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Self-Driven: Giving Kids More Control Over Their Lives In a Stressful World

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American kids are grappling with chronic stress and toxic anxiety, even as parents seek the balance between "helicopter" and "free-range" parenting.  Ned Johnson, co-author of a new book, "The Self-Driven Child" says brain science shows that stress has physical effects on the developing brain with long-term ramifications.  So what's a parent to do?  In the "Self-Driven Child," he advocates for a radical shift in the dynamic between parent and child to develop greater self-reliance and resilience in children.

GUEST:  Ned Johnson, co-author of  "The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives."  He is the founder of a tutoring service in Washington, DC, as well as a teen study skills coach.

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