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The Self-Driven Child—The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Contro...

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Palo Alto High School

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50 Embarcadero Road

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The Self-Driven Child, Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson

All parents want children who are confident, motivated and goal-driven. Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson saw kids struggling with a lack of enthusiasm and stress. Many complained they had no control over their lives. Some stumbled in high school or hit college and unraveled.

In this presentation, the authors distill the latest research and share tools that parents can use to enhance a child’s drive, motivation, and healthy decision-making.

William Stixrud, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist who helps kids gripped by anxiety or struggling to learn. Ned Johnson is a motivational coach who runs an elite tutoring service. Together they discovered that the best antidote to stress is to give kids more control over their lives.

“Children today are being denied a sense of controlling their own lives—doing what they find meaningful, and succeeding, or failing, on their own. Screen time, the authors say, is part of the problem, but so are well-meaning parents and schools, who are unwittingly taking from children the opportunities they need to grow stronger, more confident, and more themselves.”

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William R. Stixrud, Ph.D., is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, Scientific American, and Business Week.

Ned Johnson is the founder of PrepMatters, a tutoring service in Washington, DC, and co-author of Conquering the SAT: How Parents Can Help Teens Overcome the Pressure and Succeed. A sought-after speaker and teen coach, his work has been featured in TIME, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.

Palo Alto Parent Education Series events are jointly sponsored by Gunn PTSA and Paly PTSA.

** The Self-Driven Child (paperback version) will be available for purchase, book sales courtesy of Books, Inc., Palo Alto.

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