Princeton Day School is honored to welcome Dr. Michael Thompson to campus on Tuesday, April 10 as part of Princeton Common Ground's series of lectures intended to inspire, invigorate, and inform our community.
For nearly thirty-five years, Michael Thompson, Ph.D., has worked as a clinical psychologist, school consultant and international speaker on the subjects of children, schools and parenting. He is the New York Times bestselling author of nine books including, Raising Cain, Homesick and Happy, and The Pressured Child, focusing on the emotional lives of boys and girls, friendships and social cruelty in childhood, and psychological aspects of school leadership. His work with independent schools and public school districts throughout the United States, and with international schools in Europe, Asia and South America takes Dr. Thompson to fifty+ schools per year to lead workshops for teachers, administrators, parents and students.
During Dr. Thompson's visit, he will meet with school administrators and faculty in small interactive group workshops. In addition, he will conduct an off-campus lecture at the Princeton Montessori School to parents of children in grades K-6 on the topic of friendships.
Finally, in the evening at Princeton Day School, there will be a book signing event from 7:00 to 7:20 p.m., followed by an interactive lecture for parents titled "The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life," at 7:30 p.m. in the McAneny Theater. In this lecture, Dr. Thompson reminds parents that the pressure for students to excel at school and get into the best colleges has never been more intense. He will address America's performance-driven obsession with children's accomplishments and will describe the psychological journey that children experience during thirteen years in school beyond academics. Through richly detailed interviews, Thompson will illuminate the deeper psychological journey that school demands, a journey that all children must take in order to grow and develop, whether they are academic aces or borderline dropouts. Thompson will illustrate how to listen for the truth of our children's experience–and how to trust, love, and ultimately to let go.
Tickets are required for this event. For more information visit the Princeton Common Ground website.