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Book Clubs

Our quarterly book club meetings are a chance to connect and reconnect with other parents while exploring a range of topics related to raising children. Come to the book club ready to discuss what you learned while reading the book selected for that session – what you liked, what was useful, and what didn’t make sense. The book club meetings are highly interactive with lots of discussion.

Thursday, July 14th, 2022

The Child Code — by Danielle Dick, Ph.D.

The Child Code: Understanding your child’s unique nature for happier, more effective parenting is a provocative, science-based approach to parenting, from an award-winning developmental psychology professor & researcher.

Most parenting advice puts the behaviors of mom & dad at the center of raising a “good” child. But The Child Code clues us into one fundamental biological fact: genetics affects every single aspect of human behavior, and each child is uniquely coded with predispositions that influence everything from fearfulness to impulsivity to their propensity to throw huge fits at the grocery store!

Based in developmental behavior genetics research from award-winning professor Danielle Dick, The Child Code debunks the myth that parenting techniques alone determine your child’s behavior & future—and shows you a more effective way of raising your family. This is powerful, science-driven parenting that helps your child grow into the best version of themself.

Each chapter unpacks the science behind this unique approach, and provides the practical, individualized strategies for navigating your kiddo’s challenges and nurturing their strengths. The end result? Less friction in your family, a happier child, and a strong foundation for their future successes.

Wednesday, October 19th, 2022

Seven And A Half Lessons About The Brain — by Lisa Feldman Barrett, Ph.D.

Have you ever wondered why you have a brain? Let renowned neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett demystify that big gray blob between your ears. In seven short essays (plus a bite-sized story about how brains evolved), this slim, entertaining, and accessible collection reveals mind-expanding lessons from the front lines of neuroscience research. You’ll learn where brains came from, how they’re structured (and why it matters), and how yours works in tandem with other brains to create everything you experience. Along the way, you’ll also learn to dismiss popular myths such as the idea of a “lizard brain” and the alleged battle between thoughts and emotions, or even between nature and nurture, to determine your behavior.

Sure to intrigue casual readers and scientific veterans alike, Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain is full of surprises, humor, and important implications for human nature–a gift of a book that you will want to savor again and again.

WHEN

7:30 to 9:00 pm Eastern USA (Find your local time here).

WHERE

We will meet by Zoom. Link & password will be sent when you complete your registration.

COST

Free!

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Previous Book Club selections:

  • Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life by Stuart Shanker, Ph.D.
  • Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon
  • Raising Human Beings: Creating a Collaborative Partnership With Your Child by Ross Greene, Ph.D.
  • Not What I Expected: Help and Hope for Parents of Atypical Children by Rita Eichenstein, Ph.D.
  • Smart But Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential by Peg Dawson & Richard Guare
  • The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives by William Stixrud & Ned Johnson
  • The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children by Alison Gopnik
  • Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert Sapolsky
  • Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World by Deborah Reber
  • Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioral Challenges by Mona Delahooke, Ph.D.
  • The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.
  • Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff, Ph.D.
  • The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
  • The Essential Conversation: What Parents and Teachers Can Learn from Each Other by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
  • Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  • The Declarative Language Handbook by Linda Murphy, CCC-SLP
  • The Co-Regulation Handbook by Linda Murphy, CCC-SLP
  • What Happened to You? by Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. and Oprah Winfrey

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