'Price of Privilege' author to speak to class

Raising 'well-balanced children in a fast-paced world' is topic of series for parents

Marin County psychologist Madeline Levine, author of "The Price of Privilege," is among the guest speakers in a parenting class to be offered by the Stanford University-based Challenge Success program.

"Raising well-balanced children in a fast-paced world" is the title of the six-week class, to be held on the Stanford campus Wednesday evenings from April 27 through June 1.

The $300 class is intended for parents of children 5 to 12 years old, according to the sponsoring organization.

Co-founded by Levine, Stanford University lecturer Denise Clark Pope and consultant Jim Lobdell, the Challenge Success program addresses the concern that performance pressure in and out of school leads children and teens to "compromise their mental and physical health, integrity and engagement in learning."

Challenge Success aims to "challenge the conventional, high-pressure, and narrow path to success and offer practical alternatives to pursue a broader definition of success."

In the class, instructor and elementary school counselor Kathy Ruwe, will discuss research on childhood stress and strategies to promote engagement and well-being for elementary and middle school children. Other topics will be handling homework, finding time for play, choosing extracurricular activities and promoting deeper family connections.

"This course is designed to help parents create a healthy balance between achievement and personal fulfillment for their children," the course description said.

Levine's 2006 book, "The Price of Privilege," explores her observation that "parental pressure and material advantage are creating a generation of disconnected and unhappy kids."

To register and pay for the class, visit the website Eventbrite.

— Palo Alto Online staff

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on Mar 16, 2011 at 7:39 am

This is a great class, however, I am afraid that people who really might benefit, will not be able to afford it. Is there scholarships available for those who can't afford the tuition?

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