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Raising Real People

Raising Real People
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Three mothers were sitting on a park bench. The first sighed. The second groaned. The third said, ‘I thought we weren’t going to talk about the children’. A lot of sweat, turmoil, tears, wailing and gnashing of teeth have gone into Raising Real People. Thankfully, most of it hasn’t been mine. This book is not only based on research but also on thousands upon thousands of stories of parents who have developed cunning methods for raising their children. This updated version of the book expands my thinking on what is going on for the current group of young people, the ‘Click and Go’ generation. Parenting them and motivating them is a very different ball game from the issues that faced parents in previous generations. The way that we protect them from the ‘nasties’ of life – violence, selfharm, drug abuse – while guiding them towards leading fulfilling lives, is the trickiest job around. You can’t learn parenting from a book. What you can learn is how other parents in similar situations have handled some of the issues you face and then use this to come up with a version that works in your family. I hope this book inspires you to develop your own bold style of parenting. I’d like to open it with one of my favourite stories: A mother was fed up with her son’s use of a popular swear word beginning with the letter ‘F’. ‘Every second word he said was F’ing this and F’ing that and to be honest, I was F’ing sick of it,’ she told me. ‘So eventually I told him, ‘Each time you use that word I’m going to kiss you.’ ‘Last Saturday morning we were out shopping and he used the “F” word, so I laid the biggest, the smoochiest, the most motherly kiss you’ve ever seen on him, in public. Since then, every time he seems close to swearing he looks across at me with a worried look on his face and stops.’
Australian Council for Educational Research; January 2002
222 pages; ISBN 9780864314246
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