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"[Sax is] sounding some alarms that we'd do well
to heed, and for our kids' sakes, I think sooner is better than later."—Chicago Tribune

"Dr. Leonard Sax's The Collapse of
should be required reading for all parents."—Dr. Nancy Kehoe, author of Wrestling with Our Inner Angels

guidelines are clear and well-supported."—Booklist

comprehensive breakdown of where parents have gone awry and how they can get
back on track to teach virtue and character to their children."—Kirkus

"The Collapse of Parenting is one of the best books I've ever
read on the subject of raising children. It's not written from a religious
perspective, but it's chock-full of information every parent should have."—National Catholic Register

"The Collapse of Parenting may sound
like a lone voice in the world of American parenting these days, but it's a
desperately needed one.... If you're going to read a single parenting book this
year, please make it this one."—Treehugger.com

you're going to read one book on parenting this year, make it The
Collapse of Parenting
by Leonard Sax."—New York Journal of Books

family unit is in unprecedented decline and under assault from a wide variety
of cultural forces. With years of experience and research working directly with
parents and children, Dr. Leonard Sax provides an important glimpse into
parenting in modern times, where it's gone wrong, and how to fix it. Being a
parent has never been more important and Dr. Sax explains how to avoid
parenting pitfalls and raise your children well."—Dr. Bill Bennett, former United States Secretary of Education

on years of extensive clinical practice and interviews with students and
parents internationally, Sax presents a sobering and alarming picture of the
collapse of parenting in this country. But he does not leave the reader without
hope; he offers simple, if not easy solutions, giving parents an accessible
guide to help them regain their rightful roles."—Dr. Nancy Kehoe, assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, and author of Wrestling with Our Inner Angels: Faith, Mental Illness and the Journey to Wholeness

is time for us to get real as a society. Dr. Leonard Sax has issued both a
warning and an encouragement for parents to take up their proper roles in
leading their children to a truly mature adulthood. His book is a highly
readable and well-informed challenge for us."—Dr. Timothy Wright, Headmaster, Shore School, Sydney (Australia)

The Collapse of Parenting

How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups

By (author) Leonard Sax

In The Collapse of Parenting, physician, psychologist, and internationally acclaimed author Leonard Sax presents data documenting a dramatic decline in the achievement and psychological health of American children. Sax argues that rising levels of obesity, depression, and anxiety among young people—as well as the explosion in prescribing psychiatric medications to kids—can all be traced to parents letting their kids call the shots.
Many parents are afraid of seeming too dictatorial and end up abdicating their authority rather than taking a stand with their own children. If kids refuse to eat anything green and demand pizza instead, some parents give in, inadvertently raising children who are more likely to become obese. If children are given smartphones and allowed to spend the bulk of their free time texting, playing video games, and surfing the Internet, they become increasingly reliant on peers and the media for guidance on how to live, rather than getting such guidance at home. And if they won't sit still in class or listen to adults, they're often prescribed medication, a quick fix that actually undermines their self-control. In short, Sax argues, parents are failing to prioritize the parent-child relationship and are allowing a child-peer dynamic to take precedence. The result is children who have no absolute standard of right and wrong, who lack discipline, and who look to their peers and the Internet for direction, instead of looking to their parents.
But there is hope. Sax shows how parents can help their kids by reasserting their authority—by limiting time with screens, by encouraging better habits at the dinner table and at bedtime, and by teaching humility and perspective. Drawing on more than twenty-five years of experience as a family physician and psychologist, along with hundreds of interviews with children, parents, and teachers across the United States and around the world, Sax offers a blueprint parents can use to refresh and renew their relationships with their children to help their children thrive in an increasingly complicated world.

Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D., is a graduate of MIT and the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned both his Ph.D. (in psychology) and his M.D. He is founder and executive director of the National Association for Single Sex Public Education (NASSPE). His scholarly work has been published in a variety of prestigious journals, including American Psychologist, Educational Horizons, Behavioral Neuroscience, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. He has been a featured guest on CNN, PBS, The Today Show, Fox News, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and many other national and international programs. He lives with his wife and daughter in suburban Philadelphia.

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