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The Self-Driven Child: An Evening With The Authors

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A conversation about the relationship between teen stress/anxiety and parental control.

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Labyrinth, Princeton Learning Cooperative, the Princeton Public Schools, and Princeton Common Ground invite you to a conversation about the intricate relationship between teen stress/anxiety and parental control with Bill Stixrud and Ned Johnson, authors of the best selling book, The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control over Their Lives.

A few years ago, Stixrud and Johnson started noticing the same problem from different angles: Even high-performing kids were coming to them acutely stressed and lacking motivation. Many complained they had no control over their lives. Some stumbled in high school or hit college and unraveled. Stixrud is a clinical neuropsychologist who helps kids gripped by anxiety or struggling to learn. Ned is a motivational coach who runs an elite tutoring service. Together they discovered that the best antidote to stress is to give kids more of a sense of control over their lives. But this doesn’t mean giving up your authority as a parent. In their groundbreaking book, they reveal how you can actively help your child to sculpt a brain that is resilient, and ready to take on new challenges.

“Instead of trusting kids with choices…many parents insist on micromanaging everything from homework to friendships. For these parents, Stixrud and Johnson have a simple message: Stop. “ --NPR

William R. Stixrud, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist and founder of The Stixrud Group. He is a member of the teaching faculty at Children’s National Medical Center and an assistant professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine. Ned Johnson is the president and founder of PrepMatters. A professional tutor-geek since 1993, Mr. Johnson has devoted in excess of 35,000 hours in one-on-one test prep for nearly the entire alphabet of tests. His experience includes work with all ages and abilities.

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