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It's Ok to Go Up the Slide

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It's Ok to Go Up the Slide

Renegade Rules for Raising Confident and Creative Kids

By Heather Shumaker

Tarcherperigee, Paperback, 9780399172007, 384pp.

Publication Date: March 8, 2016

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When it comes to parenting, sometimes you have to trust your gut.

With her first book, It's OK Not to Share, Heather Shumaker overturned all the conventional rules of parenting with her "renegade rules" for raising competent and compassionate kids. In It's Ok To Go Up the Slide, Shumaker takes on new hot-button issues with renegade rules such as:
- Recess Is A Right
- It's Ok Not To Kiss Grandma
- Ban Homework in Elementary School
- Safety Second
- Don't Force Participation
Shumaker also offers broader guidance on how parents can control their own fears and move from an overscheduled life to one of more free play. Parenting can too often be reduced to shuttling kids between enrichment classes, but Shumaker challenges parents to reevaluate how they're spending their precious family time. This book helps parents help their kids develop important life skills in an age-appropriate way. Most important, parents must model these skills, whether it's technology use, confronting conflict, or coping emotionally with setbacks. Sometimes being a good parent means breaking all the rules.


About the Author
Heather Shumaker is a national speaker on parenting and early childhood topics, and is the author of It's OK Not to Share. An advocate for free, unstructured play in homes and schools, she lives in northern Michigan with her family.


NPR
Sunday, May 29, 2016

Heather Shumaker and Stephanie Land are two parenting writers with different ideas about how class and conventional wisdom shape the modern view of parenting. More at NPR.org

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