Mental Health and the Pampered Generation
November 25 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Some Consequences of the Culture of Entitlement.
Over the past few years, there has been a significant increase in the number of diagnosed “mental disorders” in the school-aged population, resulting in intensified awareness of and sensitivity to the need to nurture our children’s mental health. At the same time, today’s youngsters are living in a pervasive culture of entitlement, where everything is given and little is expected in return, where privileges are mistaken for “rights,” and where the goal seems to be to keep them happy at any cost. This session explores various mental health issues in terms of the impact of today’s parenting and educational philosophies, how we have come to this point, and what adults can do to be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.
Dr. Maggie Mamen is an award-winning psychologist and best-selling author who works with children of all ages and their families. Prior to establishing a multi-disciplinary private practice in Ottawa in 1990, she worked in university, hospital and school board settings, and was the first elected President of the College of Psychologists of Ontario. In addition to her clinical work, she enjoys presenting seminars to parents, teachers and other professionals, both nationally and internationally. Her best-selling book, The Pampered Child Syndrome, has been published in seven languages. She and her husband are relieved that their three children made it to adulthood relatively unscathed, and are now the proud grandparents of four delightful little ones.