Earlier this week, I went to a parent education night at a school in our community, and listened to a riveting talk by Madeline Levine, author of The Price of Privilege. She painted a pretty dismal picture of the state of mental health of teens in our country these days. I’ll start you off with the depressing parts so that we can get them over with…and then you can learn about how you can make a difference.
Although parents want to “do right” by their children, there is a growing trend towards over involvement and micromanagement. Kids are over-scheduled, with every moment taken up by classes, extra-curricular activities, tutoring and homework. Parents feel pressure to compete with their friends and colleagues, and to have their children stand out from the crowd. It’s hard to imagine, but parents are building a “resume” for their children, which they falsely believe will set them up for a more successful future.
Continue reading at the What’s Cooking Blog; http://whatscookingblog.com/2010/02/26/connecting-the-dots-mealtime-and-mental-health-in-teens/
Michelle Stern, DooF’s Community Outreach Director, owns What’s Cooking, a certified green company that offers cooking classes for children in the San Francisco Bay Area. When she isn’t in the kitchen or at the computer, she’s the head chauffeur for her two children, dog walker to her two mutts, and chicken feeder for her backyard flock.