Dr. Robyn Silverman is a leading Child and Adolescent Development Specialist with a focus on character education and body/self esteem development during childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. As a strong believer that children are assets to be developed not deficits to be managed, her work reflects a positive approach that shows that with the right tools, all young people have the ability to thrive and succeed.
I’ve always been one of those people who like to look on the bright side of life. You can imagine that the evening news is definitely NOT for me. So when I became a Child and Adolescent Development Specialist and Success coach with a focus on body esteem and character development, I really wanted to help young people develop their strengths. I want to help parents, teachers, and mentors be a strong support system. In a nut shell, I feel that young people are assets to be developed, not deficits to be managed. We need to change our actions to support our future leaders in becoming their best.
There’s a lot out there that beat girls and women down for not being “enough.” They’re not thin enough, smart enough, tall enough, blond enough, or strong enough to measure up. Measure up to what? Whatever the media, their peers, their family, or even their own brain is telling them they need to be today. I’m stepping up to the plate to highlight news stories gone wrong, girls gone right, and programs that help to support strengths instead of weaknesses. I’d be grateful it you’d join me.
Dr. Robyn is a columnist and parenting expert for Bay State Parent Magazine, a highly praised magazine for parents that was named the Best Parenting Publication by Suburban Newspapers of America (SNA) in January 2008. She is known for her straight-forward parenting tips aimed to combat common problems such as low self confidence, bullying, back-to-school fears, poor sportsmanship, poor body image and quitting. Her column has been reprinted in other parenting magazines across the United States. Her articles can also be seen in various business and trade magazines for professionals who work with children. There, she provides tips on how to better practices when working with young people.
A sought-out speaker, Dr. Robyn is known for both entertaining the crowd with great stories as well as giving practical tips that can be put into action immediately. She presents at national and international conferences for businesses, after-school activity programs, schools, universities, and parenting groups. She was one of the keynote speakers at Fitting In and Standing Out: The Extreme Dreams for Teens Conference in which moms and daughters came together to talk about body image, stress management, confidence building, and self worth.
Dr. Robyn’s groundbreaking research at Tufts University demonstrates that those girls who deviate from the Western ideal of thinness can find a way to thrive. Dr. Robyn was published in the Applied Developmental Science Encyclopedia, a handbook for psychologists, as the expert in body esteem development in young people. She is also a reviewer for top psychology journals, Developmental Psychology and Applied Developmental Science and the body image expert for Elegant Plus, a magazine for girls and women. Her expertise has been channeled into the creation of a girls’ empowerment group called Sassy Sisterhood in which she works with girls on developing a positive sense of self.
Dr. Robyn is an international success coach for entrepreneurs, parents and educators and coaches people over the phone, in person and in retreat settings. POWerday Retreat allows motivated people to set goals for the year and get clear on their values, needs, relationships, and desired outcomes for their family, work-life, and themselves.
Dr. Robyn received her PhD from Tufts University’s Eliot Pearson Department of Child Development in Massachusetts after receiving her BA from Washington University in St. Louis and spending a year abroad studying at Oxford University of England. She is continuing her studies at MentorCoach, a coaching program for helping professionals. She resides in South Weymouth, Massachusetts with her family.
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