Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson is a licensed psychologist with an active practice in the Twin Cities.He has worked in the field of social work and family psychology for 30 years, focusing on children, adolescents and their parents. In addition to parenting his own three children, Michael and his wife have been short term foster parents for 13 adolescents. Michael is a frequent speaker on the topics of mental health and parenting, and has consulted with school boards, teachers, coaching staffs and youth leaders in implementing the principles in his book (co-authored with Dr. Timothy Johanson), GIST: The Essence of Raising Life-Ready Kids.

Better Ways to Communicate With Your Children (Part 2 of 2)

Michael Anderson and Dr. Timothy Johanson encourage parents to stop trying so hard to raise “perfect” kids by lecturing, reminding and warning them – which are often ineffective anyway. Our guests advise that parents should instead adopt a more hands-off approach that lets natural consequences teach their children. (Part 2 of 2)

Better Ways to Communicate With Your Children (Part 1 of 2)

Michael Anderson and Dr. Timothy Johanson encourage parents to stop trying so hard to raise “perfect” kids by lecturing, reminding and warning them – which are often ineffective anyway. Our guests advise that parents should instead adopt a more hands-off approach that lets natural consequences teach their children. (Part 1 of 2)

Rethinking Your Parenting Strategies (Part 2 of 2)

Psychologist Michael Anderson and Dr. Timothy Johanson explain how many parents waste time and energy on parenting strategies that don’t work, and offer practical suggestions for more effectively disciplining children and raising them to become well-adjusted adults. (Part 2 of 2) 

Rethinking Your Parenting Strategies (Part 1 of 2)

Psychologist Michael Anderson and Dr. Timothy Johanson explain how many parents waste time and energy on parenting strategies that don’t work, and offer practical suggestions for more effectively disciplining children and raising them to become well-adjusted adults. (Part 1 of 2) 

Sad teen girl, appears to have given up on life

Learned Helplessness: When Kids Give Up Trying

How learned helplessness develops in families

No More Empty Words: Why Parents Should Talk Less

The secret to helping kids make wise choices may be easier than you think