Teach your Children Well

Teach your Children Well

Parenting for Authentic Success

Book - 2012
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Psychologist Madeline Levine, author of the New York Times bestseller The Price of Privilege, 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.

Teach Your Children Well is a toolbox for parents, providing information, relevant research and a series of exercises to help parents clarify a definition of success that is in line with their own values as well as their children's interests and abilities. Teach Your Children Well is a must-read for parents, educators, and therapists looking for tangible tools to help kids thrive in today's high-stakes, competitive culture.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061824746
Branch Call Number: 649 .156 LEV
Characteristics: xxvi, 323 p. ;,24 cm

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danielestes
Mar 26, 2013

As author Madeline Levine asserts right from the start, Teach Your Children Well aspires to be the level-headed middle ground between the extreme parenting styles du jour the media is fawning over lately (i.e. "tiger moms versus coddling moms"). Micro-managing is not the answer, but neither is being a child's best friend over being a parent. To this end, she persuades us of a moderation and comes out ahead.

The core of the book moves sequentially from childhood through high school with Levine offering up plenty of practical advice and real-life examples. I was the most impressed by two areas she emphasized that made the whole book worth checking out. One is for the parent to listen every step of the way. Genuine, thoughtful listening. As a practicing psychologist as well as author, listening is no doubt a part of Levine's life, but nevertheless, she encourages the same standard for all parents. And two, how she addresses the sexual growth of teenagers in an honest and realistic way. This is a sensitive subject for many, and for Levine to speak unabashedly on sex gives her case a lot of weight.

The final chapter, the one titled "Editing the Script," really showcases Levine's enthusiasm for parenting as a beautiful work in progress. Her passion is the most evident here, but this section is also the most indulgent. Tightening it down to half its size or more would have made for a stronger sendoff.

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GummiGirl
Oct 08, 2012

Well written and helpful, especially for parents of teenagers. Among other things, it points out that peer pressure can affect adults as well as kids. The author is firmly on the side of less homework, more self-reliance, and affirming one's true family values.

ksoles Sep 01, 2012

According to psychologist Madeline Levine, children need to receive unconditional love, empathy, stimulating challenges, discipline and a safe environment that encourages curiosity in order to lead "satisfying, meaningful, and authentically successful lives." In "Teach Your Children Well," Levine draws on 30 years of both counselling and parenting experience to debunk the notion that solid grades, high SAT scores and prestigious college acceptances define achievement. Instead, Levine offers readers hands-on solutions to create an environment in which children can gain self-worth while avoiding distress.

Levine provides eye-opening, comic and sometimes heartbreaking case studies to illustrate new solutions to common parenting challenges. Her advice comes across as thoughtful, realistic and insightful and covers a wide range of ages. However, as another reviewer remarked, she targets her book to the American middle and upper class, those who have the means to send their children to university. SAT scores and US funding sources don't necessarily resonate with Canadian parents though, despite a narrow view of the population, "Teach Your Children" does have something to teach most parents.

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