Psychologist Madeline Levine brings together cutting-edge research and thirty years of clinical experience to explode once and for all the myth that good grades, high test scores, and college acceptances should define the parenting endgame.
Parents, educators, and the media wring their hands about the plight of America's children and teens—soaring rates of emotional problems, limited coping skills, disengagement from learning and yet there are ways to reverse these disheartening trends. Teach Your Children Well acknowledges that every parent wants successful children. However, until we are clearer about our core values and the parenting choices that are most likely to lead to authentic, and not superficial, success, we will continue to raise exhausted, externally driven, impaired children who believe they are only as good as their last performance. Real success is always an inside job, argues Levine, and is measured not by today's report card but by the people our children become fifteen or twenty years down the line.
Refusing to be diverted by manufactured controversies such as "tiger moms versus coddling moms," Levine confronts the real issues behind the way we push some of our kids to the breaking point while dismissing the talents and interests of many others. She shows us how to shift our focus from the excesses of hyperparenting and the unhealthy reliance on our children for status and meaning to a parenting style that concentrates on both enabling academic success as well as developing a sense of purpose, well-being, connection, and meaning in our children's lives.
Teach Your Children Well is a call to action. And while it takes courage to make the changes we believe in, the time has come, says Levine, to return our overwrought families to a healthier and saner version of themselves.
Teach Your Children Well is a good book to read but please don't take it as 100 percent correct in all areas. Read morePublished 29 days ago by E. Ervin
I liked how practical tips where provided like how to set family goals of what 3 things we want our kids to have when they leave the nest. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hiptxgirl
great book -- I was able to follow what was talked about without feeling like I'd need a PhD to understand the book.
I could relate
Amazing! Madeline's writing is witty, easy-to-read and clear. As a mom who is worried about her children's childhood being stolen from them by loads of homework, I totally... Read morePublished 4 months ago by K. M. Haisman
Thank you! I love the book and it helps me big time working with my son.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book, direct and honest. Madeline Levine brings humor to a serious issue which is regreshing.Published 9 months ago by Athena
Nothing earth-shattering that I can think of, but filled with lots of clear examples and (more importantly) explanations for why some padticular advice is given. Read morePublished 9 months ago by J. Diaz