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Cotton Wool Kids by Stella O’Malley

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Cotton Wool Kids by Stella O’Malley

We are all well aware of the stereotypical over-bearing Irish Mammy, but could this over-protectiveness be damaging a generation of children who are growing up with their every move monitored by their parents? Stella O’Malley’s new book Cotton Wool Kids seeks to investigate the effects of parental control on their childhood development

What are your best childhood memories? Many people remember with nostalgia time spent playing outdoors, unsupervised, free to take risks and have fun. Yet we are raising a generation of indoor children who we shuttle between organised activities, manicured parks and supervised play dates. We live in a world obsessed with safety, progress and development, where parents, afraid of predators lurking around corners are keeping their children indoors, supervised and over-controlled. But it doesn’t have to be like this. Childhood has, in fact, never been safer. In this ground-breaking book, psychotherapist Stella O’Malley seeks to explore how the modern approach to parenting is impacting childhood and family life in twenty-first-century Ireland. She also provides parents with strategies to handle the relentless pressure from society and the media, and to encourage them to raise their children with a more relaxed and joyful approach.

Stella O’Malley is an accredited counsellor and psychotherapist with over ten years’ experience as a mental health professional. Much of her counselling and teaching work is with parents and young people and she has written a series of articles on over-protective parenting for the Sunday Independent.

Charlie Byrne’s has copies of Cotton Wool Kids available in store for only €14.99, a highly interesting read for parents or anyone involved in working with children, be sure to pop in and get your copy soon or simply contact us to reserve one today!

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