Author Nancy Carlsson-Paige to Speak at Inly

Inly is pleased to welcome Nancy Carlsson-Paige, the author of Taking Back Childhood: Helping Your Kids Thrive in a Fast-Paced, Media-Saturated, Violence-Filled World, to its Insight Speaker Series.

Thursday, April 16, 2009
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Meehan Family Artsbarn, Inly School
Free and open to the public.

Nancy Carlsson-Paige’s book offers practical, hands-on approaches parents can take to create a safe, open, and imaginative environment in which kids can relish childhood and flourish as human beings. This groundbreaking book helps parents navigate the social currents shaping, and too often harming, the lives of kids today-and restore childhood to the very best of what it can and should be.


Taking Back Childhood

Reviews from

“Dr. Carlsson-Paige is dedicated to the well-being of children. In Taking Back Childhood, she provides real-life examples for preserving children’s creative play and relationships from the unhealthy onslaught of media and technological distractions. I highly recommend it.”
—Alvin F. Poussaint, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Judge Baker Children’s Center

“Taking Back Childhood brims with practical advice for the challenges parents face today. Nancy Carlsson-Paige speaks with emotional wisdom.”
—Daniel Goleman, author of the New York Times bestsellers Emotional Intelligence and Social Intelligence

“If you are like most parents, you’re worried about the new realities of childhood – violence, sexualization, the speed-up of daily life, materialism – topics which are not adequately covered in the classic parenting guides. How much TV? What to do when a child is disrespectful? What’s causing the tantrums or excessive anxiety? Nancy Carlsson-Paige’s brilliant new book shows parents how to navigate the treacherous waters of our culture, and our children’s reactions to it. Based on decades of research, teaching, and practice in the philosophy of child-development, she returns us to the basic needs of creativity, security, and connection. As you read it, I suspect it will not only profoundly affect how you parent, but also how you live your own life. Taking Back Childhood deserves to take its place among the classics, read and re-read by parents everywhere.”
—Juliet B. Schor, author of Born to Buy; Professor of Sociology, Boston College

With Taking Back Childhood, Dr. Carlsson-Paige explains the many ways our culture and media are threatening our children’s healthy development. She gives adults concrete strategies for fighting back. Today’s parents need this book.”
—Marian Wright Edelman, President, Children’s Defense Fund

The book is on sale at Buttonwood Books and Toys in Cohasset. Reading the book is not required for participation – just a willingness to learn and be engaged by thoughtful conversation.

Child care and pizza will be available for all students currently enrolled at Inly. Please contact Annika to register for child care.


About the Speaker
Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Ed.D., is a Professor of Education at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA where she has taught teachers for 30 years, and a research affiliate at Lesley’s Center for Children, Families, and Public Policy. Since the mid-1980s, Nancy has been researching and writing about how violence, especially in the media, affects children’s social development, and is a recognized national expert on this subject. She also teaches and writes about how children learn to be peacemakers–how the skills for caring relationships and positive conflict resolution can grow in children and young people.

Nancy has co-authored four books, including The War Play Dilemma: What Every Parent And Teacher Needs to Know, and written numerous articles on media violence, conflict resolution, peaceable classrooms and global education. Nancy is a consultant for public television, and has worked on shows for Arthur, Postcards from Buster, Zoom and Fetch. For more information, visit

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