it, in advertising to children?. Wendy Melillo. 
        ADWEEK 47.7 (Feb 13, 2006): p14(3).


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