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Press Release: Parenting, Inc.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Tara Kennedy, 646.307.5240 or tara.kennedy@hholt.com

“Like Judith Warner’s Perfect Madness, this sine qua non for new parents is highly recommended.”

Library Journal

Tell most parents of grown children what a bébéPod or an ExerSaucer is and you’ll get a confused expression of disbelief. Yes, it’s true: somehow, previous generations of parents got by without the hundreds of standbys listed on most baby registries today. So what is all this stuff and how is it changing the way we’re raising our children?

PARENTING, INC.: How We Are Sold on $800 Strollers, Fetal Education, Baby Sign Language, Sleeping Coaches, Toddler Couture, and Diaper Wipe Warmers—and What It Means for Our Children (Times Books/an imprint of Henry Holt and Company; April 1, 2008), by leading social critic and author of The Starter Marriage Pamela Paul, is an investigative look at how and why today’s parents are faced with an endless parade of gadgets, educational opportunities, toys, gear, and expert services deemed necessities to raising a happy, healthy, well-adjusted baby. With an anecdotal and entertaining style, Paul uncovers the unintended consequences of buying into so-called solutions to the sometimes uncomfortable and stressful moments in the lives of babies and their parents.

Observing the parenting industry from the inside, Paul describes how parents are assaulted by a whirligig of marketing hype, social pressure, and celebrity expertise, transforming the way they raise their children. In a consumer-driven parenting culture, she says, parents risk raising overprotected, overstimulated, and over-provided-for children—far from their intentions. Part investigative journey, part resource manual, and part empathetic read from a fellow parent, PARENTING, INC. offers crucial facts and freedom to every parent who wants to escape the spiral of fear, guilt, competition, and consumption that characterizes modern American parenthood.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Pamela Paul is the author of Pornified: How Pornography Is Damaging Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families and The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony. She writes for Time magazine and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Economist, Slate, Salon, Psychology Today, Health, Self, Ladies' Home Journal, Redbook, More, and Marie Claire, and she blogs for the Huffington Post. She and her family live in New York.

PARENTING, INC.

How We Are Sold on $800 Strollers, Fetal Education, Baby Sign Language, Sleeping Coaches, Toddler Couture, and Diaper Wipe Warmers—and What It Means for Our Children

by Pamela Paul

Times Books/an imprint of Henry Holt and Company

ISBN-10: 0-8050-8249-2 — ISBN-13: 978-0-8050-8249-2 — $25.00

April 1, 2008

 

 

 

 

For more information about Pamela Paul and her blog, appearances, and other books and articles please visit www.pamelapaul.com

Source: 
Times Books/Henry Holt
Date: 
Mar.11.2008