The Thriving Child

The Thriving Child

The Science Behind Reducing Stress and Nurturing Independence


As parents we all want the best for our children, but so often over-manage every aspect of their lives, leaving them overwhelmed, lacking motivation, and at risk of mental health problems as adults.

So how can we prevent this from happening?

Over their combined sixty years of practice, William Stixrud, a clinical neuropsychologist, and Ned Johnson, the founder of an elite tutoring agency, have worked with thousands of children all facing this problem. Together they discovered that the best antidote to stress is to give kids more of a sense of control over their lives. In this ground-breaking book they will teach you how to set your child on the real road to success and share their trusted techniques to help your child to reduce their stress and anxiety, foster independent thinking, and achieve their full potential.

The Thriving Child is essential reading for every parent to help their child sculpt a resilient, stress-proof brain that is ready to take on new challenges.


  • Sometimes the most helpful thing we can do as parents is to parent our children a little less. This humane, thoughtful book turns the latest brain science into valuable practical advice for parents on how to pull back, when to engage and when to let go. Read it. Your children will thank you.
    Paul Tough, New York Times bestselling author of How Children Succeed

About the authors

William Stixrud

Dr William Stixrud PhD is a clinical neuropsychologist with more than 30 years' experience of private practice. Ned Johnson is the founder and Director of an elite tutoring company in Washington, DC.
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Ned Johnson

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