dbg_002_182x273.jpgDr. Bee-Gates talks with young people everyday about the challenges of becoming an adult in her position as adjunct faculty in the Child and Adolescent Development Department at San Jose State University (SJSU). Lectures on materialism and child development typically lead to fascinating discussions about the ways in which people use possessions in order to feel good and to boost their self-esteem. Like many others who live in this affluent nation, her students will reward themselves for a completing a difficult assignment or indulge in something new to alleviate depression or anxiety.Before teaching at SJSU, Bee-Gates worked as a child therapist at a community mental health agency. The common thread among the parents of children with whom she worked was the desire that their youngsters grow to be self-reliant, contented individuals—happy in work, play, and love. I Want It Now provides parents with ideas on helping children to develop strong identities and resilient natures.

Donna Bee-Gates received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Stanford University. She has co-authored research articles on child development, written for Bay Area Parent and Big Apple Parent, and been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Newsday, the Chicago Tribune and on the television programs View from the Bay (KGO Channel 7) and the KRON4 Morning News. She loves yoga, reading, art, music . . . and the occasional trip to the mall.