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Current Events Book Group – The Price of Privilege

Each month we will choose books that cover diverse opinions about events occurring in the world—economic, political, social and international and enjoy the discussion that ensues. John Dolan of Greenwich Connecticut has been leading book discussion groups like this one for several years and has graciously agreed to lead ours. We know the conversation will be lively and edifying.

The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids. By Madeline Levine

From Publishers Weekly
A practicing psychologist in Marin County, Calif., Levine counsels troubled teens from affluent families, and finds it paradoxical that wealth—which can open the door to travel and other enriching opportunities—can produce such depressed, anxious, angry and bored teenagers. After comparing notes with colleagues, she concluded that consumerism too often substitutes for the sorts of struggles that produce thoughtful, happy people. If objects satisfy people, then they never get around to working on deeper issues. The teen years are supposed to be a time for character building. Avoiding this hard work with the distraction of consumer toys can produce “vacant,” “evacuated” or “disconnected” teens, Levine believes. She is particularly useful when explaining common parenting dilemmas, like the difference between being intrusive and being involved, between laying down rules and encouraging autonomy. Alas, while Levine pitches to the educated moms, since they do much of the actual child-rearing, she may be preaching to the choir. Those who need her most may be too busy shopping to pick up such a dire-looking volume. Still, school guidance counselors should be happy to have this clear, sensitive volume on their bookshelves. (July) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


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