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Bright Kids Who Couldn't Care Less: How to Rekindle Your Child's Motivation

Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School (BUGS) presents

An Evening of Insights, Tools and Advice About How to Motivate Children


“He’s so smart, but no longer interested in school–or any 'offline' activities.”
“She used to love sports, but now she just mopes around.”
"My kid has turned into such a slacker!”

Sound familiar? If you're wondering how your bright, motivated child became an unengaged older kid or teen, you're not alone. Acclaimed psychologist and learning expert Dr. Ellen Braaten shares insights from her new book “Bright Kids Who Couldn’t Care Less: How to Rekindle Your Child's Motivation" to help you understand the many factors that affect motivation and to know and appreciate your own child's unique strengths, weaknesses, and personality traits.

Gain valuable tools for tackling the motivational problems that are so pervasive today–and build a plan to boost your child’s confidence and engagement in life.

"Dr. Braaten distills research and decades of clinical experience into this hugely useful guide. The book throws a lifeline to parents struggling to understand a kid who seems to have given up. If you want to help children discover and enjoy their strengths, this book is a 'must read.'"
--Lisa Damour, PhD, author of "The Emotional Lives of Teenagers"

Tickets are required for this event and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Order now, as they may not be available at the event. We look forward to seeing you there!

When: Monday, April 15th
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Where: Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School Auditorium, 500 19th Street
Cost: FREE to everyone, thanks to generous sponsorship!

All seats are general admission

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About  Ellen Braaten

Ellen Braaten, PhD, is an experienced and prominent psychologist, researcher, speaker, and author. At Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where Dr. Braaten has been affiliated since 1998, she is the Executive Director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) and the Kessler Family Chair in Pediatric Neuropsychological Assessment. She also holds an appointment of Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. In the past, Dr. Braaten served as an Associate Director of The MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds and the track director of the Child Psychology Training Program at MGH/Harvard Medical School (HMS).

For more about Dr. Braaten, see here. 

Park Slope Parents is a proud media sponsor for this event.

Monday, April 15, 2024, 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM
Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School Auditorium
500 19th Street
Brooklyn, NY  11215
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