The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives

The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives

by William Stixrud PhD, Ned Johnson

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ISBN-13: 9780735222519
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/13/2018
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 32,465
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

William Stixrud, Ph.D. is a clinical neuropsychologist and a faculty member at Children's National Medical Center and George Washington University Medical School. He lectures widely on the adolescent brain, meditation, and the effects of stress, sleep deprivation, and technology overload on the brain. He has published several influential scientific articles and is on the board of the David Lynch Foundation.
Ned Johnson is the founder of PrepMatters, a tutoring service in Washington, DC, and the coauthor of Conquering the SAT: How Parents Can Help Teens Overcome the Pressure and Succeed. A sought-after speaker and teen coach for study skills, parent-teen dynamics, and anxiety management, his work has been featured on NPR, NewsHour, U.S. News & World Report, Time, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

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Table of Contents

Authors' Note ix

Introduction: Why a Sense of Control Is Such a Big Deal 1

Chapter 1 The Most Stressful Thing in the Universe 7

Chapter 2 "I Love You Too Much to Fight with You About Your Homework": The Parent as Consultant 28

Chapter 3 "It's Your Call": Kids as Decision Makers 53

Chapter 4 The Nonanxious Presence: How to Help Your Kids Find a Sense of Control by Finding Your Own 81

Chapter 5 Inner Drive: How to Help Your Kids Develop Motivation 106

Chapter 6 Radical Downtime 135

Chapter 7 Sleep: The Most Radical Downtime 152

Chapter 8 Taking a Sense of Control to School 172

Chapter 9 Wired 24/7: Taming the Beast of Technology 194

Chapter 10 Exercising the Brain and Body 222

Chapter 11 Navigating Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders 241

Chapter 12 The SAT, ACT, and Other Four-Letter Words 265

Chapter 13 Who's Ready for College? 285

Chapter 14 Alternate Routes 303

Onward 321

Acknowledgments 323

Notes 327

Index 353

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Shelly9677 More than 1 year ago
What a great book! The Self-Driven Child is thought -provoking, informative and grounded in sound research. The book includes practical and easy to understand depictions to explain what is happening to children when they are put under chronic toxic stress created by the pressures of social media management, increasingly pervading competitiveness and unreasonable academic expectations being placed upon them. Are parents focusing on achievement rather than agency? Is this focus on over-achievement ultimately harmful? The authors think so, and they should know. One author is a clinical neuropsychologist and a faculty member at Children's National Medical Center and George Washington University Medical School. The other author is a motivational coach and expert in teen anxiety management. Agency, as the authors point out, is THE primary factor in happiness and well-being. The book argues for more authoritative parenting, being supportive, but not controlling, acting as a consultant to help their children understand the benefits of positive and neutral stress and providing the tools to learn resilience, self-control and personal motivation in the face of toxic stress. The Self-Driven Child is a must-read for every parent.