Pathways 2007: Overdrive: How Too Much Ambition Can Harm Kids
Overdrive: How Too Much Ambition Can Harm Kids
Suniya Luthar, Ph.D.
April 24, 2007 7:00pm - 9:00pm
All parents want the best for their children, but many could be putting their kids in harm's way as a result. Whether from an affluent background or just struggling to get by, parents today want the most for their children and often sacrifice a great deal to provide what they believe is the "ticket to success".
Pediatricians and psychologists report more and more kids, many of them for affluent families, coming to them stressed out, fatigued, and overwhelmed. The kids are under increasing pressure from their parents to be perfect; excelling in school, sports, and other extracurricular activities. Divorced from traditional supports such as extended family, religious institutions, and steady jobs, parents may seek their own sense of identity through their children. Experts say that parents may be over-invested in their children's success, which can cause anxiety for the child. Dr. Suniya Luthar found that parental and societal expectations of perfection are driving behavioral problems- including substance abuse- in wealthy suburban children, as well as in other populations. According to Luthar, "For many of us, I don't think we're aware of many of the risks and pressures that can arise, paradoxically, from trying to do the best for our children".
Join us as we hear more about this unique challenge affecting today's families. Dr. Luthar will present us with her research, and give us practical ways to shift the tide in our own families.
Advance Tickets: $18.00
Tickets at the Door: $20.00
Presented by ParentMap Magazine
Presenting Sponsors: Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center, KCTS
Major Sponsors: Overlake Hospital Medical Center, The Gates Foundation
Additional Sponsors: The Kirlin Foundation, Santoro's Books, Foundation for Early Learning (FEL), and The City of Mercer Island Youth & Family Services.
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Bellevue, WA 98004
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