The Pressured Child
Acton-Boxborough Regional PTSO, Acton-Boxborough United Way, and Danny’s Place Youth Services are pleased to announce that Michael Thompson, Ph.D., supervising psychologist at the Belmont Hill School and best-selling co-author of Raising Cain, will speak to the A-B community on Wednesday, April 1, at 7 PM in the ABRHS Auditorium. Dr. Thompson’s presentation will address issues raised in his latest book, The Pressured Child. In the face of America’s performance-driven obsession with the accomplishments of its children, Dr. Thompson reveals the hidden emotional landscape of the school day and discusses learning to trust, love, and ultimately let go of a child. The Pressured Child presentation is, in fact, for “pressured parents” who have forgotten what school is actually like, and “pressured educators” who are trying to respond to the anxiety of families who believe, erroneously, that there is a one-to-one correlation between school performance and success in life. Dr. Thompson will describe the psychological journey that children experience during their thirteen years in school and how they search for connection, recognition, and a sense of power; the talk is appropriate for parents/guardians and faculty of students of all grades. Free, with a suggested donation of $5 to support future speakers. A limited number of copies of The Pressured Child will be offered for sale on the night of the program. There will be a complimentary dessert reception in the West Commons immediately following the presentation.