Book Review: Raising Children – the Primary Years, by Liat Hughes Joshi and others

Review Date: 17th February 2011

Review by: Will Roney

Is there a book that will answer all your questions about parenthood? There are millions of us up and down the country who are looking for one. If only we knew what to do in a given situation, then life would become so much easier. Apart from the fact that if we knew everything to know about raising children, there would be no fun left, and book would have to be bigger than the internet to discuss all possibilities.

‘Raising Children – The Primary Years’ is one of the latest books on the market designed to cater for a forgotten age range. The ages between 4 and 11 years old have been largely overlooked in the race to provide answers for the very young, and the teenagers in our society. This book takes the transition time between the two and gives it a good looking at.

The author, Liat Hughes Joshi,  has recruited a pair of psychologists to talk to parents and to provide insight into this interesting age. It is notable that the book is peppered with comments and quotes from parents, to reinforce or illuminate the point that the writers are trying to make. This does not make for a fluid book to read, but it gives each section a little coating of reality that most parents can identify with.

With sections on Friends, School, Sleep, Growing up Fast and Money, there is a whole load of parenting advice provided between the covers. But I suspect that one section that will gain a lot of attention is how to strike a healthy balance between gadgetry and the internet, and making sure that your child grows up in a straightforward manner.

This is a book that we have been looking out for, and it does not disappoint. The ages between 4 and 11 are possibly the most important in a child’s life as they provide foundations of the rest of their lives that will be remembered forever. This book will be an invaluable guide for parents looking to find some answers in this interesting time.


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