Motivate Any Child or Teen...

20 Expert Interviews, 50 Practical Tools

20 expert interviews packed with practical tools to help kids cultivate motivation and work toward goals.

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Our potential is one thing. What we do with it is quite another. 

-Dr. Angela Duckworth, Author of NYT #1 Bestseller GRIT
Speaker at The Motivated Child Summit

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This summit is for you if you want to help your child or teen:

  • Develop internal or intrinsic motivation
  • Take responsibility without using rewards and punishments
  • End homework battles and power struggles
  • Overcome fear of failing and taking risks
  • Be more productive and focused
  • Improve organization and planning
  • Cultivate gritty habits for future success

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Science reveals that intrinsic motivation can be cultivated through specific habits... We’re going to show you how.

-Renee Jain, MAPP, Founder of GoZen!

Meet Your Experts!

Day 1 Experts

Julie Lythcott-Haims

Parenting Styles to Raise Motivated Adults


Fueled by passion and research, Julie will answer these questions and more:

  • What’s a checklisted childhood and what are the ramifications for our kids?
  • How do we support our kids to reach their true potential?
  • What’s your advice to parents who are helping their kids with homework, projects, college applications because they want to help their kids be competitive?
  • What have you learned about the university system and its affect on motivation of students from your 10-year stint as a Dean at Stanford University?
  • What should schools do to help kids that seem to have completely lost their motivation?
  • What is self-efficacy and how do we help our kids cultivate it?

Julie Lythcott-Haims is the author of the New York Times best-selling book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success. The book emerged from her decade as Stanford University’s Dean of Freshmen, where she was known for her fierce advocacy for young adults and also known for her fierce critique of the growing trend of parental involvement in the day-to-day lives of college students. She has spoken and written widely on the phenomenon of helicopter parenting, and her work has appeared on TEDx talks and in The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune.

Caroline Miller, MAPP

Cultivating Authentic Grit and Setting Better Goals


Leading expert on goal-setting and grit, Caroline Adams Miller, will answer these questions and more:

  • What is “authentic grit” and how can we teach this skill?
  • Do kids have to love something or have natural talent to be passionate about it?
  • How do we help our kids when they just don’t “feel like” doing hard work?
  • What’s the one question kids can ask themselves that helps kick procrastination to the curb?
  • How do we help kids fail well?
  • What are effective conversation starters parents can use with kids to help cultivate greater motivation?

Caroline is one of the world’s leading experts on the science behind successful goal setting and the use of ‘good grit’ to achieve hard things. For more than 30 years, she’s been sharing her research-backed, actionable strategies to help people cultivate more grit and dig deeper to clarify and achieve their toughest goals. Caroline has a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School’s Executive Education program. Caroline is the author of several bestselling books including Getting Grit.

Angela Duckworth, PhD

Raising Kids with Grit and Resilience


World-renowned pioneer of Grit, Dr. Angela Duckworth, enlightens us with answers to these questions:

  • What is grit and why does it matter?
  • If we focus on a long-term goal from a young age, doesn’t that take away from our ability to experiment with different passions?
  • Why has grit struck a chord with parents and educators?
  • What does it mean to get distracted by talent?
  • What’s the difference between talent, skill, and achievement?
  • Is it realistic and responsible to tell kids they can achieve anything they want with hard work?
  • How do we cultivate grit?

Angela Duckworth is the Founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development. She is also the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, faculty co-director of the Penn-Wharton Behavior Change For Good Initiative, and faculty co-director of Wharton People Analytics. Angela has received numerous awards for her contributions to K-12 education, including a Beyond Z Award from the KIPP Foundation. Angela’s TED talk is among the most-viewed of all time. Her first book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, is a #1 New York Times best seller.

Shefali Tsabary, PhD

Conscious Parenting to Unleash Motivation


Conscious Parenting pioneer, Dr. Shefali Tsabary, delivers impassioned answers to these questions and much more:

  • What does research show is one of the highest factors related to motivation?
  • How do we handle our own angst when we see our child is not living up to their potential?
  • What is the role of a parent in supporting a child?
  • What does it mean to partner with our child in creating their goals?
  • How do we maintain a connection with our children when we’re struggling to help them?

