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Raising Independent and Confident Kids

Raising Independent Kids

“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.”

― Denis Waitley

  • • Hosts Brigitte Jia and Katie Choo, both independent, creative, and confident teens, explore the importance of helping youth discover their own abilities and face their own struggles. Does independence suit some kids more than it does others? Do other cultures parent differently? Parents serve as a major influence in their children’s career development and career decision-making. Though we teens may believe that we are acting with complete independence from their wishes, parents definitely have a large impact on us in this aspect.

The duo interview Dr. Donald Moses, co-author of the book, Raising Independent, Self-Confident Kids. Dr. Moses explains clearly the importance of allowing kids to fail as well as helping them develop skills that will assist them to be fully functional adults rather than resorting to self-destructive behaviors. He talks about drugs and salaries in a no nonsense manner. Every teen and every parent needs to tune in to this episode of Express Yourself! as challenges are always on the horizon and this conversation has lots of answers,


Selected as one of the "Leading Physicians of the World" in the field of psychiatry, Donald A. Moses, MD is a psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of adolescents and young adults. He has many years of experience in treating patients with psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy, which has given him a clear understanding of the importance of children developing particular skills so that they later can be functional adults rather than resort to self-destructive behavior and difficulty functioning. He is the co-author, with Wendy Moss, PhD, of Raising Independent, Self-Confident Kids: Nine Essential Skills to Teach Your Child or Teen and The Tween Book: A Growing-Up Guide for the Changing You, and the author of several books, including, Are You Driving Your Children to Drink: Coping with Teen-age Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

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