A ‘groundbreaking’ new publication Cotton Wool Kids reveals the media-fuelled madness of paranoid parenting and exposes the truth behind the scary stories. 
In her new book, author Stella O’Malley provides mums and dads with the tools to free themselves from the treadmill of after-school activities and excessive supervision of youngsters. 
What sort of memories are parents creating for children today?  Will children remember with nostalgia hurried days being driven from school to dance class to GAA? Will hour upon hour of screen time be remembered with pleasure by children growing up today?  As a consequence of parents misguided bid to create the ‘perfect childhood’, are children missing out on long, leisurely days riding bikes, climbing trees and building huts with pals?  
Cotton Wool Kids gives parents the means to raise their children with a more relaxed and joyful approach, encouraging both parents and children to be more in touch with themselves, with the outdoors and with the community around them. 
Stella O'Malley is an accredited psychotherapist with over ten years’ experience as a mental health professional. Much of her counselling and teaching work is with parents and young people, and she has also written a series of articles on over-protective parenting for the Sunday Independent. She is originally from Dublin, working for many years in Co. Galway and now lives and works in Birr, Co. Offaly.
Cotton Wool Kids: What’s making Irish parents paranoid? is available in paperback at €14.99 and in eBook format from the usual outlets.
Here’s what columnist Brendan O'Connor had to say:
“For us paid-up members of the over-parenting generation, Stella O'Malley's common sense is a huge relief.”
Maura Derrane from RTÉ’s Today Show says 'A really good read for anyone out there, even new parents.’ 
While Pat Kenny called it simply ‘Groundbreaking’ 
Get your copy of Cotton Wool Kids in bookshops now or pick up your copy online here.



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