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Price of Privilege How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids

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ISBN-10: 006059585X

ISBN-13: 9780060595852

Edition: N/A

Authors: Madeline Levine

List price: $15.99
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In this groundbreaking book on the children of affluence, a well-known clinical psychologist exposes the epidemic of emotional problems that are disabling America's privileged youth.
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Book details

List price: $15.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 7/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.31" wide x 8.00" long x 0.58" tall
Weight: 0.462
Language: English

America's New "At-Risk" Child
The Paradox of Privilege
Why Kids Who Have So Much Can Feel Empty
Why We Can't Afford to Trivialize the Problems of Privileged Kids
The Not-So-Hidden Mental Health Epidemic Among Privileged Youth
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
Achievement Pressure
Isolation from Parents
Why Parents' Good Intentions Are Not Enough
Why Money Doesn't Buy Mental Health
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
Why "Retail Therapy" Is an Oxymoron
Materialism and Unhealthy Competition
Happiness Is an Inside Job
How the Culture of Affluence Works Against the Development of the Self
What Is a Healthy "Self"?
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
Different Ages, Different Parenting Strategies
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
Working on the "Real Me"-Ages 15 to 17
Parenting for Autonomy
How We Connect Makes All the Difference
Know Your Parenting Style
Do As You're Told: The Authoritarian Parent
Do Your Own Thing: The Permissive Parent
We Can Work It Out: The Authoritative Parent
Cultivate Warmth to Protect Emotional Development
Good Warmth: Acceptance, Understanding, and Investment
Bad Warmth: Overinvolvement, Intrusion, and Parental Neediness
Understanding Why Praise Is Often "Bad" Warmth
Avoid the Damage Inflicted by Criticism and Rejection
Discipline and Control: The Tough Job of Being the "Bad Cop"
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"
Why You Have to Stand on Your Own Two Feet Before Your Children Can Stand on Theirs
Challenges to Effective Parenting in the Culture of Affluence
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
Having Everything Except What We Need Most: The Isolation of Affluent Moms
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
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index