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Dr. Michael Thompson to Speak at Breck

Monday, January 9, 2017

The Peter Clark Center for Teaching & Learning Speaker Series
in Honor of the Class of 2016 welcomes Dr. Michael Thompson back to Breck! 

Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. is a consultant, author and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is the supervising psychologist for the Belmont Hill School and has worked in more than seven hundred schools across the United States, as well as in international schools in Central America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

He and his co-author, Dan Kindlon, wrote the New York Times best-selling book, Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys (Ballantine Books, 1999). He is the author of Speaking of Boys: Answers to the Most-Asked Questions about Raising Sons (Ballantine, 2000), and co-author (with Catherine O’Neill Grace and Larry Cohen, Ph.D.) of Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children (Ballantine, 2001) and Mom, They’re Teasing Me: Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems (Ballantine, 2002.)

About Best Friends, Worst Enemies the Publishers Weekly review declared, “Not since Dr. Spock and Penelope Leach has there been such a sensitive and practical guide to raising healthy children.” The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Achieve Success in School and in Life (with Teresa Barker, Ballantine, 2004) was written to help parents understand the complex journey of children through school, from kindergarten through senior year. His third book on the psychology of boys, entitled, It’s a Boy!: Understanding Your Son’s Development from Birth to Eighteen, was published in 2008. It focuses on the importance of undirected, free play in the lives of boys. Dr. Thompson’s newest book, Homesick and Happy: How Time Away From Parents Can Help a Child Grow, was published by Ballantine Books in May of 2012.

A dedicated speaker and traveler, Michael Thompson has appeared on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC 20/20, CBS 60 Minutes, The Early Show and Good Morning America. He has been quoted in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Time and U.S. News and World Report and has been a guest on NPR’s “Morning Edition” with Susan Stamberg, “Talk of the Nation” with Ray Suarez and the Diane Rhem Show. He wrote, narrated and hosted a two-hour PBS documentary entitled “Raising Cain” that was broadcast nationally in 2006.

Dr. Thompson is a past member of the American Camping Association and is on the Advisory Board of Parent Magazine. Dr. Thompson lives in Arlington, Massachusetts. He is married to Dr. Theresa McNally, a psychotherapist, and is the father of two grown children and the grandfather of two granddaughters: Aubrey and Brynlee.

It has been seven years since Dr. Thompson last joined us and we are delighted to have him at Breck on January 30, 31, and February 1 to speak with students, faculty and families. 

These books of Dr. Thompson's will be available for purchase in limited supply at parent events and will be available for purchase at the Breck Bookstore:

  • The Pressured Child: Freeing Our Kids from Performance Overdrive and Helping Them Find Success in School and Life
  • Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys
  • Speaking of Boys: Answers to the Most-Asked Questions About Raising Sons
  • It's a Boy!: Your Son's Development from Birth to Age 18
  • Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children
  • Mom, They're Teasing Me: Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems
  • Homesick & Happy - How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow

There are FOUR parent events so mark your calendars! Please note that two of them require an RSVP. Events will begin on time.

Monday, January 30

7:00-9:00 PM  
The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life
Cargill Theater, Breck School

Tuesday, January 31

9:00-10:00 AM  
College Admission: A Failed Rite of Passage
Parent Coffee | Heritage Room, Anderson Ice Arena
RSVP here by January 20

12:00-1:00 PM 
The Nature of Boys 
Box Lunch | Heritage Room, Anderson Ice Arena 
RSVP here by January 20

7:00-9:00 PM 
Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Friendship Development, Popularity and Social Cruelty in Childhood
Cargill Theater, Breck School

A special thank you to the Breck Parents Association Parent Education Committee for support in hosting these events.