Teaching Kids to Think addresses the unique challenges of raising children and teens in the Instant Gratification Generation. There are countless challenges parents undergo while raising their children in a world filled with smartphones, immense academic pressure, and social media. It’s understandable that parents want to help their children succeed in any way they can, but toeing the line between simply helping and full-on rescuing can be difficult to navigate. This generation of children and teens has grown up with very little need to wait for anything. Not only do they expect instant solutions to their challenges, but they are also increasingly dependent on adults. Parents are doing more for their children than ever before and technology has advanced in such a way the conveniences are no longer the exception, but the rule. Five parent traps are identified in Teaching Kids to Think that cause adults to unknowingly increase their children's need for instant gratification, and offer practical tips to teach children to be confident, independent, thoughtful, and ready to enter the adult world.
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Dr. Sweetland is a licensed clinical psychologist with 20 years of experience specializing in work with children, adolescents and adults. As a therapist she emphasizes collaboration with other integral people in a person’s life. This includes professionals such as teachers, school administrators, doctors, psychiatrists, tutors, occupational therapists, and speech therapists.
Therapy commonly focuses on issues such as emotional disorders, school related challenges, social skills and acting out behaviors.
Dr. Sweetland also very much enjoys travelling around the country for speaking engagements around a variety of topics in the areas of child and adolescent development, parenting, education, special needs, and the unique challenges of raising children in the Instant Gratification Generation.
Currently, she is very excited about her new book, Teaching Kids to Think: Raising Confident, Independent, and Thoughtful Children in an Age of Instant Gratification. The book addresses issues that have been prominent in her therapy practice as well as debated regularly by parents, school personnel, and the media. Teaching Kids to Think helps parents learn how to support their children and teens while at the same time helping them develop strong problem-solving skills.
Darlene B. Sweetland, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist and Consultant