The Office of College Counseling invites faculty, staff, parents, and the community to join us virtually on Thursday, April 1, at 7:00 p.m. to spend the evening with guest authors William Stixrud Ph.D. and Ned Johnson as they discuss their book, "The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives".
This book is available for purchase at the Ivy Bookshop. The Ivy Bookshop offers both curbside pickup and shipping options through our website. Click here to order.
About Authors, William Stixrud Ph.D. and Ned Johnson, and their book, "The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives".
When "The Self-Driven Child" authors William Stixrud and Ned Johnson began comparing notes years ago, they discovered a common problem among their young clients: kids were stressed. Many complained that they felt powerless to shape their own destinies. Some stumbled in high school, while others hit college and unraveled. William 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 a sense of control.
In their book and their talks, William and Ned offer a combination of cutting-edge brain science, the latest discoveries in behavioral therapy, and case studies drawn from the thousands of kids they've helped. Armed with this research, they advise that parents and educators adopt a consultant's role rather than a manager to give kids more responsibility for their own life decisions even before they leave home. Evidence strongly suggests that age-appropriate autonomy is vital for young people’s mental health—it helps them sculpt brains that are resilient, resourceful, and ready to take on new challenges.