My original book review can be read here:
Ships Without a Shore: Book Review by ChristineMM
"I am a student and just read this book which filled me with self-reflection (although I am not yet a mother myself...) and forced me to take a good look at our society and the way we justify the choices we make for children. Your review is right-on in the various approaches and arguments Pierce makes in her text; it is filled with psychological, sociological, scientific and political connects as well as personal accounts as to the damaging effects the popular opinion has inflicted upon today's children. Dual working parents (or single-working) may find themselves in NEED for financial stability but what is more often neglected is the fulfillment of relational needs between parent and child at the expense of institutionalized care and structured activities. I do not believe that Pierce condones sports, arts or community groups, but rather is suggesting that we critically examine the amount of effort our children put into outside programs, rather than their personal and familial growth. The effects of 'over-worked' children are emotionally drained and uninterested teens who turn to destructive patterns to relieve themselves from boredom. If the mothers out there would go out and read this book, support Pierce's work, there would be a better understanding to the role of parenthood - hopefully our society will become more aware that parenting is a FULL-TIME job with the benefits being a well-rounded, loved child rather than being focused on the financial security from an income."
Methinks moleenbranden will make a fantastic mother. I can only hope she finds a worthy husband to be the father of her future children!