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PALO ALTO PARENT EDUCATION SERIES
The Self-Driven Child — The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Palo Alto High School –
Performing Arts Center,
50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301
All parents want children who are confident, self-directed, and goal-driven. In this presentation, authors Dr. William Stixrud, a clinical neuropsychologist, and Ned Johnson, a national test-prep expert, distill the latest research and share tools that parents can use to enhance a child’s drive, motivation, and healthy decision-making.
Parents, students, and educators welcome! Free admission and light refreshments. Spanish and Mandarin interpretation will be available.
Palo Alto Parent Education Series events are jointly sponsored by Paly PTSA and Gunn PTSA.
The Self-Driven Child, Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson
All parents want children who are confident, motivated and goal-driven. From different vantage points, 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 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 of a sense of 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.” —Scientific American
About the Speakers/Authors: 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.