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Their Name is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World is a thought-provoking parenting book written by Johann Christoph Arnold. It talks about what it is to be a child and how, as a parent, to consider what it means to be a child and foster that in your children.
About Their Name is Today:
Despite a perfect storm of hostile forces that threaten to deny children a healthy, happy childhood, courageous parents and teachers can turn the tide. Yes, we can reclaim childhood, says Johann Christoph Arnold, whose books have helped more than a million readers through the challenges of education and family life. In Their Name Is Today, he highlights drastic changes in the way our society treats children. But he also brings together the voices of dedicated parents and educators who are finding creative ways to give children the time and space they need to grow. Cutting through the noise of conflicting opinions, Arnold takes us to the heart of education and parenting by defending every child’s right to the joy and wonder of childhood.
I definitely found Their Name is Today to be thought-provoking and interesting to read. Their is so much that had me nodding along. One of the reasons we homeschool is because it does afford us the opportunity to let our children express themselves and just be who they are – children! They aren’t bound by rigid expectations according to their age and standardized tests that are just that – standardized. They’re not designed to allow children to be who they are – learn as they learn.
There were also things that had me shaking my head, though, too. For example, I agree partially with the chapter “In Praise of Difficult Children.” As a mother of three special needs children I often hear “they’re just being kids.” Having the same disorder as two of them (Sensory Processing Disorder), I know deep in my heart they struggle and helping them is important. Saying they’re “just being kids” and ignoring this need could be damaging.
I agree that there is much pressure to use medications and subdue “difficult children.” I agree with this and don’t feel that is the answer, but I don’t think refusing to acknowledge it is either. It’s VERY real. We work very hard to support and help our children – homeschooling instead of resorting to institutions that don’t understand them, spending much time with them, etc. I think it’s not only OK but important for them to understand their differences so they can learn to approach them as they see fit – with our help.
Overall, I definitely find it was definitely worth reading. In fact, I like reading books that with material I don’t always agree with because it does make me think deeply and pray over things. There is a lot of material in Their Name is Today that is fantastic, and I think it’s definitely worth reading for any parents, educators, or anyone that works with children!
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