Parenting, Inc. How the Billion-Dollar Baby Business Has Changed the Way We Raise Our Children

ISBN-10: 0805089241
ISBN-13: 9780805089240
Edition: 2009
Authors: Pamela Paul
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Book details

List price: $22.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 3/31/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

"An entire industry preys on parental anxiety . . . Paul tries to lead us out of the catastrophization of childhood."The New York Times Book ReviewParenting coaches, ergonomic strollers, music classes, sleep consultants, luxury diaper creams, a never-ending rotation of DVDs that will make a baby smarter, socially adept, and bilingual before age three. Time-strapped, anxious parents hoping to provide the best for their baby are the perfect mark for the "parenting" industry.InParenting, Inc., Pamela Paul investigates the whirligig of marketing hype, peer pressure, and easy consumerism that spins parents into purchasing overpriced products and raising overprotected, overstimulated, and over-provided-for children. Paul shows how the parenting industry has persuaded parents that they cannot trust their children's health, happiness, and success to themselves. She offers a behind-the-scenes look at the baby business so that any parent can decode the claimsand discover shockingly unuseful products and surprisingly effective services.Paul's book leads the way for every parent who wants to escape the spiral of fear, guilt, competition, and consumption that characterizes modern American parenthood.

Pamela Paul is the author of Pornified: How Pornography Is Damaging Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families and The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony. A frequent contributor to Time and The New York Times, she has also written for The Washington Post, Slate, Psychology Today, Redbook, Self, Ladies’ Home Journal, and The Economist. She and her family live in New York.

Introduction: The Mother Load
Gearing Up
Target: Parents
Trouble in Toyland
Let Us Edutain You
Class Time
Pampered
Outsourcing Parenthood
Conclusion: The Bottom Line
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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