Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids by Madeline Levine

The author of this book is a psychologist who works with teens from affluent families. She noticed that although her clients had tons of resources and opportunities, they still felt empty, depressed, and anxious.

She argues that teens who are over-scheduled, accomplished, and never have to deal with any kind of problem-solving (because their parents swoop in and take care of everything) are actually stunted in their development as people. They don't have the time, support, or even the chance to figure out who they are and to develop their inner lives.

I don't think this book is just for wealthy parents. I think it can apply to any parent. There's lots of good parenting information (like a breakdown of ages and developmental stages and what kids need from their parents during each stage). The author also encourages parents to continue growing themselves into independent, strong, and content people...and have a that their own "success" and identity isn't dependent on the outcomes of their children.

Recommended for any parent, future parent, teacher, or anyone who might be interested in reading about how our very techie and consumerist culture may actually be making us more unhappy and disconnected from ourselves and others.

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