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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (139 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Schlessinger Narrator: Laura Schlessinger Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2004 ISBN: 9780060755706
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Children's welfare is the driving force behind Dr. Laura Schlessinger's mission. A devoted mother to her son, Deryk, she identifies herself as "her kid's mom" because that's her most important job.

Never one to shy away from tough truths, Dr. Laura marshalls compelling evidence for the widespread neglect of America's children and convincingly condemns the numerous rationalizations to excuse it. Parents, special interest groups, and professionals in education and psychology all contribute to a dangerous trend that places adult fulfillment above obligation to children. Parenthood by Proxy addresses the serious causes and effects of this national crisis, among them the high rate of divorce, serial marriages, single parenting, the premature sexualization of children, dual-career families, disdain for religion, the redefinition of immoral behavior as lifestyle choices, and societal intolerance for the concept of judgment.

In Parenthood by Proxy, Dr. Laura exhorts parents to make their own children their top priority and, if necessary, to change their lives to do so. In her inimitable, straight-shooting style, Dr. Laura entreats parents to involve themselves in their children's hearts, minds, and souls, to cherish and protect them, and to commit to the essential task of teaching them right from wrong. She acknowledges that parents no longer get much support from neighbors or public and private institutions, but she urges mothers and fathers to work even harder to counteract the prevailing culture of selfishness and irresponsibility.

Parenthood by Proxy covers all aspects of parenting, from childbearing to discipline, from multiple families to being role models. Dr. Laura also tackles such cultural and societal concerns as abortion, modern sexuality, drug and alcohol use, violence, discipline, and a child's right to privacy.

Parenthood by Proxy is a passionate and provocative summation of the perils of parenting and a road map to safety for America's families.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Schlessinger is making an important point: Too many ‘upwardly mobile’ adults bear children, not with a sense of lifelong commitment, but rather in the way they might buy a King Charles spaniel or some other neat accessory to their well-appointed lives.”

    Time magazine

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/13/2013

    " Definitely a good read for parents today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trisha | 10/16/2013

    " Hooray for Dr Laura's courage to take a stand with boldness! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/13/2013

    " I liked this in general, but I just don't love Dr. Laura. I wish she would have quoted more hard facts instead of countless comic strips and stupid women's magazine articles. But I'd certainly say "amen" to her main point, which is that kids deserve to be raised by the people that love them most. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leilani | 8/2/2013

    " No one says it quite like Dr. Laura. Being a parent is the most important job we'll ever have--I want to do better! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucky Bug | 7/30/2013

    " Wow. If you want to read something that horrifies the reader more than any horror or suspense book try this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 5/10/2013

    " Very conservative in parenting views, while not going into minute detail. The underlined message in this book is to be present in your childrens' lives and that being a bad (or absent) parent is 100% your choice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dree | 11/30/2012

    " Eh. Some common sense, some incredible arrogance and cluelessness about what other peoples' circumstances may be, quite possibly through no fault of their own. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn | 10/19/2012

    " Dr. Laura is much more interesting to listen to that read. I find her writing difficult. I do agree with her premise that institutions do too much of the raising of our children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 5/20/2012

    " This book is about all the reasons you should stay home and raise your kids, rather than hiring day care or a nanny to do it for you. It convinced me! I'm glad that I was already a stay at home mom or I'd probably quit my job after reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrystal | 5/5/2012

    " Dr. Laura is always blunt, but usually right on the money! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annie | 12/5/2011

    " I read the introduction, that's all I really needed to read. I agree with the subtitle, but I could've just read that and gotten the same information. I couldn't finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chanika | 11/1/2011

    " I love Dr. Laura! She tells it to you straight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/5/2011

    " OK, I'll admit that I'm a huge DL fan. This book was great. It haven't read it in years... I think I'd like to pick it up again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 6/16/2011

    " A few years ago I won some essay contest for a local radio show. As a prize I got to go to the station and hear Dr. Laura speak. Abrasive, yes, but Schlesinger does make a lot of important points about the decline of the nuclear family and the importance of parents being parental. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucky | 2/7/2011

    " Wow. If you want to read something that horrifies the reader more than any horror or suspense book try this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 1/21/2011

    " I agree with a good 90% of what she says...but her craziness can get exhausting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annie | 8/6/2010

    " I read the introduction, that's all I really needed to read. I agree with the subtitle, but I could've just read that and gotten the same information. I couldn't finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/19/2010

    " OK, I'll admit that I'm a huge DL fan. This book was great. It haven't read it in years... I think I'd like to pick it up again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leilani | 11/21/2009

    " No one says it quite like Dr. Laura. Being a parent is the most important job we'll ever have--I want to do better! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dree | 10/12/2009

    " Eh. Some common sense, some incredible arrogance and cluelessness about what other peoples' circumstances may be, quite possibly through no fault of their own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn | 4/7/2009

    " Dr. Laura is always very concise and outspoken - I think she's right on with this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 11/14/2008

    " This book is really depressing. I liked many of the points she makes but I already held the points of view prior to reading the book. "

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About the Author

Dr. Laura Schlessinger is one of the most popular talk show hosts in radio history, offering no-nonsense advice infused with a strong sense of ethics, accountability, and personal responsibility; she’s been doing it successfully for more than thirty years, reaching approximately 8.25 million listeners weekly. Her internationally syndicated radio program is also heard on Sirius/XM Radio and is streamed on the Internet and podcast via StreamLink. She is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books, which range from the provocative to the poignant. Her support of children and family values is legendary.