This year's Julia Howe Ward Lecture by Kim John Payne, author of the bestselling Simplicity Parenting, highlights the extraordinary “power of less” and offers doable ways to build deep connections with children that give families resiliency and joy. Payne gives voice to the feeling that something is not okay about “the new normal of overwhelm” that many parents experience. Children feel the pressure of too much stuff, too many choices, and too little time. They can become anxious and experience social, behavioral, and emotional issues, such as defiance, aggression, addiction, and problems with self-esteem. Payne explores these issues and the vital role that living a balanced, simple life brings to children and families.
Sponsored by the Barnard Center for Toddler Development.