Up Next: 

The Parent Trap: Are We Raising Wimps or Warriors?

  • Wednesday, January 25 | 7:30-8:30pm | Virtual Event

For decades, parents have been bombarded by messages imploring them to do more for their children. There has been a cultural shift expecting parents to do everything from playing to problem solving. In this effort to protect their children, many parents have actually stripped them of their coping capabilities.

In our latest Jonathan Samen Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations discussion series, we ask how can those who mean only the best for their kids end up hampering their development. We will look at cultural differences and varying parenting styles to examine if doing less is actually doing more.

Register for Free


Panel Speakers

Peter Gray

Peter Gray is a research professor of psychology and neuroscience at Boston College who has conducted and published research in neuroendocrinology, developmental psychology, anthropology, and education. He is author of an internationally acclaimed introductory psychology textbook (Psychology, Worth Publishers, now in its 8th edition), which views all of psychology from an evolutionary perspective. His recent research focuses on the role of play in human evolution and how children educate themselves through play and exploration, when they are free to do so. He also authors a regular blog called Freedom to Learn, for Psychology Today magazine. He is one of the founders of the nonprofit Alliance for Self-Directed Education and of the nonprofit Let Grow, the mission of which is to renew children’s freedom to play and explore independently of adult control.

Katie Hurley

Katie Hurley is a child and adolescent psychotherapist, parenting educator, public speaker, and writer. She is the founder of “Girls Can!” empowerment groups for girls between ages 5-11. Hurley is the author of the award-winning No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls, The Depression Workbook for Teens: Tools to Improve Your Mood, Build Self-Esteem, and Stay Motivated, and The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World.

Hara Estroff Marano

Hara Estroff Marano is an award-winning author, journalist, and editor who writes about all aspects of human behavior through a broad cultural lens. She is Editor at Large of Psychology Today magazine, formerly Editor in Chief.

Her articles at Psych Today on the culture of hyperparenting have garnered numerous awards. Marano also pens Psych Today’s advice column, Unconventional Wisdom. She is the author of three books. The most recent, A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting (Random House), examines the contemporary culture of parenting and documents how the rampant overmanagement of children is bad for them, for parents, and for the future of the country.

Richard Weissbourd

Richard Weissbourd is a Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Kennedy School of Government. He directs the Making Caring Common Project, a national effort to make moral and social development priorities in child-raising and to provide strategies to schools and parents for promoting in children caring, a commitment to justice and other key moral and social capacities. He leads an initiative to reform college admissions, Turning the Tide

He is a founder of several interventions for children facing risks, including ReadBoston and WriteBoston. He is also a founder of a pilot school in Boston, the Lee Academy. He has advised on the city, state and federal levels on family policy, parenting and school reform. He is the author of several books including The Vulnerable Child: What Really Hurts America’s Children and What We Can Do About It (Addison-Wesley, 1996) and The Parents We Mean to Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children's Moral and Emotional Development (Houghton Mifflin 2009).

What Is Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations?

If you enjoy a lively exchange of ideas on today’s hot button topics, the JCC’s acclaimed discussion series is for you.

We bring together distinguished scholars, thought leaders and expert moderators for thought-provoking dialogue on issues of concern to the Jewish community and beyond. The series is named in honor of Jonathan Samen, z”l (of blessed memory), past chair of the JCC Greater Boston Governing Board, to recognize his legacy of leadership.

More About Hot Buttons

All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts. As a 501(c)(3), JCC Greater Boston does not endorse or oppose candidates for public office or political parties.

  • For more information, or to find out about upcoming events, contact us at boxoffice@jccgb.org.