Cotton Wool Kids: What’s making Irish parents paranoid? – New Book
Cotton Wool Kids:: What’s Making Irish Parents Paranoid? reveals the media-fuelled madness of paranoid parenting and describes how a more relaxed attitude to raising children can lead to happier, healthier families.
What has happened to Irish childhood? Parents are keeping their children indoors for fear of predators lurking around every corner and children are spending their days in front of screens or in supervised activities, over-controlled and growing steadily fatter and more unhappy.
But it doesn’t have to be like this. Commercial interests ensure that parents feel anxious and filled with fear simply to sell them more stuff, when in fact childhood has never been safer; the rates of child mortality, injury and sexual abuse are lower today than at any time since records began.
‘Cotton Wool Kids’ exposes the truth behind the scary stories and gives parents the information and the confidence to free themselves from the treadmill of after-school activities and over-supervision that has become common today. The author provides parents with strategies to learn how to handle the relentless pressure from society and the media to provide a ‘perfect’ childhood, and instead to raise their children with a more relaxed and joyful approach, more in touch with the outdoors and the community around them.
Stella O’Malley is an accredited psychotherapist with over ten years’ experience as a mental health professional. Much of her counseling and teaching work is with parents and young people and she has written a series of articles on over-protective parenting for the ‘Sunday Independent’. She is originally from Dublin, worked for many years in Co. Galway and now lives and works in Birr, Co. Offaly.
Cotton Wool Kids: What’s making Irish parents paranoid? is published in paperback at €14.99 and available in eBook format from the usual outlets.
Mercier Press is Ireland’s oldest independent publishing house, based in Cork. In 2014 Mercier Press celebrated 70 years in business.