By AM Northwest Staff
It shows how childhood has been hijacked by adults in a way never seen before in history and investigates how the natural instinct to want our children to have the best of everything and be the best at everything is backfiring on kids, parents and society as a whole. But the book is not all doom and gloom. On the contrary, it maps out how we can start rescuing childhood from the excesses of the early 21st century. By sifting through the latest scientific research and interviewing experts and families around the world, Under Pressure shows why parenting does not have to be a cross between a competitive sport and product development and why childhood does not have to be a rat race.
Childhood is always evolving and it has always been defined by adults. But we seem to have reached a point now where childhood is being warped more than ever before by adult fantasies and fears, anxieties and agendas. Every aspect of childhood — education, safety, discipline, sports, play, etc… — is now set up to suit grown-ups rather than children. We are living in a culture that tells us that childhood is too precious to be left to chlidren and children are too precious to be left alone.