Author(s): Sue Palmer
Children throughout the developed world are suffering: instances of obesity, dyslexia, ADHD, bad behaviour and so on are all on the rise. And it's not simply that our willingness to diagnose has increased; there are very real and growing problems. Sue Palmer, a former head teacher and literacy expert, has researched a whole range of problem areas, from poor diet, lack of exercise and sleep deprivation to a range of modern difficulties that are having a major effect: television, computer games, mobile phones. This combination of factors, added to the increasingly busy and stressed life of parents, means that we are developing a toxic new generation. TOXIC CHILDHOOD illustrates the latest research from around the world and provides answers for worried parents as to how they can protect their families from the problems of the modern world and help ensure that their children emerge as healthy, intelligent and pleasant adults.
The toxic brew that is damaging our children's health and brains - and what we can do to help them grow up healthy. TOXIC CHILDHOOD is an enormously important book that reveals the issues behind our general concerns that 'things are getting worse'. Sue Palmer is one of the UK's leading experts on childhood literacy. Covers issues from bullying to dyslexia, from ADHD to obesity. TOXIC CHILDHOOD offers powerful solutions to how we can help our children to have the best and healthiest upbringing by highlighting the key factors causing the problems. Like FAST FOOD NATION, this book brings a range of issues together in one accessible volume. 'A super child-rearing manual, founded in science, and bolstered by much reading, a lot of interviews and, most importantly perhaps, a long career in education' TES. 'TOXIC CHILDHOOD is extensively researched, fluently written and easily read. It is a guidebook for parents, grandparents and all who care about present and future generations' Tribune. 'A terrific book - and so timely' Anne Fine.
'Horribly convincing' INDEPENDENT
Sue Palmer is a writer, broadcaster and consultant on the education of young children. A former head teacher, she lectures widely around the world, and is an independent adviser to many organisations, including the BBC and the DfES.