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

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

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

Publisher: Viking

Release Date: 2018-02-13

Author: William Stixrud


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"It is not an overstatement to say that this is one of the most radical and important books on raising healthy, resilient, purpose-driven kids." - Madeline Levine, author of The Price of Privilege

"An invaluable resource for the thinking parent." - Lisa Damour, Untangled

"Compelling, revolutionary, and wise, The Self-Driven Child's message is one every parent needs to hear." --Tina Payne Bryson, co-author of The Whole Brain Child

"Read it. Your children will thank you." - Paul Tough, How Children Succeed


A few years ago, Bill Stixrud and Ned 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. Bill 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 this 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.

The Self-Driven Child offers a combination of cutting-edge brain science, the latest discoveries in behavioral therapy, and case studies drawn from the thousands of kids and teens Bill and Ned have helped over the years to teach you how to set your child on the real road to success. As parents, we can only drive our kids so far. At some point, they will have to take the wheel and map out their own path. But there is a lot you can do before then to help them tackle the road ahead with resilience and imagination.