Dr. Shefali is a world-renowned clinical psychologist, acclaimed author and international speaker who received her doctorate from Columbia University, New York. She specializes in the integration of Eastern philosophy and Western psychology, making her an expert in her field. Her message has the potential to change people’s lives for generations to come. Dr. Shefali is Oprah’s goto parenting expert and has written several critically-acclaimed bestsellers including The Conscious Parent.

Adam Price, PhD

He's not Lazy: Empowering your Son


Author and clinical psychologist, Dr. Adam Price, answers these questions and much more:

  • What do you mean that boys are “opting out” of the system?
  • Why did you focus on boys in your work?
  • What is the ruler test and how can parents use it?
  • What are the four biggest myths held by parents about kids and motivation?
  • What is a paradoxical response?
  • What three step process can parents use to connect with their tweens/teens?
  • What are the necessary ingredients to motivate any child?

Adam Price, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with more than 20 years of experience working with children and teens. As the former Director of Outpatient Services at Newark Beth Israel Hospital and Associate Director at Family Connections, a mental health agency, he has supervised and trained numerous clinicians in family and child therapy. He maintains a private practice in New York City and Chatham, New Jersey. Price has published articles on family and child therapy in publications including The Wall Street Journal and Family Circle, and is the author of the book He’s Not Lazy: Empowering Your Son to Believe in Himself.

Day 2 Experts

Tim Pychyl, PhD

Tools to Tackle Procrastination


Psychologist and world-renowned procrastination expert, Dr. Tim Pychyl, answers these questions and much more:

  • Why do we procrastinate even if we’re highly motivated to do something?
  • You say procrastination is not about being unorganized or lacking responsibility; what is it about?
  • How do we help kids when they come home from school and “don’t feel like” doing homework or other tasks?
  • How is mindfulness used as a tool to fight procrastination?
  • Can you describe several concrete tools to help kids kick procrastination to the curb?

Timothy A. Pychyl PhD is an associate professor of psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa. Researching and writing about procrastination since 1995, he has garnered an international reputation for his scholarship and a global audience for his iProcrastinate podcasts and his popular Don’t Delay blog with Psychology Today. Tim is the author of the book Solving The Procrastination Puzzle.

Lea Waters, PhD

The Science of Strengths to Motivate Kids


International bestselling author of Strength Switch, Dr. Lea Waters, will guide us in strength-based strategies to motivate kids by answering these questions and more:

  • Why do loving, well-meaning parents often become critical of their children?
  • What is the best way to foster growth and achievement in my child?
  • What is strength-based parenting and how do I do it?
  • My child just isn’t motivated. How can strengths help them to reach their potential?
  • What can I do to help my child with their self-control in the face of distractions like video games and social media?
  • What kinds of concrete, practical tools can I use to emphasize strengths for kids of any age?

Lea Waters, PhD is the president of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA). Lea contributes regularly to the media in Australia, USA, Canada, Asia and the UK on the topic of positive psychology, positive education and parenting.

Caren Baruch-Feldman, PhD

A School Psychologist's Motivation Toolkit


Award-winning school psychologist, Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman, answers these questions:

  • What are the two categories of motivational challenges?
  • How do you help kids who have an intense fear of failure?
  • How do you start a conversation with a child that is resistant to learning these tools?
  • How do you help kids that don’t “feel like” doing hard work?
  • What are three components of grit you discuss?
  • How do you work on each of those three components?

Widely acknowledged as a Grit Expert, Caren Baruch-Feldman is the author of the The Grit Guide for Teens. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help children and adults with depression, anxiety, stress, ADHD and weight loss. Caren is an expert in conducting psychoeducational evaluations for children experiencing school-related difficulties.

