by Sue Palmer
Category: Home, Family & Health / Family & Health
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 3 May 2006
Number of pages: 368
Children throughout the developed world are suffering: instances of obesity, dyslexia, ADHD, bad behaviour and so on are all on the rise. And it's not simply that our willingness to diagnose has increased, there are very real and growing problems. Sue Palmer, a former head teacher and literacy expert, has researched into a whole range of problem areas, from poor diet, a lack of exercise and sleep deprivation to a range of modern difficulties that are having a major effect: television, computer games, mobile phones. This combination of factors, added to the increasingly busy and stressed life of parents, means that we are developing a toxic new generation. Sue Palmer's wonderful book illustrates the latest research from around the world - in Japan, for example, use of chopsticks is declining rapidly among children - and provides answers for worried parents as to how they can protect their families from the problems of the modern world and help ensure that their children emerge as healthy, intelligent and pleasant adults. Toxic Childhood is an enormously important book that reveals the issues behind our general concerns that 'things are getting worse' and shows how you can make sure that your own children suffer as little as possible.
What the papers say:
'A fascinating account of the problems facing kids today... it contains solid parenting advice on subjects ranging from diet to childcare.' SAINSBURY'S MAGAZINE 'A splendid book that draws together a vast swathe of the most authoritative research from a whole range of fields and disciplines ... that together explain 'the worsening behaviour of children and the explosion in numbers of special needs pupils' THE MOTHER 'Every parent should read this book, as it does contain a wealth of information you should know' EVENING HERALD
Sue Palmer is a writer, broadcaster and consultant on the education of young children. A former head teacher, she lectures widely around the world, and is an independent adviser to many organisations, including the BBC and the DfES.
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