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How the children took power

This is a parenting title from Sweden which has caused quite a stir around the world. The author says that because of liberal parenting children in Sweden (and indeed throughout the world) have become brats who have few manners, are addicted to their electronic gadgets, don’t get enough sleep and often eat a poor diet choosing to graze on junk food rather than share a home cooked meal with family. He says that the solution to raising children in a good way is not to believe in a general idea, but to trust yourself to be a good parent – the most essential message in the book is to give parents the confidence not to feel guilty.

The author argues that having children should be fun – it should be enjoyable and not a trial.  Parents should be parents and not ‘buddies’ to their offspring and should not let them rule the household by dictating what we eat and what we watch on the television. Eberhard says that it is time to take back the initiative as parents, introduce firm ground rules and let the children be children – not mini-adults.
He uses a lot of scientific evidence to prove that children are far more resilient and more able to cope with adversity than we think and that we should let them have some independence without constantly worrying that we are damaging them. Children need to be praised – but they also need to understand the concept of winners and losers. And they need to understand that some people are better at things than others.
There are references to many international experts in the book and the author is willing to add more on local experts in each territory in which rights are sold. He can also add practical tips at the end of each section.

 The author is Swedish psychiatrist, David Eberhard, father of eight children and author of five bestselling books. He debates, provokes, and educates, often using humour as a weapon.

One of the reasons this book has attracted publicity even in countries in which it has not yet been published, is that this is not a problem just in Sweden but a problem all over the world. And although we think Asian parents have the monopoly on being strict – this is such a widely recognised problem in Korea that I have just had an auction there for the rights.  If you look at the feedback on the French website below, readers were basically saying At last!  Someone has finally spoken…. In an article in The Spectator, Toby Young, says ‘Sweden’s schools don’t sound that different from ours and Dr Eberhard’s observations clearly apply to plenty of British parents as well.’ 

Media around the world have covered this book, Wall Street Journal, The Times, The Telegraph and more. The book is sold to Sweden, Norway, Germany, Russia, South Korea, Estonia, Lithuania and Bulgaria.