Ellen Braaten, PhD

How Processing Speed Affects Motivation


Co-author of Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up, Dr. Ellen Braaten, will answer these and many more questions:

  • What is processing speed?
  • How does slow processing speed differ from or relate to executive functioning skills?
  • How does a parent know if their child has processing speed challenges?
  • Can processing speed be improved or will this be a life-long challenge for kids?
  • If you’re a parent with fast processing speed and have a child with slow processing speed, what are the implications?
  • Can you walk us through some of your favorite tools to help kids work on this?

Dr. Braaten is co-director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) at MGH, and an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School (HMS). She is widely recognized as an expert in the field of pediatric neuropsychological and psychological assessment, particularly in the areas of assessing learning disabilities and attention disorders.

Peg Dawson, EdD

Helping Kids Improve Executive Function


The foremost authority on executive functioning skills, Dr. Peg Dawson, enlightens us with answers to these questions and more:

  • What are the 11 executive functioning skills?
  • When can we expect kids to develop skills like impulse control and planning?
  • How do parents know if their child struggles with executive functioning skills?
  • Can executive functioning skills be improved?
  • If a child has trouble self-regulating, how do we help them get through a homework session or another task?
  • What does it mean to move from the external to the internal?
  • What are your favorite tools for improving executive functioning skills?

Peg Dawson, EdD, is a staff psychologist at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders at Seacoast Mental Health Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she specializes in the assessment of children and adults with learning and attention disorders. Dr. Dawson is a past president of the New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the International School Psychology Association. Along with her colleague, Dr. Richard Guare, she has written several books for parents and professionals on the topic of executive skills, including Smart but Scattered. Peg is the 2006 recipient of the National Association of School Psychologists’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

Day 3 Experts

Natasha Daniels, LCSW

How to End Homework Battles


Child anxiety expert, Natasha Daniels, helps us with really practical answers to these questions:

  • How do we empower kids to cultivate intrinsic motivation?
  • If you make a plan with your child to reach a goal and they are falling off track, what’s the next step?
  • You have a unique description of homework for kids – what is that?
  • How do we motivate kids that are perfectionists and afraid to fail?
  • How do we help kids when they think school is boring?
  • What do we do if video games are what motivates our child?

Natasha Daniels is an author, child therapist and mom to three amazing, albeit anxious kids. She has dedicated her work and her life to helping kids and families learn how to crush anxiety and OCD. She is the author of How to Parent Your Anxious Toddler and Anxiety Sucks! A Teen Survival Guide.

Paula Davis-Laack, JD, MAPP

Rejuvenating Kids from Burnout


Attorney and burnout prevention expert, Paula Davis-Laack, guides us with her answers to these questions and more:

  • What are the three warning signs that someone is burning out?
  • When kids have too many demands on them and not enough internal resources, what happens?
  • What does autonomy have to do with burnout?
  • When our kids are burned out, how do we get them back to a place where they are excited to learn?
  • How do character strengths connect with burnout prevention and resilience for kids?
  • What are STRONG strategies?

Paula Davis-Laack, JD, MAPP, is an internationally-published writer and a stress and resilience expert who has taught and coached resiliency skills to thousands of professionals (including teachers, school psychologists, social workers, engineers, lawyers, law students, medical students, and military personnel) across the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Diana Caramanico, MAPP

Training for Resilience and Mental Toughness


Diana, the most dominant basketball player in Penn history, will answer these and many more questions:

  • Can we train our kids in mental toughness?
  • How much does talent versus effort play a role in a child reaching goals?
  • How do you motivate a kid playing sports or in school when they are afraid to fail?
  • How do you get kids to stop ruminating about past failures?
  • What is the foundational skill you teach when you do resilience training for kids?
  • What is the interesting thing you do when kids come to you with bad news?

The most dominant women’s basketball player in Penn history, Diana Caramanico’s 2,415 career points still stand as Ivy League and Big 5 records, and she remains the only men’s or women’s basketball player in Penn’s illustrious history to score more than 2,000 career points. She was the MVP of the league three times. She holds numerous single game, season, and career records in both leagues for both offense and defense. Diana is a math teacher and owner of Corpus Mensque.

