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Lisa Damour, PhD


When is it okay to let kids struggle?

Thurs, September 21, 5PM

As parents, we hate to see our kids in distress. So how do we know when it's time to let them find their way through difficulty and when it's time to step in to help? In this talk, psychologist Dr. Lisa Damour will explain the developmental value of unwanted feelings, how parents can support their children without overstepping, how to know when a child or teen is dealing with too much, and what parents should do.


Moderated by Daisy Pellant, PhD, Head of School, Kehillah Jewish High School

About our speakers

Dr. Lisa Damour is the author of three New York Times best sellers: Untangled, Under

Pressure, and The Emotional Lives of Teenagers. She co-hosts the Ask Lisa podcast,

works in collaboration with UNICEF, and is recognized as a thought leader by the

American Psychological Association. Dr. Damour is also a regular contributor to The New York Times and CBS News.

Dr. Damour serves as a Senior Advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case

Western Reserve University and has written numerous academic papers, chapters, and

books related to education and child development. She maintains a private practice and

also speaks to schools, professional organizations, and corporate groups around the

world on the topics of child and adolescent development, family mental health, and

adult well-being.

Dr. Damour graduated with honors from Yale University and worked for the Yale Child

Study Center before earning her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of

Michigan. She has been a fellow at Yale’s Edward Zigler Center in Child Development

and Social Policy and the University of Michigan’s Power Foundation. She and her

husband are the proud parents of two daughters.


Daisy Pellant, PhD, is beginning her fourth year as Head of School at Kehillah. Her 30-year career as an educator and psychologist has taken her across the country and around the world.

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