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Motivating children to thrive and succeed: Inside the youth self-regulation crisis

April 25, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Join author Katherine Reynolds Lewis for a talk on parenting strategies that help children thrive and succeed, based on her book, The Good News About Bad Behavior. Katherine will share her book’s findings about the rising rates of youth behavioral and mood disorders—such as ADHD, anxiety and depression— and explain how successful discipline practices teach children the art of self-control. She spent five years investigating a crisis of self-regulation in modern children: observing families at the dinner table, meeting educators who are transforming the school experience for dysregulated children and studying the latest scientific research. She will share encouraging ideas for easing the biggest pain points parents experience, without resorting to punishments or rewards. By strengthening their connection, communication and capability, we can raise children who are self-disciplined, confident, mentally healthy and better equipped to handle the challenges they’ll face in life.

Katherine Reynolds Lewis is an award-winning journalist, speaker and author of The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever – And What to Do About It. Her work has appeared in the Atlantic, Fortune, Mother Jones, New York Times, Parents, Slate, USA Today, Washington Post and Working Mother. She’s been an O’Brien Public Service Journalism Fellow, MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow, and EWA Education Reporting Fellow. Residencies include the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Ragdale. A Harvard physics graduate, Katherine previously worked as a national correspondent for Newhouse and Bloomberg News, covering everything from financial and media policy to the White House. A biracial (White and Asian American) woman, she lives in the Washington D.C. area with her husband Brian and their three children.


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