JoAnn Deak, Ph.D., is an international speaker, educator, and school
psychologist. She has spent more than 30 years helping children develop into confident and competent adults. She is a consultant to schools worldwide on issues of brain development, gender equity, and optimal learning environments for boys and girls. She is the author of two books, How Girls Thrive and Girls Will Be Girls: Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters.
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This biography was last updated on 11/29/2010.
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The following is an edited chat transcript with JoAnn Deak which took place in August 2002 at WrittenVoices.com.
Reproduced by permission of WrittenVoices.com.
birdlady33 : Where do parents draw the line when trying to introduce/suggest new activities/interests to children? When do they reach the point where children begin to perceive the suggestion as pressure?
JoAnn Deak : As long as it isn't pressure...
JoAnn Deak : It's all in the quantity of times you say it and your tone of voice.
birdlady33 : So suggest it once and then let it go?
sam : But sometimes the pressure comes from school and other parents
JoAnn Deak : It's important to 'taste' several things when you're young
Rusty : JoAnn, should you treat a girl who is particularly tomboyish any special way? Encourage/discourage her interests in boyish types ofplay?
Leslie : Do you basically feel your child be the guide for your parenting?
JoAnn Deak : but not eat everything on the smorgasbord!
Leslie : Can the parents be too soft though?
JoAnn Deak : Have you read the teeter totter theory of parenting.
birdlady33 : or end up being doormats?
sam : no, can you tell us about it?
Leslie : What is that theory?
JoAnn Deak : Health ...
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