Monday, September 15, 2008

Dr. Daniel J. Kindlon Lecture September 17

Did you know that Dr. Daniel J. Kindlon is lecturing in the Wakelin room at the Wellesley Free Library on Wednesday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m.?

The lecture title is Too Much of a Good Thing: Raising Children of Character which is also the title of one of his books. His lecture and book reveal the results of a study called Parenting Practices at the Millennium (PPM). In essence, he found that parents give their children too much (spoil them), are too protective of them, and try to shield them from failure. The result is that children do not learn the developmental skills necessary to have worthwhile relationships. The program is sponsored by the Wellesley Youth Commission and the Wellesley Free Library. Make a reservation here or call 781-235-1610.

If you cannot make the lecture, read Too Much of a Good Thing or pick up one of his other books. Click on the titles below to read reviews of the books and place requests.

Too much of a good thing : raising children of character in an indulgent age by Dan Kindlon. 2001.
"We give our kids too much and demand too little of them." With these words, psychologist and bestselling author Dan Kindlon begins a journey that takes him from his groundbreaking research (with teenagers, parents, and educators) into an examination of the ways in which the emotional indulgence of parents deprives children of the opportunity to learn from adversity... Too Much of a Good Thing maps out the ways in which parents can reach out to their children, teach them engagement in meaningful activity, and promote emotional maturity and a sense of self-worth. (Book Jacket)

Raising Cain : protecting the emotional life of boys by Daniel J. Kindlon. 1999. In Raising Cain, Dan Kindlon, Ph.D., and Michael Thompson, Ph.D., two of the country's leading child psychologists, share what they have learned in more than thirty-five years of combined experience working with boys and their families. They identify the social and emotional challenges that boys encounter in school and show how parents can help boys cultivate emotional awareness and empathy--giving them the vital connections and support they need to navigate the social pressures of youth. (Publisher description)

Alpha girls : understanding the new American girl and how she is changing the world by Dan Kindlon. 2006. There’s a new type of teenage girl growing up in America today, and she is having a profound and beneficial influence on society. That’s the conclusion of Dr. Dan Kindlon, the widely respected child and adolescent psychologist and the coauthor of the bestseller Raising Cain. Dr. Kindlon supports his startling discoveries about the new "alpha girl" with groundbreaking research, including profiles, case studies, questionnaires and more. (Publisher description)

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