Madeline Levine, Ph.D.

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Madeline Levine, Ph.D. appearance on Today Show, August 28, 2012

A fresh approach to parenting that emphasizes that every child is a work in progress

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Having It All Versus Having Happy Kids

Throughout the summer, The Takeaway has covered parenting and the notion of “having it all” from a number of approaches — from women, from men, and from those who think having it all is the wrong thing to shoot for.

How do children fit into this equation? How do they feel about parents who want everything — not just for themselves, but for their kids? Do parental high expectations get kids excited for a future of academic and personal achievement, or lead to other issues?

Madeline Levine is a psychologist and the author of “Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success” and “The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids.”

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New York Times – Sunday Book Review

For Levine’s latest book is, in fact, a cri de coeur from a clinician on the front lines of the battle between our better natures — parents’ deep and true love and concern for their kids — and our culture’s worst competitive and materialistic influences, all of which she sees played out, day after day, in her private psychology practice in affluent Marin County, Calif. Levine works with teenagers who are depleted, angry and sad as they compete for admission to a handful of big-name colleges, and with parents who can’t steady or guide them, so lost are they in the pursuit of goals that have drained their lives of pleasure, contentment and connection. “Our current version of success is a failure,” she writes. It’s a damning, and altogether accurate, clinical diagnosis.

Read the rest of the review here.

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‘Nuff Said

Demetri Martin, This is a Book

50 Simple Ways to Make Your Baby Smarter

Oh My. Making babies smarter?? Can you think of any age that IS smarter? Look at what they learn in a few short years. And they learn because they are ATTACHED to you, they care about you, they have explored, and touched and tasted! Not because you're trying to make them "smarter." Heaven help us. Thoughts anyone?

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Why “Study Drugs” Undermine Real Success

I was not surprised or outraged when I read Alan Schwarz's New York Times article on amphetamine use to boost grades. Anyone who has worked with teenagers these past few years is well aware of the abuse that is going on, regardless of predictable disclaimers from drug company officials or school administrators. The fact that the main abusers of amphetamines are high-performing students is perhaps not surprising in light of the fact that it is among the ranks of the most academically talented that cheating tends to be rampant.

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