July 2005

Book review: Parenting for a Peaceful World, Robin Grille, Longueville Media, 2005

Parenting for a Peaceful World is a fascinating look at how parenting customs have shaped societies and major world events.  It reveals how children adapt to different parenting styles and how these early experiences underpin the adults they become.In this expansive book Robin Grille draws on revolutionary new research to argue that the safeguarding of children's emotional development is the key to creating a more peaceful and harmonious world.

Among other topics the book discusses the grave economic and social cost of authoritarian or emotionally neglectful parenting and education.  It examines how the excessive use of child care, or of discipline methods that employ corporal punishment or shaming, impact on mental health, substance addiction, bullying in schools and crime.

Parenting for a Peaceful World is available in New Zealand at http://www.embrace.net.nz/orderbook.htm

or direct from the author via www.our-emotional-health.com/book.html Extracts can be read on-line: Chapter 14: Religious Extremism - A parenting style (http://nospank.net/grille-ch14.pdf) and Chapter 15: Child-Rearing Reforms - the seeds of Democracy and human rights (http://nospank.net/grille-ch15.pdf).