We all know it: Baby Einstein is dead. Disney is offering refunds because of false claims that it would increase infant intellect. Maybe you have realized that a new trend is here – the slacker parent movement. The slacker parents is the opposite of the hyper parents, they give kids time to be kids and to be outside. They don’t believe in flash cards or hovering over the kids every minute. Let the kids be. It is not always easy to be a slacker parent, so it is good to have some great books to turn to sometimes.
For the slacker parent library you need a few groovy books to show you are serious, not just showing down
Last Child in the Woods. This book is starting to be considered a classic on outdoor play; it used to be my “bible “ whenever I had arguments with people about why nature is important for children.
It is seldom that one book makes an impact like the book Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv . It is a must book for parents to read and a perfect gift for parents who don’t think this is an issue or understands how important it is. Give them the book, I promise you attitudes will change.
Under Pressure: Rescuing Childhood from the Culture of Hyper-Parenting
by Honore: This book is not just about getting kids outside, it is about how much pressure our kids are under today. Honore is comparing different educational systems from all over the world. He also shows us how hyper parenting and over scheduling is common all over the world.
This is a funny book on a very serious matter. How kids are not aloud to have the freedom we had as children. Skenazy shows us with her research, what kind of impact this has on
children and gives practical tips for parents to change this.
This book shows how important unsupervised play is for children's health: social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.
Dr Helene Guldberg writes that children need to have space away from adults to play. Where they can play experiment and take risk.