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Author Event | Katherine Reynolds Lewis Discusses Her Book "The Good News About Bad Behavior"


Wednesday November 7, 2018: 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Downtown Library: 1st Floor Lobby


A new and surprising problem has quietly been developing in the current generation of children: they are out of control. A recent study of first-graders found they could sit still for no more than three minutes, only a quarter of the time that their peers could in 1948. Government statistics show that half of all children will develop a mood or behavioral disorder or a substance addiction by age 18.

In the era of the helicopter parent, children seem to have lost the ability to regulate their behavior and emotions. Our time-honored methods of punishments and rewards haven't taught discipline-- they've undermined it.

Journalist Katherine Reynolds Lewis spent five years investigating this crisis: observing families at the dinner table, meeting educators who are transforming the school experience for kids with attention and mood disorders, studying psychological research, and looking introspectively at her own parenting habits.

Join us as she discusses her research and her new book The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever - And What To Do About It.

Katherine Reynolds Lewis is an award-winning independent journalist, author and speaker based in the Washington D.C. area and a certified parent educator with the Parent Encouragement Program in Kensington, Md.  She contributes to The Atlantic online, Fortune magazine, USA Today’s magazine group, the Washington Post and Working Mother magazine. Her byline has also appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, MSN Money, Money, the New York Times, Parade, Slate, and the Washington Post Magazine. Her story for Mother Jones magazine  about school discipline went viral after it was published in July 2015, becoming the site’s most-viewed piece.

In two decades as a journalist, Katherine’s work has won recognition from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Chicago Headline Club. She's appeared on CNN, NPR, Bloomberg television and radio, and HuffPost Live, as well as numerous radio programs nationally and internationally. She’s a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Asian American Journalists Association, Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Education Writers Association and Society of Professional Journalists.

This event includes a book signing and books will be available for purchase.

Katherine Reynolds Lewis


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