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The 5 Simple Truths of Raising Kids


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About the Author; Introduction: The Five Simple Truths about Tweens and Teens; Chapter 1: Kids Are Kids and Need to Be Kids; Chapter 2: Kids Are Good; Chapter 3: Kids Need Parents (And Parents Need to Be Parents); Chapter 4: Kids Need Adults in Their Lives; Chapter 5: Kids Need Communities; Chapter 6: What to Take From This and How to Apply It; Conclusion

About the Author

Brad Snyder is the President of New Amsterdam Consulting, Inc. Trained in research methods and child psychology, Snyder has been called upon to inform projects for industry giant like Marvel Comics and the Discovery Channel. He is best known for his work with children and adolescents, ranging from usability testing with hemophilic teenagers for Baxter Healthcare Corporation, to testing on-air promotions with 3rd and 4th graders for Cartoon Network, to conducting focus groups with youth inside juvenile prisons. His research and consulting have helped develop raw concepts into some of the industry's most successful programs, campaigns, videogames and new technologies for youth. In 2004, Snyder's work collecting and analyzing data on and from incarcerated youth helped the U.S. Justice Department win the prestigious Innovations in American Government Award from the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University. In 2008, the Phoenix Business Journal named Snyder one of the forty top business leaders under forty years-old. Snyder is a regular speaker at conventions, corporate retreats, and community gatherings and a guest commentator on local television and radio programs. Author of numerous articles, Snyder's work was cited as ""fascinating"" In 1990 at the age of 19, Snyder helped found HomeBase Youth Services, a shelter for homeless and runaway youth in Phoenix. In 1994, he ran one of the first AmeriCorps programs, a ""Learn and Serve America"" project, for United Neighborhood Houses in New York City. In 2005, Snyder helped found MentorE Online Youth Services, an organization that uses technology to link at-risk youth with caring mentors. Snyder currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of MentorE Online Youth Services and is a member of the Boards of Directors of HomeBase Youth Services and A New Leaf. Snyder holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Arizona State University; an M.P.A. in Public Policy from New York University; and an Ed.M. in Human Development Psychology, with a specialization in Adolescent Risk and Prevention, from Harvard University.


"This book provides an excellent overview of youth development. Educators and parents always look for advice and they will find many ideas about how to understand, support, and educate adolescents."--Gil G. Noam is the Founder and Director of the Program in Education, Afterschool & Resiliency (PEAR) and an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School.
In this wonderful book, Brad stands up for today's kids, debunks all the claims that they're somehow worse than the last generation, and offers sound, research-based advice on how parents and communities can do a better job raising them."--Neil Howe is a renowned authority on generations and social change in America. An acclaimed author and speaker, he is the nation's leading thinker on today's generations.
"For parents, teachers, community leaders, and any adult who cares about the next generation of our citizens, "The 5 Simple Truths of Raising Kids" is an urgent 'must-read"!--Carol J. Evans, President, Working Mother Media, and Author, "This is How We Do It: The Working Mothers' Manifesto"
"R. Bradley Snyder's book, "The 5 Simple Truths of Raising Kids" takes away the dread and replaces it with hopefulness and humor."--Nicole Feliciano, Editor & Founder of MomTrends
"Whether the context is food or video games, parents and children together can identify the central issue, and apply Brad's five simple truths to figure out what to do."--George C. Brackett, Former Director, Technology in Education Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Founder, Codman Academy Charter Public School, Boston
"Brad's humanity is infectious, and his dedication to his work is inspiring. I can think of no better mentor to parents needing reassurance that kids are good, and everything is going to be okay."--Art Roche, Creative executive for digital media and family entertainment
"You'll learn from his book, and enjoy the lessons. Like Spock two generations ago, Snyder's worth your attention

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