Sunday, May 22, 2016

Review of Parenting in the age of anxiety



Book Name   - Parenting in the age of anxiety

Author                  - Dr. Zirak Marker

Publisher              - Rupa Publications 

Number of Pages - 121

Publishing Year   - 2016

Edition                  - Paperback

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Rating : 3.0

Blurb

Parenting in the Age of Anxiety acknowledges that today’s generation is tormented by a number of issues exam stress, bullying, peer pressure, sexual uncertainty that can snowball into full-blown psychological conditions, from borderline personality disorders to anxiety and learning impairments. Added to this are specific early, emotionally fraught life experiences that demand coping skills, such as bereavement and adoption.
How should one help a child deal with a bullying in school? What should you do when your son is burdened with exam stress? How is a parent to deal with a depressed teen? Equally, is anxiety a two-way street, passed on from caregiver to child and vice versa?
Drawing from case studies, diary entries, letters and conversations, Parenting in the Age of Anxiety sensitively approaches each of the issues that distress growing children and offers valuable lifelines. This book reminds all guardians and nurturers to grant themselves the right to make mistakes and give their children the freedom to err and recover.


My Review

Parenting is always a complicated duty. If it's a duty,  obligation or sacrifice had always been  point of debate. Nevertheless, it has been an accepted fact that handling your kids through different stages of their life is a Herculean task. There had been umpteen number of books targeted at helping the parents . Yet the need for help has been never ending.

Parenting in the age of anxiety is a helping hand in tackling several issues faced by and from your child. Academic stress, bullying,  peer pressure, learning disability, borderline disorder, sexuality,  abuse, adoption, single parenting,  and finally parental anxiety are the topics touched. 

Each chapter starts with a case study- letters or diary notes of parent's and kids about various issues and how a solution was reached. While these narratives are inspirational, the solutions cited are not quite directive. They were almost similar to the psychological advices we can get to read in practically every magazines these days. Still if you're a parent in trouble, you will be happy  that you selected the book since it wouldgive you the motivation to face the inevitable.  
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the author


 


Dr. Zirak Marker is a renowned child and adult psychiatrist and psychotherapist with clinical training at the Westchester Medical Centre, New York University. He has been practising for fifteen years in the space of education psychology, guiding students with learning disabilities, developmental delays and autism. He is currently the CEO (chief executive officer) of the Aditya Birla Integrated School for children with different learning needs.
Dr. Marker consults for various schools in Mumbai and at the Saifee Hospital. He has conducted innumerable workshops and given lectures to students, teachers, parents and other professionals. For his outstanding contribution to children with learning disabilities, Dr. Marker has been felicitated by the Mancherji Edalji Joshi Memorial Trust and for his contribution to education, he has been awarded by the Zoroastrian Trust Funds of India.