Hold on to your Kids

Hold on to your Kids

Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers

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This parenting classic on one of the most disturbing and misunderstood trends of our time--peers replacing parents in the lives of children--is now more relevant than ever. The latest edition includes new material on how social media and video game culture are affecting our children, and what parents can do.

In Hold On to Your Kids , Dr. Neufeld and Dr. Mat#65533; explore the phenomenon of peer orientation: the troubling tendency of children and youth to look to their peers for direction--for a sense of right and wrong, for values, identity and codes of behaviour. But peer orientation undermines family cohesion, poisons the school atmosphere, and fosters an aggressively hostile and sexualized youth culture. It provides a powerful explanation for schoolyard bullying and youth violence; it is an escalating trend that has never been adequately described or contested until Hold On to Your Kids . Once understood, it becomes self-evident--as do the solutions.

Publisher: Toronto : Vintage Canada, 2013
ISBN: 9780307361967
Branch Call Number: ANF 649.1 NEU 2013
ANF 649.1 NEU 2013
Characteristics: xvi, 332 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Maté, Gabor

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flaneur
Dec 28, 2016

Some part of this book's thesis is, of course, valid, but to the scientifically literate mind, it is very problematic. Neufeld uses very little support (and for the most part none at all) for his claims, some of which are not only extreme but actually run counter to established research. I fear the effect this book has when not consumed critically. It is fear-mongering and emotionally appealing, but it has little to stand on. Neufeld has never published anything in a scientific journal (that I could find), and this should ring alarm bells. If he had been honest about this book being based on his subjective practice and as having little scientific foundation, it would have been more palatable - though still problematic. However, he repeatedly states opinions as facts without any regard for the consequences of such over-confidence. The book also offers very little in the way of practical advice, hiding behind the idea that such a thing is not possible when organically applying attachment principles. Better to read the peer-reviewed research on parenting and attachment than to rely on a book filled with pseudo-science, false claims, and helicopter parenting fallacies.

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jane3
Mar 09, 2016

Most AWESOME book on child-rearing I ever read. it has created a relationship with my child that is better than any of my friends and their kids... These two men are brilliant and beautiful souls. Thank you Gordon Neufeld and GAbor Mate. <3

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rosemaria
Feb 24, 2016

Incredibly creepy text by two male authorities who compare the relationship to one's children to a romantic relationship and describe peer attachment as akin to sexual infidelity. Authoritarian, reactionary, hostile to the notion of children as people, and -- unsurprisingly -- repeatedly invokes the misogynist work of Robert Bly.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: "A very refreshing analysis of how to turn the tide against peers replacing parents in the lives of their children. Some central themes around building relationships and keeping children close, and a new chapter on keeping close in the digital age. A must-read for all parents!"

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matelo
Sep 29, 2013

I say this quite seriously - all new parents need to read this book, a full decade before their newborn will be entering the hallways of increasingly peer-oriented middle school. You will be glad you did and your kid will thank you for it when he or she is twenty.

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ms_jones
Jun 11, 2012

The information and insights contained in this book are priceless - it will change the way you parent, for good. The structure of the book is not perfect and the opening chapters can seem repetitious but they lay the foundation for the practical guidance towards the end of the book. The approach outlined in the book has transformed our family life by giving us the knowledge to make appropriate decisions on how our child spends his time and more importantly, who he spends it with.

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jvanderg
Apr 10, 2012

Awesome book, very practical and useful for anyone who is involved in caring for children including parents, extended family, teachers, and child care providers. It is a must read and it is life-changing.

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