There’s hope for childhood. Despite a perfect storm of hostile forces that are robbing children of a healthy childhood, courageous parents and teachers who know what’s best for children are turning the tide.
Johann Christoph Arnold, whose books on education, parenting, and relationships have helped more than a million readers through life’s challenges, draws on the stories and voices of parents and educators on the ground, and a wealth of personal experience. He surveys the drastic changes in the lives of children, but also the groundswell of grassroots advocacy and action that he believes will lead to the triumph of common sense and time-tested wisdom.
Arnold takes on technology, standardized testing, over stimulation, academic pressure, marketing to children, over-diagnosis and much more, calling on everyone who loves children to combat these threats to childhood and find creative ways to help children flourish. Every parent, teacher, and childcare provider has the power to make a difference, by giving children time to play, access to nature, and personal attention, and most of all, by defending their right to remain children.
My Thoughts: This book covers how we as a society have come to view and treat children. He analyzes education and parenting, as well as provides interviews and anecdotes from a wide variety of insightful men and women . He touches on a wide variety of points that I totally agreed with but hadn’t necessarily realized! This book has really awoken something inside of me, something that I guess I knew was there but didn’t want to admit…a need to make a change! To put in more time making sure my children’s lives aren’t ruled by technology, but by imagination and a true childhood experience full of innocence and exploration. I truly have realized that my children deserve more credit and aren’t just slaves to xbox, youtube and being spoiled by the mountains of toys thrown at their feet to pacify them. He also touches on so many other great points, including calling my attention to the amount of pressures we put on children at such a young age, something I also had never considered…I am now doing my best to remove and relieve those pressures from my children’s lives…they have plenty of time as adults for that sort of thing 😛
I have shared this book with many of my friends already and have posted its link to my educator friends through social media…I adore this book and am thankful beyond measure for being given the opportunity to read it.
Let’s let children be children! Let them play, let them explore nature and let them be filled with wonder and curiosity! And let us as a society take a step back and quit putting so much unnecessary pressures on our future, our greatest treasures…because as we many times forget , we need them, as Johann points out, probably much more then they need us!
About the Author
People have come to expect sound advice from Johann Christoph Arnold, an award-winning author with over a million copies of his books in print in more than 20 languages.
A noted speaker and writer on marriage, parenting, and end-of-life issues, Arnold is a senior pastor of the Bruderhof, a movement of Christian communities. With his wife, Verena, he has counseled thousands of individuals and families over the last forty years. His books include Why Forgive?, Rich in Years, Seeking Peace, Cries from the Heart, Be Not Afraid, and Why Children Matter.
Arnold’s message has been shaped by encounters with great peacemakers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, César Chavez, and John Paul II. Together with paralyzed police officer Steven McDonald, Arnold started the Breaking the Cycle program, working with students at hundreds of public high schools to promote reconciliation through forgiveness. This work has also brought him to conflict zones from Northern Ireland to Rwanda to the Middle East. Closer to home, he serves as chaplain for the local sheriff’s department.
Born in Britain in 1940 to German refugees, Arnold spent his boyhood years in South America, where his parents found asylum during the war; he immigrated to the United States in 1955. He and his wife have eight children, 42 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. They live in upstate New York.
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