Carin Rockind, MAPP

Uncover Purpose and Boost Engagement


Leading happiness expert, Carin Rockind, talks purpose, answers these questions, and so many more:

  • Why purpose, and what does it really mean?
  • Not knowing your purpose can be frustrating. How does one discover their purpose?
  • How young is too young to talk to my kids about purpose?
  • Why do so many of us feel that our kids are not living up to their potential?
  • What is it that really motivates people?

Carin Rockind is a leading happiness expert and the creator of PurposeGirl, a movement to empower purpose-driven living. She has taught thousands of people to reclaim their happiness and live to their fullest potential of success and well-being. Having survived domestic abuse, divorce, and armed robbery, she teaches others to be resilient, to grow from trauma, and turn pain into purpose. Her expertise is positive psychology, the science of human flourishing. After 15 years as a marketing executive, Carin pursued her great passion: teaching women to thrive. Carin is one of the first 250 people in the world to earn a Masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, where she then served as adjunct faculty.

Tosha Schore

Motivation Strategies Just for Boys


Parenting coach and co-author Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges helps us motivate our boys by answering these questions and more:

  • Why do you focus your work only on boys?
  • How do we motivate boys to make academics a priority?
  • What mistakes do parents make when boys express displeasure in doing homework?
  • Can you demonstrate one of the listening tools that you talk about in your book?
  • How can parents regulate their own emotions to try these listening strategies?
  • How do we handle our boys when they’re being aggressive, even with us as parents?
  • How do family values correlate with a boy’s motivation?
  • What do we do if we feel like our child is acting entitled?

Tosha Schore is a parent coach, speaker and co-author with Hand in Hand Parenting founder, Patty Wipfler, of Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges. Tosha is mom to three boys and an advocate for boys and their families worldwide. She is committed to creating lasting change in families and in the world by supporting parents to care for themselves, connect with their boys deeply, set limits lovingly, and play wildly.

Day 4 Experts

Sharon Saline, PsyD

Motivating Kids with ADHD


Author of What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew, Dr. Sharon Saline, gives us practical answers to these questions and more:

  • What is ADHD and what causes it?
  • When should a parent be concerned their child may have ADHD and what should they do?
  • What are the two areas where kids with ADHD usually struggle?
  • How do you define motivation?
  • How does ADHD affect motivation?
  • What is family work time and how does it help kids?
  • How do we help kids with ADHD cultivate intrinsic motivation?

Dr. Saline, a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice, is a top expert in how ADHD, learning disabilities and mental health issues affect children, teens and families. Dr. Saline has worked extensively with schools on mental health issues in the classroom, interpreting psychological evaluations and improving teacher/parent communication. Sharon is the author of What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew.

Sherri Fisher, MAPP

Empowering Families to Improve Motivation


Learning specialist and Positive Education expert, Sherri Fisher, joins us to answer these questions and more:

  • When parents come to you to help motivate their kids, what are the most common complaints?
  • When parents don’t understand why their child is unmotivated, lazy, or not working to their potential, what are the first steps you take?
  • What happens when we punish kids for not being motivated?
  • How do you start off your conversations with kids you’re helping with motivational challenges?
  • How do you get kids to open up about their struggles?
  • How do you work with kids on improving executive functioning skills?

Sherri Fisher is a pioneer in the growing field of positive education: applying research for both achievement and well-being. Sherri co-authored the first study to explore efforts to measure the extent to which positive psychology interventions can be employed within school systems to increase happiness, resilience and achievement, and decrease the likelihood of depression. Sherri is the author of Unleash Your Epic Self: The Guide to Crushing it at School, Work and Life.

Sharon Selby, MA, RCC

Motivating Anxious Kids and Teens


Child anxiety expert, Sharon Selby, shares strategies to motivate anxious kids by answering these and many more questions:

  • What are some of the key components in helping a child/teen, especially an anxious child/teen, be motivated?
  • What is the difference between praise versus encouragement and how does this impact motivation?
  • In your opinion and experience, is it ever okay to offer a reward as a bribe to get a child or teen to do something?
  • What are some of the reasons that children may be unmotivated besides feeling anxious?
  • What are some ways to encourage self-motivation?
  • How is our current parenting style, which is highly focused on attunement, impacting our children and teen’s motivation?
  • How is perfectionism connected to motivation?

