What to Say to Boost Motivation and Build Stress Tolerance in Kids

Critical Topics in Parenting

This is the fourth webinar in this year’s free series, Critical Topics in Parenting, designed to address the most pressing issues facing families and children today.

The strategies and insights shared come from Stixrud and Johnson's work with children in elementary school through college.

Join bestselling authors Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson for a second discussion of ideas from new book, What Do You Say? Talking with Kids to Build Stress Tolerance, Motivation, and a Happy Home. We’ve asked Bill and Ned to return for a deeper dive into the communication strategies parents can use to become trusted allies to their kids.

We’ve also asked them to address questions we hear repeatedly from parents, including “How do I motivate my child?” and “How do I help my child with stress and anxiety?”
Although they will explain the brain science behind motivation and stress tolerance, the main focus of Bill and Ned’s presentation will be on:
  • The common things parents say to children that deflate motivation - and what to say instead
  • Ways to help kids develop high-stress tolerance and strong coping skills
  • Helping kids find their own reasons to change when they’re struggling.
Also, because communication is hardest when things are not going well, they will emphasize how to get “buy in” before we share our experience and advice, how to change the energy when it feels like we’re trying to force our kids, and how to manage conversations when emotions run high.

Moderated by PEP Parent Educator and Board President Pascale Brady.

Your enrollment includes access to video recording, an audio version that you can listen to podcast style, and handouts.

Your Instructor

Dr. Bill Stixrud & Ned Johnson
Dr. Bill Stixrud & Ned Johnson

William Stixrud is a practicing neuropsychologist and a practicing faculty member at Children's National Medical Center and George Washington University Medical School.

Ned Johnson is the founder of Prep Matters, a tutoring service in Washington, DC, and the co-author of Conquering the SAT: How Parents Can Help Teens Overcome the Pressure and Succeed.

The Critical Topics in Parenting series is made possible thanks to these sponsors:

"... approaching this subject was a great balance of both concern and lightness, the instructor also brought a realistic approach to the topic, (i.e., yes, we're going to have meltdowns and, we're working to reduce them.)"

--Participant, PEP Online


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The live webinar will be held on January 20, 2022, from 8-9:30pm. A recording will be posted after the webinar concludes.
How long do I have access to the course?
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What if I am unhappy with the course?
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