2-1 | Under Pressure: Rescuing Our Children from the Culture of Hyper-Parenting

Book Review

Under Pressure: Rescuing Our Children from the Culture of Hyper-Parenting

Carl Honoré
New York: HarperOne, 2008. Resources, notes, index. 291 pp. $24.95 cloth. ISBN: 9780061128806

A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting

Hara Estroff Marano
New York: Broadway Books, 2008. Notes, index. 307 pp. $23.95 cloth. ISBN: 9780767924030

Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children

Tom Farrey
New York: ESPN Books, 2008. Appendices, notes, index. 383 pp. $24.95 cloth. ISBN: 9781933060460

by W. George Scarlett

First Paragraph:

Some people believe that if the next generation is not, indeed, going to hell, it is on some kind of downward trajectory created by bad parenting. These days some of those expressing such opinions know how to write, how to organize their arguments, and how to present their facts, all in a way that makes the age-old complaint seem less sentimental and even, somehow, scientific. At least this is so of the authors of three recent books on, respectively, the culture of hyperparenting, invasive parenting, and parenting obsessed with raising star athletes. Let us consider all three books together because all three authors see the way so many parents raise children to satisfy their own egos as a growing worldwide problem.