TOWER TALKS: TOWER'S GUEST SPEAKER SERIES
Tower Talks brings engaging authors, psychologists, artists, health professionals, educators and speakers with unique perspectives on parenting to the community. Planning for our 2016-2017 speaker series is underway now. To be among the first to be notified when our speakers are announced, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll add you to our mailing list.
Below, please find a brief description of recent Tower Talks:
John Ratey, MD
SPARK—The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain.
Tower welcomed John Ratey, MD, Harvard Professor, psychiatrist, and author. Dr. Ratey is one of the world's foremost authorities on the brain-fitness connection and visited Tower to discuss groundbreaking explorations of the connection between exercise and the brain's performance that demonstrates how exercise supercharges mental circuits to beat stress, sharpen thinking, enhance memory, and much more. To learn more, visit johnratey.com.
The Gift of Failure: How The Best Parents Learn To Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed.
Tower welcomed Jessica Lahey, author of the bi-weekly New York Times column, "The Parent-Teacher Conference" and frequent commentator for Vermont Public Radio. In her book, The Gift of Failure, Ms. Lahey offers practical advice for cultivating intrinsic motivation in children, fostering independence and competence, and discusses the importance of autonomy-supportive teaching and parenting. To learn more, visit jessicalahey.com.
Lynn Lyons, LICSW
Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous, Independent Children
Tower welcomed Lynn Lyons, LICSW, one of the foremost specialists in the treatment of childhood anxiety. Through her evening workshop guests learned concrete skills to help their children: Accept and manage "normal" worries, Control and calm the physical symptoms of anxiety, Choose exploration of the world over avoidance, Recognize and overcome exhausting and limiting thought patterns.
Michael G. Thompson, PhD
Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of our Children
Renowned Author and Psychologist, Dr. Thompson offered illuminating discussions of the difference between friendship and popularity; how boys and girls deal in unique ways with intimacy and commitment; whether all kids need a best friend; why cliques form, and what we can do about them.
Dr. Robert Brooks
Raising a Resilient and Self-Disciplined Child
Dr. Brooks identifies factors that help children to manage stress more effectively and become more resilient. He articulates why some children have a more difficult time developing a positive self-image and resilience than other children, and outlines strategies for nurturing self-discipline, and responsibility.