The Spoilt Generation: Why Restoring Authority will Make Our Children and Society Happier by Aric Sigman

The Spoilt Generation: Why Restoring Authority will Make Our Children and Society Happier

Written by Aric Sigman

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In this book, Dr Sigman takes issues by the scruff of the neck, among them children's sense of entitlement, the effects of TV and computers, single-parent homes and 'blended' families, parental guilt and the compensation culture. He offers a clear practical message to us all - parents, grandparents, teachers and policy-makers alike - as to how we can redress the status quo, redefine our roles and together cultivate happier and better-behaved children.


The Spoilt Generation: Why Restoring Authority will Make Our Children and Society Happier by Aric Sigman

In the space of a few decades the way we parent has changed dramatically. Something we once did intuitively has become the subject of political fashion. As parents we are older and more time-poor than ever before, with the highest proportion of single-parent households in history. Our children are now spoiled in ways that go far beyond materialism. But they are suffering to a degree we never anticipated: we now have the highest rates of child depression, underage pregnancy and violent and anti-social behaviour since records began. Yet adults, at every level, have retreated from authority and in doing so have robbed our children of their basic supporting structures.

About the Author

Aric Sigman

Dr Sigman has worked on health education campaigns with the Department of Health and acted as advisor to the Institute of Personnel Management on health and psychology issues. He conducts seminars and public speaking. He currently gives talks to schools and parents on the effects of alcohol and other health issues, and he has recently written the Brain and Behaviour column for The Times Educational Supplement magazine.

Dr Sigman has also written and presented scientific documentaries for BBC1 and Radio 4 on the scientific basis of faith; the biology of hypnosis; and on the effects of too much choice, and for Dispatches on Channel 4 on the hidden detrimental effects of moderate dieting.

Dr Sigman travels abroad frequently to observe various cultures including Bhutan, North Korea, Mali, Borneo, Tonga, Myanmar, Laos, Iran, Vietnam, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Far Eastern Siberia, Sumatra, South Korea, Cambodia and others. Click here to see photos.

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1st October 2009




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