Sharon Selby is a Registered Clinical Counselor with a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology. It is Sharon’s passion to support children, teens and families struggling with anxiety. Sharon recently authored a book called Surfing The Worry Imp’s Wave – Reducing Children’s Anxiety.

Conrad Macalalad, MAPP

Mindsets for Academic Success


Conrad was the #1 rated test prep teacher out of 6,000 teachers helping thousands of kids successfully through standardized tests. In this interview, Conrad reveals answers to these questions and more:

  • What are the primary factors that motivate kids?
  • When a student says to you “I’m just not good at school or testing,” where do you go from there?
  • How do you help kids that are scared to fail?
  • How do we motivate kids who are suffering from sheer exhaustion from school and activities?
  • In your experience in teaching test prep, what are the factors that lead to success?

Conrad has a unique knowledge set from Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania graduate studies. He was also the #1 rated SAT teacher out of over 6,000 teachers nationwide. In the past decade, he has taught over 4,300 students, helping them gain admission into programs such as Stanford, Harvard, and other top-tier academic institutions. Conrad is the founder of academic coaching and test prep company, Potentia Prep.

Senia Maymin, PhD

Exploring the Four Tendencies


Entrepreneur and executive coach, Dr. Senia Maymin, answers these questions and more:

  • What are the four tendencies?
  • How is motivation affected in kids falling into each category?
  • How do we help kids with different tendencies become more motivated?
  • How do you use character strengths to motivate children?

Senia Maymin, Ph.D. is a consultant and executive coach whose clients include Google, Intel, and VMware. Maymin is the coauthor of the business book Profit from the Positive, and the co-business columnist for Live Happy Magazine. Maymin holds a BA in Math and Economics from Harvard, a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA and PhD in Organizational Behavior from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She speaks Russian, French, and Japanese. She lives with her family in California.

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We should be less concerned with a specific set of colleges and far more concerned that our kids have the habits, the mindset, the skill set, the wellness to be successful wherever they go.

-Julie Lythcott-Haims, Bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult
Speaker at The Motivated Child Summit

Intrinsic motivation is one of the most important life resources your child can cultivate...

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How do you get your child or teen to be motivated to do their homework, start and finish tasks, set smart goals, care about their future, work to their potential, and be good citizens? How do you get them to do these things without standing over them, bribing them, threatening them, or doing it for them? How do you get them to focus when there are so many distractions such as friends, video games, and the internet? How do you get kids to develop the type of motivation that helps them succeed and that is internally derived?

These are the questions we ask 20 motivation and goal-setting experts from around the world. Many of these experts are New York Times bestselling authors and the foremost authorities in their field. They are here to provide powerful, practical tools that can shift the life of your family. Our hope is that you join us during this free online event and that you're able to watch some of the interviews. Even if you are able to watch only 5 of the interviews and take away 5 new tools, this could be the change that makes a difference if in your life and the lives of your children.

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Rewards and punishments might offer a short-term solution, but, in the end, will do more harm than good. Mere compliance is not what you are after. You want your son to want to do better—to try harder because it reflects the values you have raised him with, because he cares about and takes pride in his effort.

-Dr. Adam Price, Author of He's Not Lazy
Speaker at The Motivated Child Summit


Meet your host: Renee Jain, MAPP

As founder and Chief Storyteller at GoZen!Renee is recognized as a pioneer in marrying technology and child psychology in a unique approach that nurtures the hearts and minds of kids. Through her writing, product invention and development, masterclasses for parents, and children’s advocacy, she works to build the emotional intelligence of kids, including resilience, empathy, kindness, and critical thinking. Tens of thousands of families and professionals testify to the unparalleled success of GoZen!'s programs. Originally a tech entrepreneur who suffered with her own anxiety, Renee founded GoZen! to help a new generation of kids, parents and therapists. Renee earned her Master’s degree in Positive Psychology – the scientific study of optimal human functioning – from the University of Pennsylvania.

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