The Self-Driven Child (Digital Audiobook)

The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives

By Ned Johnson, PhD William Stixrud, Kaleo Griffith (Narrator)

Publication Date: February 12, 2018

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (2/12/2019)
Hardcover (2/13/2018)


Instead of trusting kids with choices . . . many parents insist on micromanaging everything from homework to friendships. For these parents, Stixrud and Johnson have a simple message: Stop. —NPR

“This humane, thoughtful book turns the latest brain science into valuable practical advice for parents.” —Paul Tough, New York Times bestselling author of How Children Succeed

A few years ago, Bill Stixrud and Ned Johnson started noticing the same problem from different angles: Even high-performing kids were coming to them acutely stressed and lacking motivation. Many complained they had no control over their lives. Some stumbled in high school or hit college and unraveled. Bill is a clinical neuropsychologist who helps kids gripped by anxiety or struggling to learn. Ned is a motivational coach who runs an elite tutoring service. Together they discovered that the best antidote to stress is to give kids more of a sense of control over their lives. But this doesn't mean giving up your authority as a parent. In this groundbreaking book they reveal how you can actively help your child to sculpt a brain that is resilient, and ready to take on new challenges.

The Self-Driven Child offers a combination of cutting-edge brain science, the latest discoveries in behavioral therapy, and case studies drawn from the thousands of kids and teens Bill and Ned have helped over the years to teach you how to set your child on the real road to success. As parents, we can only drive our kids so far. At some point, they will have to take the wheel and map out their own path. But there is a lot you can do before then to help them tackle the road ahead with resilience and imagination.

About the Author

WILLIAM STIXRUD, PH.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist and the director of The Stixrud Group. He teaches at Children's National and at the George Washington University School of Medicine and gives talks on neuropsychological assessment, learning and executive disorders such as dyslexia and ADHD, motivation, and the effects of stress, sleep deprivation, and technology overload on the brain. He has published many scientific articles and is on the board of the David Lynch Foundation and of the American Association of Health Professionals Practicing the Transcendental Meditation.

NED JOHNSON is the founder of PrepMatters, a leading tutoring and test prep service in Washington DC. A professional "tutor-geek" since 1993, he has logged upwards of forty thousand hours working with students one-on-one and helps manage kids' anxiety while motivating them to reach their full potential. He is the co-author of Conquering the SAT: How Parents Can Help Students Overcome the Pressure and Succeed and is a sought-after speaker and a teen coach for study skills, sleep deprivation, parent-teen dynamics and anxiety management. His work has been featured on NPR and NewsHour and in U.S. News & World Report, Time, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Newsweek.