SOCIAL SCIENCES

You Can’t F*ck Up Your Kids: A Judgment-Free Guide to Stress-Free Parenting

Atria. Mar. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9781982110130. pap. $16.99. CHILD REARING
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Journalist and founding editor in chief of Yahoo! Parenting, Powers parents two children herself and is the creator of the viral #NoShameParenting movement. She states that parenting today has become a blood sport, every decision fraught with anxiety and fear of judgment. Here, she tackles controversial parenting topics, including not breastfeeding, giving time outs, and letting babies cry it out. Parents are being too hard on themselves, and experts take advantage by using scare tactics fearful parents falsely buy into, argues Powers, who believes there’s no such thing as normal and that many parents stress about decisions that simply don’t have the impact they perceive they do.
VERDICT Whether or not readers agree with all of Powers’s ideas, she provides a thought-provoking look at parental judgment and solid ways for combatting it.

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