Public Speaking Engagements on Parenting and Child Well-being
Why Unattractive Children are at Risk and What Parents Can Do About it
Dr. Harrell has carried out work involving children and their parents, teachers, scout leaders and other caretakers for more than 40 years. He has published extensively and spoken to students, teachers, scholars, lawyers, nurses, social workers, psychologists, parents and countless others. He has taught more than 18,000 students in universities in Canada and the U.S. He has lead two major university laboratories and served as an expert in dozens of cases involving child injuries or fatalities.
A constant theme in his work has been increasing awareness of the hazards that confront children in their homes, schools, playgrounds and public places. One of the biggest hazards are their own caretakers, whether they are parents, grandparents, babysitters or other adults.
Another risk factor is a child's personal appearance. Our society is obsessed with beauty. Unconsciously, we make decisions about our children based on their attractiveness. This came to light in a 2005 study by Dr. Harrell that resulted in thousands of radio and TV interviews, letters, e-mails and news stories. Dr. Harrell has documented how a child's "beauty" predicts educational and career success, happiness, popularity among peers, risk of being bullied, neglected or abused, and even life span!
Dr. Harrell has other important child rearing messages. Are you aware that two (or three or more) parents, teachers. day care workers or babysitters watching your child may increase the risk of harm? Or, that grandparents are more neglectful than parents. Or, that youngest children (especially unattractive ones) are at greater risk than older children in a family?
Dr. Harrell's ideas are firmly rooted in years of research and study, having observed thousands of parents and their children in real-life settings.
His talks are always entertaining, thought provoking and laced with a sense of humor gained from raising five children. Join him in challenging the conventional wisdom that can be lethal to kids.
To book a speaking engagement, contact Dr. Harrell at Harandrw@aol.com or (805) 549-7745.