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  • Published: 13 June 2016
  • ISBN: 9780399172007
  • Imprint: Tarcher
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $26.99
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It's OK to Go Up the Slide: Renegade Rules for Raising Confident and Creative Kids


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When it comes to parenting, sometimes you have to trust your gut.

When it comes to parenting, sometimes you have to trust your gut.

With her first book, It's OK Not to Share, Heather Shumaker overturned all the conventional rules of parenting with her 'renegade rules' for raising competent and compassionate kids. In It's Ok To Go Up the Slide, Shumaker takes on new hot-button issues with renegade rules such as:

- Recess Is A Right
- It's Ok Not To Kiss Grandma
- Ban Homework in Elementary School
- Don’t Force Participation
- Safety Second
- Ban Homework in Elementary School

Shumaker also offers broader guidance on how parents can control their own fears and move from an overscheduled life to one of more free play. Parenting can too often be reduced to shuttling kids between enrichment classes, but Shumaker challenges parents to reevaluate how they're spending their precious family time. This book helps parents help their kids develop important life skills in an age-appropriate way. Most important, parents must model these skills, whether it's limiting technology use, confronting conflict, or coping emotionally with setbacks. Sometimes being a good parent means breaking all the rules.

  • Pub date: 13 June 2016
  • ISBN: 9780399172007
  • Imprint: Tarcher
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $26.99

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Praise for It's OK to Go Up the Slide: Renegade Rules for Raising Confident and Creative Kids

“In her thought-provoking new book, Shumaker challenges some of our assumptions as parents and teachers. She shows us clearly and candidly what kids truly need. This is a helpful and inspiring read for anyone concerned with raising the next generation of healthy children”

Michael Gurian, author of The Wonder of Boys and The Wonder of Girls

“The fact that Heather Shumaker stops to re-examine almost all the conventional wisdom about childhood to figure out which of it is based on anything other than, 'That's just how it's done' makes her my hero”

Lenore Skenazy, author of Free-Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry)


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