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Nonfiction Book Award - Silver Winner - 150Nonfiction Book Award Status: Silver

Author Name: Darlene Sweetland, Ph.D. and Ron Stolberg, Ph.D.


Today’s kids don’t know how to read a map. They can Google the answer to any question at lightning speed. If a teen forgets his homework, a quick call to his mom or dad has it hand delivered in minutes. Fueled by the rapid pace of technology, the Instant Gratification Generation not only expects immediate solutions to problems – they’re more dependent than ever on adults. Today’s kids are being denied opportunities to make mistakes, and more importantly, to learn from them. They are being taught not to think.

In Teaching Kids to Think, Dr. Darlene Sweetland and Dr. Ron Stolberg offer insight into the social, emotional, and neurological challenges unique to this generation. They identify the five parent traps that cause adults to unknowingly increase their children’s need for instant gratification, and offer practical tips and easy-to-implement solutions to address topics relevant to children of all ages.

A must-read for parents and educators, Teaching Kids to Think will help you understand where this sense of entitlement comes from – and how to turn it around in order to raise children who are confident, independent, and thoughtful.

Teaching Kids to Think: Raising Confident, Independent, and Thoughtful Children in an Age of Instant Gratification

Teaching Kids to Think: Raising Confident, Independent, and Thoughtful Children in an Age of Instant Gratification

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Author Bios:

Darlene Sweetland, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist with twenty years of experience specializing in work with children, adolescents, and young adults. She has served as head psychologist at a private

school for students with learning disorders and clinical director for an agency for individuals with developmental disorders, and she currently maintains a private practice in Del Mar, California. As a child psychologist, she specializes in working with children and teens struggling with social, academic, and emotional challenges. She is established as a sought after therapist and speaker in the areas of child and family therapy. Dr. Sweetland is the co-author of Intellectual Disability and Mental Health: A Training Manual in Dual Diagnosis (2011), which has been a primary training guide in psychiatric hospitals and mental health agencies for professionals working with individuals who are dually diagnosed.

Ron Stolberg, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and an associate professor at Alliant International University in San Diego, California. As a family therapist, he specializes in working with children with acting-out behaviors and their families. He has authored numerous chapters published in seminal textbooks in psychology and recently contributed to Therapeutic Assessment with the MMPI-2 (2011). He was the psychologist for the hit reality TV show Survivor, and is now the head psychologist for the World Surf League. He also serves as the president of the board of directors at the Winston School for children struggling with learning disorders. Dr. Stolberg regularly presents at a wide variety of national and international conferences.

Dr. Sweetland and Dr. Stolberg have been married for seventeen years and have two sons. They live in San Diego, California. They, too, are facing the challenges of raising children in this generation.


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