The following are some tough questions the authors raise and give their answers to in The Irreducible Needs of Children:
• Relationships and Nurturing
Are American parents spending enough time interacting with their children? How much time with their parents do babies, toddlers, and older children need?
• Safety and Security
Does every child deserve to be a wanted child?
How do we balance the needs of the unborn with the rights of an addicted mother?
Are environmental toxins to blame for the increase in autism and learning disorders?
In the case of child abuse or neglect, when should we fight to preserve the family?
• Daycare and School
Is daycare a massive social experiment that damages children?
Should human development and childbirth education be part of every school curriculum?
Is home schooling the best for certain kids?
Should we mainstream special needs children?
What grading system should we use in our schools?
What class size is a good class size? How many adults are needed per child at each age?
How much time should a child spend doing homework in grade school, junior high, and high school?
• Adoption and Foster Care
How long should a biological mother be allowed to change her mind after releasing a baby for adoption? Should foster parents lose stipends if they are willing to adopt?
In a divorce, will joint physical custody hurt a child?
At what age can a child be separated from his or her primary caregivers overnight? For a weekend? For a week or two?
What guidelines should judges use for custody disputes?
Should mothers who give birth in prison keep their babies?
• Limits and Discipline
How much TV is too much TV?
Why is “tough love” a bad idea?
Is spanking child abuse?