IT’S OK TO GO UP THE SLIDE, Heather Shumaker

10 March, 2016

When it comes to parenting, sometimes you have to trust your gut.

With her first book, It’s OK Not to Share, blogger and national speaker on parenting, Heather Shumaker, overturned all the conventional rules of parenting with her “renegade rules” for raising competent and compassionate kids. In It’s Ok To Go Up the Slide:  Renegade Rules for Raising Confident and Creative Kids (Tarcher Perigee/March 2016), Shumaker takes on new hot-button issues with new “rules” such as:
-Don’t Force Participation
– Recess Is A Right
– It’s Ok Not To Kiss Grandma
– Ban Homework in Elementary School
– Safety Second

Shumaker also offers broader guidance on how parents can control their own fears and move from an overscheduled life to one of more free play. Parenting can too often be reduced to shuttling kids between enrichment classes, but Shumaker challenges parents to reevaluate how they’re spending their precious family time. This book helps parents help their kids develop important life skills in an age-appropriate way. Most important, parents must model these skills, whether it’s technology use, confronting conflict, or coping emotionally with setbacks. Sometimes being a good parent means breaking all the rules.

“In her thought-provoking new book, Shumaker challenges some of our assumptions as parents and teachers. She shows us clearly and candidly what kids truly need. This is a helpful and inspiring read for anyone concerned with raising the next generation of healthy children.”
—Michael Gurian, author of The Wonder of Boys and The Wonder of Girls

“Heather Shumaker, the agent-provocateur of the young childhood set, is back in fine form with It’s OK to Go Up the Slide. By refusing to accept received wisdom without questioning it, Shumaker makes the reader think about what children really need when it comes to safety, homework, technology, and interpersonal interactions. She’ll provoke you to think afresh in places where you didn’t even think there was a choice.”
—Lawrence J. Cohen, PhD, author of Playful Parenting

“The fact that Heather Shumaker stops to re-examine almost all the conventional wisdom about childhood to figure out which of it is based on anything other than, ‘That’s just how it’s done’ makes her my hero.”
—Lenore Skenazy, author of Free-Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry)

“Sensible and provocative. This book will turn notions about kids, families, and schools upside down. From homework to strangers to technology, Shumaker tackles all the big topics facing the preschool to elementary set. Do your family or classroom a favor and grab this book.”
—Amy McCready, author of The “Me, Me, Me” Epidemic and If I Have to Tell You One More Time…

 go up the slide.”
—Anthony DeBenedet, M.D., coauthor of The Art of Roughhousing

“I’m in love with Heather Shumaker’s new book, It’s OK to Go Up the Slide—it’s going to rock boats, challenge thinking, and nudge adults in the right direction when it comes to early learning. The book’s Renegade Rules often swim against the current of conventional thinking, but they are based on solid research, shared with warmth and humor, and come with ample ideas for implementation. This is a must-read for both parents and early learning professionals.”
—Jeff A. Johnson, coauthor of Let Them Play