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Toxic Childhood: how modern life is damaging our children and what we can do about it
Is 21st century life damaging our children? In the last couple of decades, huge changes in adult lifestyles have affected the way we look after children, both at home and in school. Toxic Childhood explains how a toxic mix of side-effects of cultural change is affecting the development of a growing number of children. It also explains how a few simple adjustments to life-style can ‘detoxify’ children’s lives.

Detoxing Childhood: what parents need to know to raise bright, balanced children

Detoxing Childhood was written in response to parents’ requests for a quick, easy-to-read ‘self-help’ book dealing with the issues raised in Toxic Childhood. It’s based on the advice provided by experts during many years of research into the effects of modern life on child development and covers:
  • The vital importance of real food and real play for children’s development
  • Why sleep is essential to learning – and how to ensure children get enough of it
  • Childcare and education – what works best for different age-groups
  • Protecting children from aggressive marketing and the excesses of celebrity culture
  • The dangers (and benefits) of growing up in a multi-media ‘electronic village’.

21st Century Boys: how modern life can drive them off the rails... and what we can do about it

This is the first of two books about growing up in the modern world (the second, due for publication in 2011, is unsurprisingly called 21st Century Girls). 21st Century Boys looks at the particular problems facing boys, including:
  • The growth of developmental conditions such as ADHD and Asperger Syndrome which disproportionately affect boys, and the extent to which these may be the result of nature or nurture
  • The significance of one-on-one care in the first few years
  • Commercial pressures and their effects on boys and their families
  • The problems for boys of an early start to formal education and a pencil-and-paper test-based school culture
  • Problems for boys in a risk-averse society, including the decline of free-range play and a dearth of real-life role models as men withdraw from contact with children and young people
  • The potential ill-effects of a ‘culture of cool’ on adolescent boys
  • The social issue of ‘born losers’ in today’s competitive consumerist society, and the way ‘born winners’ may be perpetuating this problem.