Research has shown that over-involved parents can stifle and suppress their children’s normal development process and actually increase their levels of depression, anxiety, and narcissism well into adulthood. In the depths of a pandemic, the family dynamic changed as families spend more time together combining work, school, and play. Parents with children at every age were challenged to step back and evaluate their own helicopter parenting tendencies being both parent and teacher, dealing with rebellious teenagers, and welcoming back home their young, independent adults after being empty-nesters.
Hear from Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair who is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, leading child development expert and award-winning author of the book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age as she offers insight into why stifling is harmful and how we can avoid the “helicopter parenting” pitfalls even in the midst of challenges. By providing us with step-by-step solutions for how to go about building our children’s skills and independence – Dr. Steiner-Adair gives us the tools we need to create happier, kinder, and ultimately more successful adults.
About Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair
Dr. Steiner-Adair is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, school consultant and author. In her award-winning book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age (cited as a Wall Street Journal TOP 10 Best Non-Fiction 2013), Dr. Steiner-Adair examines ways in which the wonders of technology and media also change how children learn and grow, and she shows parents and educators how to reap the benefits of tech while reducing the risks it poses at every stage of child development.
A leading expert specializing in child development, education, and family relationships, she speaks and consults on a wide range of topics, including social and emotional intelligence, leadership education, health and wellbeing, nourishing healthy relationships in the digital age, and developing a thoughtful approach to technology for children, parents and educators.
An internationally recognized expert in child development, education, and family relationships. While getting her doctorate at Harvard, Dr. Steiner-Adair began her career as a school psychol0gist and researcher while working at Phillips Academy Andover. Since then, she has consulted worldwide to over 600 independent and public schools and spokes at conferences on a wide range of topics including social and emotional intelligence, girl’s development, and best practices for technology at home, schools and work. Her audiences are students, educators, parent organizations, health professionals, corporations, non-profit organizations, government leaders and NGO’s.
As a resource to the media, Dr. Steiner-Adair has appeared on ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, PBS, NPR News and she in New York Times, WSJ, Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN Opinion, Time and in the International press. Her earlier research on educating girls to lead and preventing eating disorders lead to the development of “Full of Ourselves: A Wellness Program to Advance Girl Power, Health, and Leadership,” the first successful currriculum of its kind, which is currently being translated for use in other countries.
Dr. Steiner-Adair has a private practice in Cambridge, MA. She serves on several Advisory Boards and until this fall, she was a Research Associate in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Psychologist at McLean Hospital.