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A clinical neuropsychologist and test prep guru combine cutting-edge brain science with insights from their work with families to make a radical new case for giving kids more control if you want to unleash their full potential. 

Many of us know we're putting too much pressure on our kids - and on ourselves - but how do we get off this crazy train? We want our children to succeed, to be their best, and to do their best, but what if they are not on board? 

A few years ago, Ned Johnson and Bill Stixrud started noticing the same problem from different angles: even high-performing kids were coming to them acutely stressed and lacking any real motivation. Many complained that they had no real control over their lives. Johnson runs PrepMatters, an elite tutoring service that teaches teens how to perform better on standardized tests. Stixrud is a clinical neuropsychologist who helps patients suffering from ADHD, anxiety, eating disorders, and depression. Both have devoted their lives to coaching kids and they have hit on a counterintuitive solution to unlocking their full potential: even at a young age kids need to feel that their views matter. They need more agency. A healthy motivation hinges on having a strong sense of control. So how do you do that without giving up all authority as a parent? 

The Self-Driven Child offers a combination of brain science, the latest discoveries in behavioral therapy, case studies drawn from the thousands of children and teens Stixrud and Johnson have helped over the years, and concrete advice that you can act on tonight to teach you how to unlock your children's potential and set them on the real road to success. We can only drive our children so far. At some point, they have to take the wheel themselves. Those who have never been allowed to make meaningful decisions until then are likely to flounder. 

The Self-Driven Child will give you the tools to make sure your children navigate with confidence and determination and find their own path. 

©2018 William Stixrud and Ned Johnson (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Worth a read.

Well written, advice backed by science and studies. Fantastic book on how to raise your children to succeed in an ever changing world.

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Get it. Practice it.

This is a very well written and informative book. I will revisit many times. Thank you!

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Wow!!!

After a few chapters I was hooked. So insightful and mind blowing. Not only has it helped me with my son, but has helped me to reflect on myself and the changes I need to make.

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Best parenting book I've ever read.<br />

Best parenting book I've ever read. I've been recommending it to everyone I know, whether or not they are a parent. Thank you!

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Outstanding!

This is a must read for all parents. Absolutely fantastic with practical tips to implement today. I am listening to it a second time because it is that good!!

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Read it Now

I recommend this book to everyone, even if you don’t have children, or never plan to have children. I challenge everyone to read this book and not hear the story of their own life, struggles, and ups and downs. This is a book for people who want to think about how to improve their own lives as much as the lives of their children.

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Transformational

Best thing I could as a parent, a teacher, and a coach was listen to this audio book. Because of this book, I have changed my parenting, teaching, and coaching style. I can really feel and see a difference. I also feel better and perform better. Everyone else around me seems to appreciate the change.

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This Should be the Manifesto for Education Today

Would you listen to The Self-Driven Child again? Why?

I will listen to this book again and again as it's core message is well worth a reminder in the design and redesign of classrooms and schools.

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The interplay of research, personal experience and story made this an accessible and engaging read.

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Yes, but portioning it out over a week made it better to savor.

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Excellent book, easy to understand and apply!

I have struggled for years to understand my children- now I have permission to parent the way that makes sense for me and my kids. This book addresses the parental fears that have kept me from allowing my kids to make more of their own decisions. Their recommendations are the path to a happier, healthier life for both the parents and the kids.

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Timely and timeless

This book helped me in my parenting strategies, both supporting ones I felt insecure using because no one else seemed to be doing them, and in teaching me new ones. I especially liked learning that an important part of parenting was learning about myself and my biases. The book covers so many important topics specifically - screen time, brain development, getting into college, alternate paths to success, anxiety, adhd, and autism.

A huge thank you to the authors!