Friday, September 30, 2011

Kindle edition of Welcome to Your Child's Brain

Some of you have been asking about the Kindle version of our new book. It was bit slow getting here, but it's now available. So if you want the book right this minute, we're pleased to announce that you can get it.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Appearance at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park

Northern California folks, please join me at Kepler's tomorrow (Tuesday the 27th) for a discussion of children's brains. I'll talk about what you can do to improve your child's self-control and other building blocks of success in adulthood. Also, how people are like crabgrass - and why that's a good thing!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Saturday morning on Fox and Friends

Tomorrow (Saturday) around 7:45am, Sam will be on Fox and Friends to talk about how children's brains are active learners, and that for their healthy development, parents should relax...

P.S. Here's a link to the video.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Children's brains are active learners

Baby Einstein doesn't work. Drama class teaches kids empathy. You can teach a kid willpower. What's the common theme? Children's brains are active learners. I discuss all this in two minutes flat with Shelley Goldberg on NY1.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Five myths about your child's brain

In today's New York Post, Sandra and I reveal five myths about children's brains - and replace them with useful facts.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Is failure the key to success?

Here's an interesting article in this weekend's New York Times Magazine about the efforts of two school administrators to promote the development of nonacademic skills, including self-control, social intelligence, and persistence. As Sam and I discuss in the book, these sorts of abilities are stronger predictors of success in life than IQ - and parents can do a lot to encourage their development. It's great to see schools starting to work toward the same goal.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Listen to us on Fresh Air - Wednesday Sept. 14

Tomorrow, Sandra and I will go on air with Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air about Welcome To Your Child's Brain. It was a fun interview - listen!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Instilling self-discipline...without Tiger Parenting


Over at BigThink, Jason Gots writes about a theme in an interview I did with them: "tiger parenting." The publication of Amy Chua’s 2010 book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother unleashed a parental firestorm in the form of a conflict between different ideas about parenting -- one promoting children’s self-esteem, the other prioritizing self-discipline.

As Sandra and I have pointed out in Welcome To Your Child's Brain, self-esteem for its own sake is overrated. But is Chua's approach the only way to build a key capacity in your child? The answer is no. Read on...