Michael Thompson, PhD, Lecture: The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life

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Tue, 04/26/2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Cabell Center Theater

The Pressured Child is, in fact, a presentation for "pressured parents" who have forgotten what school is actually like. It is a talk for parents who are gripped by worries and misapprehensions about their children's life in school.

In the presentation, Michael Thompson describes the psychological journey that children experience during their 13 years in school. He reminds parents that children are almost never judging themselves by grades: they are always monitoring their own development and constantly searching for connection, recognition, and a sense of power. He illustrates how children find those in many different arenas of school life.

There are three kinds of children in school: those whose journeys are characterized mostly by success, those whose journeys are characterized by a chronic but manageable struggle, and those whose journeys are characterized by fury and despair. Each journey has its own different pressures. Every child is constantly developing strategies for coping with the pressures that he or she feels.

In order to write the book by the same name, Thompson went back to school, following students, 7th graders through seniors, in independent, Catholic, and public schools. In the book and in this talk, he shares stories from the trenches, taking parents and teachers into the school day experience of children, illuminating how they manage their school careers and how the best educators and wisest parents can support them along the way.

Michael Thompson is also giving a lunchtime talk for Catlin Gabel parents. » More information

About Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson, PhD, is a consultant, author, and psychologist specializing in children and families. He has worked in more than 500 schools across the United States, as well as in international schools in Central America, Europe, and Asia.

He and his co-author, Dan Kindlon, wrote the New York Times best-selling book, Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys (Ballantine Books, 1999). He is the author of numerous books on topics ranging from friendships, teasing, and bullying, to raising healthy children.

A dedicated speaker and traveler, Michael Thompson has appeared on the Today Show, the Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, 60 Minutes, the Early Show, Good Morning America, and NPR’s Morning Edition. He has been quoted in the national media in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, and U.S. News and World Report.

It is our pleasure to invite parents, guardians, and faculty-staff from Arbor, OES, PJA, Childpeace Montessori, FAIS/Gilkey, and St. Andrew Nativity to this evening lecture.

Michael Thompson's visit is sponsored in part by the PFA.