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The Good News About Bad Behavior (Digital Audiobook)

Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever -- And What to Do About It

By Katherine Reynolds Lewis, Katherine Reynolds Lewis (Narrator)

Publication Date: April 16, 2018

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (4/9/2019)
Hardcover (4/17/2018)


The current model of parental discipline is as outdated as a rotary phone.

Why don't our kids do what we want them to do? Parents often take the blame for misbehavior, but this obscures a broader trend: in our modern, highly connected age, children have less self-control than ever. About half of the current generation of children will develop a mood or behavioral disorder or a substance addiction by age eighteen. Contemporary kids need to learn independence and responsibility, yet our old ideas of punishments and rewards are preventing this from happening.

To stem this growing crisis of self-regulation, journalist and parenting expert Katherine Reynolds Lewis articulates what she calls The Apprenticeship Model, a new theory of discipline that centers on learning the art of self-control. Blending new scientific research and powerful individual stories of change, Lewis shows that, if we trust our children to face consequences, they will learn to adapt and moderate their own behavior. She watches as chaotic homes become peaceful, bewildered teachers see progress, and her own family grows and evolves in light of these new ideas. You'll recognize your own family in Lewis's sensitive, realistic stories, and you'll find a path to making everyone in your home more capable, kinder, and happier -- including yourself.

About the Author

Katherine Reynolds Lewis is a Fortune contributor and award-winning independent journalist based in the Washington DC area who regularly writes for USA Today's magazine group, Washington Post, and Working Mother magazine. In 2008, Lewis created a website on working moms for, which she ran until 2014, attracting millions of readers to the site, its blog, and weekly newsletter. She is also a certified parent educator leading classes at the Parent Encouragement Program in Washington, DC.

Lewis's byline has appeared in the Atlantic online, Bloomberg Businessweek, MSN Money, Money, Mother Jones, New York Times, Parade, Slate, and Washington Post Magazine. Her work has won awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Chicago Headline Club. She has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the National Press Foundation, the Poynter Institute, and the University of Maryland's Casey Journalism Center. Her media appearances include CNN, NPR, Bloomberg television and radio, and HuffPost Live, as well as numerous radio programs nationally and internationally.