Raising children in our society can be challenging and difficult.  How can we measure our success as parents and educators and raise happy, well-adjusted children and teenagers?  Author and psychologist, Dr. Madeline Levine, offers us precious advice in her book entitled Teach Your Children Well-Parenting for Authentic Success.  She offers us practical advice on how to make parenting choices that will lead to authentic, and not superficial success, which is based on the pressures of performance and leads to children being exhausted, stressed and externally motivated.  According to Levine, real success is based on more than our children’s last report card and extra-curricular achievements, it is always an ‘inside job’. We need to concentrate on enabling academic success as well as developing a sense of purpose, well-being, connection, and meaning in our children’s lives.

Manon Melanson, psychologist