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What do you truly want for your children? It’s probably not another soccer trophy or star on their chore list. Most parents would say that they want their
children to be happy. In his keynote presentation, Edward Hallowell, MD, father of three and a clinical psychiatrist, shows how the qualities of
resourcefulness, persistence and resilience are key to children’s happiness and success.
To help caregivers encourage their children to learn these necessary skills, Hallowell created a five-step plan: Connection, Play, Practice, Mastery and Recognition. These five steps lead logically from one to the next, circling back to the
first—connection. Self-esteem, confidence, resourcefulness, persistence and resiliency grow spontaneously out of the process. We know that parents,
teachers, and all others who care for children can give the gift of happiness for a lifetime by fostering these qualities in children.
Edward Hallowell, MD,
is a practicing child and adult psychiatrist and founder of the Hallowell Centers, which provide a full range of diagnostic, medical, counseling, and
alternative treatment services for children and adults with learning issues, emotional or mental disorders and attention deficit disorder. He was
previously an instructor at Harvard Medical School.
Hallowell is the author of 18 books on psychological topics, including attention deficit disorder, the power of human connection, childhood roots of
happiness in life, methods for forgiving others, dealing with worry, and managing excessive busyness. In addition, he is an internationally recognized
speaker who has presented on topics such as attention deficit disorder, strategies on handling your fast-paced life, and other pertinent family and health
issues. He has been featured on many popular television shows such as 20/20, 60 Minutes, Oprah, and Dr. Oz, and has been interviewed
often by national publications, including the New York Times, Newsweek, and Time Magazine.