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New book to help kids navigate our strange new world



Respected clinician Madeline Levine shows how sheltering kids too much is unhealthy for them

New book about kids and navigating our new world

When her ground-breaking book "The Price of Privilege" came out in 2006, respected clinician Madeline Levine was the first to correctly identify the deficits created by parents giving kids of privilege too much of the wrong things and not enough of the right things. Continuing to address the mistaken notions about what children need to thrive in "Teach Your Children Well", Levine tore down the myth that good grades, high test scores, and college acceptances should define the parenting endgame. "The Price of Privilege" has sold over 150,000 copies in all formats and both books were New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestsellers.
 
In her follow-up "READY OR NOT: Preparing Our Kids to Thrive in an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing World" (Harper Perennial), she continues the discussion, showing how these same parenting practices, combined with a desperate need to shelter children from discomfort and anxiety, are setting future generations up to fail spectacularly.

Increasingly, the world we know has become disturbing, unfamiliar, and even threatening. In the wake of uncertainty and rapid change, adults are doubling-down on the pressure-filled parenting style that pushes children to excel. Yet these daunting expectations, combined with the stress parents feel and unwittingly project onto their children, are leading to a generation of young people who are overwhelmed, exhausted, distressed—and unprepared for the future that awaits them. While these damaging effects are known, the world into which these children are coming of age is not. And continuing to focus primarily on grades and performance are leaving kids more ill-prepared than ever to navigate the challenges to come.

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But there is hope. Using the latest developments in neuroscience and epigenetics (the intersection of genetics and environment), as well as extensive research gleaned from captains of industry, entrepreneurs, military leaders, scientists, academics, and futurists, Levine identifies the skills that children need to succeed in a tumultuous future: adaptability, mental agility, curiosity, collaboration, tolerance for failure, resilience, and optimism. Most important, Levine offers day-to-day solutions parents can use to raise kids who are prepared, enthusiastic, and ready to face an unknown future with confidence and optimism.

"READY OR NOT" is the answer for parents, educators, and therapists who are hungry for tangible steps to help children grow up and become successful as self-actualized adults in the new and tumultuous world that is emerging in the 21st century.  

Dr. Madeline Levine, PhD, is a clinician, consultant, educator and speaker, and the author of the New York Times bestsellers, "The Price of Privilege" and "Teach Your Children Well". She is a cofounder of Challenge Success, a project of the Stanford Graduate School of Education that provides families and schools with the practical, research-based tools they need to create a more balanced and academically fulfilling life for kids. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and is the proud mother of three grown sons and a newly minted grandmother.  For more on Madeline Levine, visit her website.


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