What Does Success Look Like?

Brad M. Griffin | Mar 11, 2011

Someone recently pointed out Stanfords Challenge Success program. Despite the fact that its through an elite university (which does seem ironic), the programs motto is championing a broader vision of success for youth. To be more specific:

We challenge the conventional, high-pressure, and narrow path to success and offer practical alternatives to pursue a broader definition of success.

The program cites all kinds of research about how both education and parenting practices feed into frenzied living. This pattern results in high anxiety and other emotional and physical health problems. Heres a list of all kinds of adverse affects of our version of success on kids. Theres also a helpful list of ideas for parents on how to reverse the trend.

On the cusp of the weekend, heres one stat that stands out: Kids today have 12 hours less free time each week than they did in 1981, despite the fact that unstructured downtime is still critically important to healthy development. What can you skip this weekend to give your kids or the kids you serve more free time to explore other ways to succeed?

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, blogger, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and the series Can I Ask That?: 8 Hard Questions about God and Faith. Brad and his family live in Southern California.


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