Our friends at Temple Beth Israel present a Sunday Seminar with Abigail Gewirtz, Ph.D discussing her new book, When the World Feels Like a Scary Place: Essential Conversations for Anxious Parents & Worried Kids. Dr. Gewirtz, an award-winning child psychologist and leading expert on families under stress, offers parents a clear and practical guide to discussing distressing topics in a calm, reassuring, and productive way that will help kids comprehend and process the world around them. Register for this free event HERE.
About the Book: Dr. Gewirtz sets the stage by giving parents tools to understand their own feelings before turning to their children’s. Here she explains how world events can affect parenting, why a parent’s background and personal experience affect their responses to stress, and how a parent’s anxiety transmits to their children. This is followed by a series of real-world essential conversations, actual dialogue scripts, talking points, prompts, and insightful asides. Each is tailored for different ages from three to eighteen, and guides parents towards a constructive conversation without sparking anxiety in their children.
About the Author: Dr. Abi Gewirtz is a Professor in the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development. Her career has been devoted to developing and testing award-winning, skills-based parenting programs, like the U.S. military After Deployment, Adaptive Parenting Tools/ADAPT, that promote children's resilience. Dr. Gewirtz has published more than 60 articles, book chapters, and a book on parenting and children's resilience. She is Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Psychology, a member of the Executive Committee of the International Union of Psychological Science, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Prevention Research. She been a consultant for national and international organizations, including the U.S. Congress and UNICEF, on parenting. She has conducted research in the United States, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, and has been invited to speak widely, in the U.S. and across the world, on parenting in times of stress. A native of London, England, Dr. Gerwitz resides in Minnesota with her husband and four children. Learn more at abigailgewirtz.com.
"A terrific book for parents who want to know how to talk about difficult, emotional issues with children."––Nancy Eisenberg, Regents' Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University
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