Growing Up in Affluence:
Unique Pleasures and Unique Pressures

There are obvious advantages for a child to be raised in a prosperous home and community. There are resources and opportunities that are available to children that are beneficial to their development and their potential.

However, such communities also present unique challenges to children. The competitive and status-minded culture of these communities can unintentionally create an environment that is destructive to children's self esteem. This seminar will discuss these challenges and offer suggestions to minimize the negative impacts of affluenceand accentuate the positive impacts.


  • The learner will understand the potentially destructive nature of competition between and among children.
  • The learner will understand the basic concept of David Elkind's "Hurry Child" theory.
  • The learner will master strategies designed to assist the child in keeping affluence in perspective.