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Brown Medical School

This is another little gem of a book from one of the most experienced and innovative teams in the world of pediatric psychology – Dr. Robert Pressman and Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman. Written in easy-to-understand language with a great deal of humor THE MAGIC QUESTION METHOD provides parents a very practical and effective tool for dealing with their children’s behavioral challenges from bedtime to insistence on getting a tattoo…and everything in between. 

Boris Skurkovich, M.D., Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Brown University Medical School; Chief of Pediatrics, Providence Community Health Centers

Boston Children’s Hospital: 

The Magic Question Method offers tired and stressed parents (especially during these trying times!) a practical, effective and common sense approach to changing children’s behavior and restoring family peace. MQM can transform it all with 3 simple words:  

Judith Owens MD MPH, Boston Children’s Hospital, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School 


The Magic Question Method: Modifying Your Child’s Troubling Behavior During and After Covid 19 will give you a sense of empowerment and your child a sense of accomplishment. You will learn how these changes will help your child feel safe, loved, and proud.

The Magic Question Method has a special section to help parents with the most difficult decision of our time–should I send my child back to school?   After reading the book, you will find that the decision is simple.

The Authors

Dr. Robert Pressman is a board certified family psychologist and co-author of The Learning Habit.  He is the lead of the Learning Habit Project with researchers from Brown Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital that studies the routines of more than 43,000 American families.

Stephanie Donaldson Pressman, LCSW, is best known as the author of The Narcissistic Family, the 11th bestselling psychiatric book of all time and is also the co-author of the bestselling The Learning Habit.

The Magic Question Method has been successfully used by thousands of parents, permanently solving problems of:

Bad attitude and not listening

Bedtime and getting up

Overuse of tablets and cell phones

Homework and online studies


Cleaning the room

Chores like dishes and trash

Showers and brushing teeth

Fighting with siblings

The Magic Question Method works with children as young as two years of age and with teenagers. The positive response of parents and children is astounding.


The Learning Habit

Groundbreaking Approach to Homework and Parenting that Helps Our Children Succeed in School and Life
Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman, Rebecca Jackson, Robert Pressman



Groundbreaking approach to building learning habits for life. 

Based one of the most comprehensive psychosocial research studies of all time, 50,000 parents from 4,600 cities across the nation participated in The Learning Habit . This is an unprecedented and candid look at their daily habits and routines – to see what works, and what doesn’t.

Life is different for kids today. Between standardized testing, the Common Core Curriculum, copious homework assignments, and seemingly endless amounts of “screen time,†it’s hard for kids – and parents – to know what’s most essential. How can parents help their kids succeed – not just do well “on the test†— but develop the learning habits they’ll need to thrive throughout their lives?

This important and parent-friendly book presents new solutions based on the largest study of family routines ever conducted. The Learning Habit offers a blueprint for navigating the maze of homework, media use, and the everyday stress that families with school-age children face; turning those “stress times†into opportunities to develop the eight critical skills kids will need to succeed in college and in the highly competitive job market of tomorrow – skills including concentration and focus, time management, decision-making, goal-setting, and self-reliance. Along with hands-on advice and compelling real-life case studies, the book includes 21 fun family challenges for parents and kids, bringing together the latest research with simple everyday solutions to help kids thrive, academically and beyond.


“Three authors—a psychotherapist, a pediatric psychologist, and a neuropsychological educator who are all parents—have compiled a guide that bamboozled moms and dads will welcome. This volume, which is based on a three-year study—the largest study of family routines ever conducted—is chock-full of examples from real families sorting through tough parenting decisions and provides valuable counsel.â€
—Publishers Weekly

“As kids rely more and more on digital forms of communication, their verbal skills are eroding. If you are raising kids, this book is an essential tool.â€
—Bill McGowan, Two Time Pulitzer Prize Winner and Author of Pitch Perfect: How to Say it Right the First Time, Every Time

“This book presents one of the most important and innovative approaches to parenting and habit formation I’ve seen in years. It’s a must-read for parents and educators.â€
—S. Richard Sauber, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, The American Journal of Family Therapy

“Wonderful book. The synthesis of case studies, interviews and impeccable research makes this a great read and a helpful and user-friendly manual for parents.â€
—Joel K Weltman, MD, PhD, Clinical Professor Emeritus of Medicine Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University

The Narcissistic Family: Diagnosis and Treatment

Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman and Dr. Robert M. Pressman


The 11th best-selling psychiatric title and self-help book of all time!

In this compelling book, the authors present an innovative therapeutic model for understanding and treating adults from emotionally abusive or neglectful families.


“The authors have skilfully presented an often difficult topic in an easy-to-read work which will be of value to helpers at any stage of their professional development.”
—Anglican Theological Review

“So readable and chock full of understandable case examples that it demands to be shared with patients. It focuses on the conduct of parents and their children trying to make sense out of their chaotic lifestyles in search of love, self-esteem, acceptance, and inner peace.
—Jack G. Wiggins, Ph.D., past president, American Psychological Association

“I believe that this book should be required reading for every family physician. It is a real eye opener for those physicians who routinely prescribe psychotropic medications without psychiatric input and without insisting on the patient’s participation in therapy.”
—Laurence Bouchard, D.O., past president, American Association of Doctors of Osteopathy