It has been said that “Affluence is a handicap we must help our children overcome.” This book, subtitled “How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids,” would certainly support that viewpoint. Based on the author’s observations in her 25 years of practice as a clinical psychologist, we can see that material possessions and excessive consumerism make a poor substitue for parental time and involvement. Want to give your kids a leg up on life? Eat dinner with them regularly and require them to do chores. Research has shown that those two investments of time and energy pay huge dividends in terms of helping children become stable, healthy, happy, and successful adults.
The Price of Privilege