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

Darlene Sweetland, Ron Stolberg

Sourcebooks, 2015

Agent: Jill Marr

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 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 is an intelligently written answer to the problem of the IGG - Instant Gratification Generation of children... What I like about the book is that it doesn't talk down to parents or try to use logic to trump the emotional reasons why helicopter parenting is so prevalent. Rather, the authors are quick to point out why parents do the things they do but also gently lead them toward a firmer solution to parenting. More than simply presenting tips and lambasting poor parenting, there is the knowledge of why parents are failing and that is used to show a better way."
Online Eccentric Librarian

"This is a book that ALL modern parents need to read."
Bless Their Hearts Mom

"After reading the book, I can only say that this The book that parents needs in order to help a child succeed in school, business, or everyday socialization... Teaching Kids to Think was both eye-opening and inspiring. "
Rebecca Reads

"Parents will find suggestions for avoiding rescuing their children and encouraging them to be independent... this well-written and easy-to-read book will be a great resource."
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