Parenting teens is not easy, even in ideal circumstances. But parenting with imposed social distancing when adolescents thrive on face-to-face interactions creates unprecedented challenges. The balance of honoring valid feelings at the same time as encouraging effective problem solving is a tight-rope—for parents and our teens! Join Dr. Laura Kastner, clinical psychologist and author, as she helps us identify the evidence-based factors that predict best outcomes for people who successfully adapt to challenging circumstances. She will articulate the need for resilience and personal agency – the ability to plan and direct action toward realistic goals, adjusting as needed – as key strengths that can help both parents and teens in these complex times. With warmth and calm reassurance, Dr. Kastner will provide us with action-oriented strategies for skillful and effective ways of coping, problem-solving, and maintaining optimism.
About the Speakers
Laura Kastner, PhD, is a nationally recognized author, speaker and clinical professor at the University of Washington. Dr. Kastner has appeared on The Today Show and many TV news programs, as well as written for parenting magazines. She is the author of academic articles on topics ranging from medical education to eating disorders, teenage sexuality, and chronic illness. Dr. Kastner has authored several parenting books such as The Seven Year Stretch: How Families Work Together To Grow Through Adolescence; The Launching Years: Strategies for Parents from Senior Year to College Life and Getting to Calm: Cool-headed strategies for parenting tweens and teens.
Nanci Kauffman has been the Head of School at Castilleja School since 2010. She currently serves on the Boards of Trustees of Wagner College and the Peninsula Bridge organization. A veteran teacher and administrator, she has focused bringing excellence to single-sex education.