Dr. Madeline Levine and Head of School Adam K. Man
Spring Parents’ Weekend kicked off Thursday, April 21 with an insightful Parent Education Session from bestselling author Madeline Levine, Ph.D. The psychologist and international speaker spoke about “Raising Healthy Kids in an Unsettled World.”
Drawing from her nearly 30 years of experience as a clinician, educator, and author, Levine explained that the path to a fulfilling career is rarely a straight line. She noted that everyone has strengths and weaknesses and that placing a student in a school environment suited to his or her strengths often has a positive outcome. This must be balanced with allowing a child to work out solutions when he or she makes mistakes (“successful failures”). “Small, developmentally appropriate challenges prepare children for the challenges of life,” she said.
As a mother of three boys, Levine spoke from experience and eloquently closed the session by providing her overarching philosophy: “While we all hope that our children will do well in school, we hope with even greater fervor that they will do well in life. Our job is to help them know and appreciate themselves deeply, to be resilient in the face of adversity, to approach the world with zest, to find work that is satisfying, friends and spouses who are loving and loyal, and to hold a deep belief that they have something meaningful to contribute to the world.” After a question and answer time, the author signed books for all of the attendees.
Dr. Levine is the New York Times bestselling author of The Price of Privilege and Teach Your Children Well and has been a school consultant for many years. She is the co-founder of Challenge Success, a Stanford Graduate School of Education project providing families and schools the tools they need to raise children capable of reaching their full potential.
For more information, visit www.madelinelevine.com.
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