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Toys against God

Turmoil in the Toybox
Phillips
1986

Did you know that Barbie, GI Joe, and Rainbow Brite are out to corrupt your children?

We have featured our guy Phil sharing his SHOCKING truth about Saturday cartoons that will corrupt and ruin your children. He also has a thing against dinosaurs. This stuff is the equivalent of Christian click bait. This time our guy Phil wants to talk about the cult influences of the toys. If you were a kid in the late 1970s and early 1980s, all of your favorite toys have been outed as evil influence by Mr. Phillips. Right now, you could be walking around with all this evil inside of you and NOT EVEN KNOW IT!

who cares for baby

“The Kids Are Alright”

Who cares for the baby?
Choices in Child Care
Glickman and Springer
1978

This was still in a collection as of this writing. Of course it is outdated and weed worthy for a public library. Since it is more academic than practical, it might have a place in some archive or academic library. This topic really chaps me personally, since I struggled with working and parenting decades ago. It is even more awful that this situation hasn’t improved.  Sadder still, it hasn’t really changed since this book was published. Since the authors include research on the USSR and China in this book, I am sure that any success would be discounted since we are talking about Communists.

child care

How to Choose and Use Child Care

How to Choose and Use Child Care
Reynolds
1980

This isn’t too bad of a title, but the book is more on philosophy of what you need in child care.  The book reads as if every parent has a variety of options and an unlimited budget. There is a particular emphasis on church sponsored child care, especially for supporting spiritual development. There is also a subtle judgment about mothers that need childcare. This one is for the weeding pile.

Don't sit on the kids

Don’t Sit on the Kids

Parents, Please Don’t Sit On Your Kids
A Parent’s Guide to Non Punitive Discipline
Cherry
1984

We have featured some truly awful parenting books on this site. Anyone remember this God, The Rod, And Your Child’s Bod we featured back in 2016? You might have tried to suppress the memory. Not only is that title awful, the contents are even more frightening. Or how about this one from 2010?

Thankfully, there is an antidote to the above books. Please don’t sit on your kids is the polar opposite. It advocates a non violent, approach to discipline. The author puts responsibility squarely on the parents to model good behavior, and work through the issues with their children by using improved communication. Cherry was an innovator in education and her books are worthy of inclusion in larger public libraries and university collections. An average public library probably won’t need to keep something like this, but depending on the interest, you might have a case for retaining this item.I could live without that cover art, though. The children look like they were casting choices for Children of the Corn.

8 year old

Your Eight Year Old

Your Eight Year Old
Lively and Outgoing
Ames and Haber
1989

This is another one of those series about kids like we have featured in previous posts. My particular favorite is about your three your old child. The kid on the cover looks suspicious and probably is capable of world domination. Our eight year old girl on this cover is charming, and as a mother I remember eight years old as pretty good. Old enough to take care of stuff, but not yet a snotty teenager. These books do have a good reputation and were probably a solid addition to a collection back in the day. Although parenting advice is usually consistent, technology and other changes in our culture might warrant an updated version.

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Believe in your kid!

Awaken the Genius in Your Child
Tauraso and Batzler
1981

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale was the 1950s answer to self-help. It has been recycled through books like The Secret (2006) and a host of other self help gurus. This basic philosophy is about have a mental attitude where one expects good things to happen and that energy will be transformed into actual good things. This book takes that philosophy to children and parents. I see some serious problems as a parenting philosophy and the amount of guilt that might fall on parents and kids. I keep thinking this is the parenting version of this book. You will have great kids if you just BELIEVE it and wish only positive outcomes.