|A Peek into the Future||From: Save the Future Now|
The one book every parent, teacher, coach, and youth worker should read.
This landmark book paints a compelling—and sobering—picture of what could happen to our society if we don’t change the way we lead today’s teens and young adults. Research-based and solution-biased, it moves beyond sounding an alarm to outlining practical strategies to:
■ Guide unprepared adolescents to productive adulthood
■ Correct crippling parenting styles
■ Repair damage from (unintentional) lies we’ve told kids
■ Coach them toward real success instead of superficial “self-esteem”
■ Adopt education strategies that engage (instead of bore) an “i" generation
■ Pull youth out of their “digital” ghetto into the real world
■ Employ their strengths and work with their weaknesses on the job
■ Defuse a worldwide demographic time bomb
■ Equip Generation iY to lead us into the future
|Stop Lying. Your Children Need the Truth||From: Maurilio Amorim|
Tim Elmore’s new book “Generation iY” has messed me up lately, particularly the chapter on amending the lies we told Generation iY. According to Tim, these are well intentioned platitudes we say to our children in order to encourage them, to build their self-esteem but at their core, they are lies that will potentially wreak havoc as kids get old. According to him, “we have lied to manipulate, and often we have lied out of love. We’ve even taught young people to lie to themselves. . . in ways that will eventually sabotage them as a young adult.”
|Lying: Detailed Definition|
If a man could be described as a zoological type,
he would be described as a lying animal.
People pretend that they know all sorts of things:
■ about God,
■ about the future life,
■ about the universe,
■ about the origin of man,
■ about evolution,
■ about everything;
■ but in reality they do not know anything, even about themselves.
And every time they speak about something they do not know as though they knew it, they lie. 
 Gurdjieff in The Fourth Way, p. 38
The Psychology of Man's Possible Evolution p. 31
|Lying to Your Kids||From: WebMD|
By Marissa Cohen
Originally published on June 11, 2009 on goodhousekeeping.com
Like most parents, I am trying to teach my kids that honesty is always the way to go. But truthfully? There are times when I'm such a liar that my pants are undeniably on fire.
- I recently swore to my 5-year-old, Molly, that the letter she'd left under her pillow really had been spirited away by fairies who lived in our flowerpots.
- I lied to my girls about the real reason their uncle was getting divorced, and
- I cringe just thinking about the day they'll ask, "Mom, did you ever smoke pot?"
(My answer will remain no, regardless of what my college roommate tells you.)
|How to Mess up Your Kids||From: The Doctor Will See You Now|
Parenting is one of the most popular areas of self-help these days. For many, parenting books are purchased while the child is still in utero. The last few decades have brought a lot of new discoveries about child development, child behavior, and the nature of the parent-child relationship, some of which have been extremely important. But the volume of information can be overwhelming.
So we decided to focus on what parents shouldn't do.
We asked some of the best-known experts in the field what they see as some of the prime ways parents can mess up their kids. From child psychologist to child psychiatrist to child doctor, the experts gave us the low-down on what harms and helps kids. Here are their top 12 things that you should avoid doing to help your child develop into a happy, confident, and well-rounded little person.
|The High Cost of Tiny Lies||From: Sam Harris Blog|
Last Christmas, my friends Mark and Jessica spent the morning opening presents with their daughter, Rachel, who had just turned four. After a few hours of excitement, feelings of holiday lethargy and boredom descended on the family — until Mark suddenly had a brilliant idea for how they could have a lot more fun.
Jessica was reading on the couch while Rachel played with her new dolls on the living room carpet.
“Rachel,” Mark said, “I need to tell you something very important… You can’t keep any of these toys. Mommy and I have decided to give them away to the other kids at your school.”
A look of confusion came over his daughter’s face. Mark caught Jessica’s eye. She recognized his intentions at once and was now struggling to contain her glee. She reached for their new video camera.
|Is It Okay for Parents to Lie to Their Kids?||From: The Atlantic|
Is It Okay for Parents to Lie to Their Kids? China's Parents Say Yes
New research suggests that while a majority of American parents admit to lying to their kids, almost all Chinese parents do — and Chinese parents tend to see less harm in it, too.