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The price of privilege : how parental pressure and material advantage are creating a generation of disconnected and unhappy kids

Author: Madeline Levine
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Explores the epidemic of emotional and psychological problems crippling America's privileged youth, identifying parenting practices that hinder self-development--exemplified by depression, substance abuse, anxiety, and other extreme ailments.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Madeline Levine
ISBN: 0060595841 9780060595845
OCLC Number: 62393252
Description: x, 246 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Why kids who have so much can feel empty --
Why we can't afford to trivialize the problems of privileged kids --
The magnitude of the problem --
Don't kids 'grow out of' adolescent angst? --
Don't kids from affluent families get all the help they need? --
The toxic brew of pressure and isolation --
Why parents' good intentions are not enough --
Money doesn't make us happier --
Allison: how affluence can get in the way of emotional development --
Materialism: the dark side of affluence --
The false promises of materialism --
Happiness is an inside job --
Kids with healthy selves are ready and able to 'own' their lives --
Kids with healthy selves can control their impulses: "I'm the boss of me" --
Kids with healthy selves can be generous and loving --
Kids with healthy selves are good architects of their internal 'homes' --
Tyler's story: whose life is it anyway? --
Knowing what really matters and what doesn't --
The magic years: ages 2 to 4 --
Masters of the universe: ages 5 to 7 --
How am I doing?: ages 8 to 11 --
What happened to my kid? ages 12 to 14 --
Workin on the 'real me': ages 15 to 17 --
Know your parenting style --
Cultivate warmth to protect emotional development --
Avoid the damage inflicted by criticism and rejection --
Firmness: being clear about your authority --
Monitoring: "Do you know where your children are?" --
Containment: letting your kids know when you mean business --
Flexibility: knowing when to skip the showdown --
It's easier when we start early (but it's never too late!) --
The difference between being 'in control' and being 'controlling' --
Bucking the tide: if everyone is doing it, that doesn't make it right --
Holding ourselves accountable --
The poison of perfectionism --
Overcoming myopia about the 'good life' --
Handling the isolation that makes us vulnerable to being bullied --
The threat of divorce and the potential loss of 'wifestyle' --
Samantha's story: dancing in the dark --
Acknowledging how very hard our job is --
Taking our problems seriously --
The fear of vulnerability --
The risks of staying unhappy --
Tend and befriend: the critical importance of friendships --
The distraction of the work debate --
Choosing what we can live with.
Responsibility: Madeline Levine.
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Explores the epidemic of emotional and psychological problems crippling America's privileged youth, identifying parenting practices that hinder self-development--exemplified by depression, substance abuse, anxiety, and other extreme ailments.

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