Raising Resilience Presents a Speaker Event


The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives

with William Stixrud, Ph.D., and Ned Johnson














Upon reflection and after consulting our featured speaker team, Raising Resilience has decided to POSTPONE “The Self-Driven Child” event.


This decision is made out of respect for our community and our presenters, and follows the Washington State Department of Health recommendations to limit large social gatherings as the impact of COVID-19 continues to develop.


We recognize that reactions to our current situation vary and empathize with individual choices. We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding.




The event will be planned for a more optimal time when our community can come together in a positive environment to benefit from this program. Stay tuned for the new date!




If you have already purchased a ticket, we will be in touch in a separate email regarding refunds. You may choose to hold tickets for the reschedule date or request a refund.




We are still excited about bringing William Stixrud, Ph.D. and Ned Johnson, the authors of “The Self-Driven Child” to Bainbridge, and they are looking forward to engaging with local parents and educators at a time when we can gather without the distraction of concerns. Thank you to our sponsors: Carden Country School, Northwest Family Psychology, Columbia Bank, Kidimu, West Sound Academy, Montessori Country School, Trillium Natural Medicine, College Advisory Services, and Marshall Suites for their flexibility as we reschedule this event.


In the meantime, we share collective hope for the well-being of our community,


Your Raising Resilience Team

ABOUT THE EVENT (which will be rescheduled, stay tuned for the new date....)

Clinical neuropsychologist, William Stixrud, Ph.D. and motivational coach and tutor, Ned Johnson, nationally-recognized authors of the best-selling book "THE SELF-DRIVEN CHILD" - as featured on NPR and in Scientific American, the Washington Post, and morewill share with Bainbridge parents how to foster resilience in our children and help set them on the real road to success. 


The evening will include breakout sessions and practical tips for parents of different age groups (kindergarten through high school).

This event is for parents only.



A few years ago, Bill Stixrud and Ned Johnson started noticing the same problem from different angles: Even high-performing kids were coming to them acutely stressed and lacking motivation. Many complained they had no control over their lives. Some stumbled in high school or hit college and unraveled. Bill is a clinical neuropsychologist who helps kids gripped by anxiety or struggling to learn. Ned is a motivational coach who runs an elite tutoring service. Together they discovered that the best antidote to stress is to give kids more of a sense of control over their lives. But this doesn't mean giving up your authority as a parent.

In their groundbreaking book they reveal how you can actively help your child to sculpt a brain that is resilient, and ready to take on new challenges. "The Self-Driven Child" offers a combination of cutting-edge brain science, the latest discoveries in behavioral therapy, and case studies drawn from the thousands of kids and teens Bill and Ned have helped over the years. As parents, we can only drive our kids so far. At some point, they will have to take the wheel and map out their own path. But there is a lot you can do before then to help them tackle the road ahead with resilience and imagination.


This event is made possible in part by support from











* As we strive to reach all families in our community, a pool of free tickets is available at Helpline House. Just ask!

Thanks to our One Call for All donors for helping us provide this option!


Bainbridge Island Boys and Girls Club, located across from Woodward Middle School at 9453 Coppertop Loop NE,

will offer childcare with dinner for $10 from 6:30 - 9:15 for the rescheduled date (tbd).



"This humane, thoughtful book turns the latest brain science into valuable practical advice for parents.” 

- Paul Tough, New York Times best-selling author of How Children Succeed

“Compelling, revolutionary, and wise, The Self-Driven Child empowers parents with the courage, the tools, and the mindset to reduce toxic stress, and to foster our child’s capacity for resilience, success, and optimal development. Its message – that we should trust kids to have more control over their lives – is one every parent needs to hear.” – Tina Payne Bryson, Phd (co-author of The Whole Brain Child and The Yes Brain)


“This extraordinary book shines a light into the darkness… Stixrud and Johnson do more than identify the demons – they slay them.” – Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist


“It is not an overstatement to say this is one of the most radical books and raising healthy, resilient, purpose-driven kids.” – Madeline Levine, Phd


“An invaluable resource for the thinking parent.” – Lisa Damour, author of UNTANGLED.


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