DR. LAURA KASTNER is a clinical psychologist who has conducted research, maintained a clinical practice and presented numerous workshops for parents. She is a clinical professor in both the psychology department and the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington.
In addition to her academic articles in the fields of child, adolescent and pediatric psychology, Dr. Kastner has co-authored five books: The Seven Year Stretch: How Families Work Together To Grow Through Adolescence, Houghton-Mifflin, 1997; The Launching Years: Strategies for Parents from Senior Year to College Life, Three Rivers Press, 2003; Getting to Calm: Cool-headed strategies for parenting tweens and teens, ParentMap, 2009; and Wise-Minded Parenting: 7 Essentials for Raising Successful tweens and teens, ParentMap, 2013. Dr. Kastner’s latest book, "Getting to Calm, The Early Years: Cool-headed Strategies for Raising Happy, Caring and Independent 3-7 Year Olds" has just been published by ParentMap (August, 2015).
Dr. Kastner is frequently interviewed in the media and presents lectures to the public on a wide-range of family and child development topics in settings across the United States. She and her husband of 30 years have two grown children.
"Getting to Calm - The Early Years"
The latest in Dr. Kastner’s celebrated parenting series, Getting to Calm, The Early Years is the first book for parents of children ages 3-7 that analyzes popular parenting approaches in light of fifty years of parenting research and current evidence-based treatment models. Offering clear, step-by-step descriptions of proven and effective techniques, this book guides parents as they help their children build competencies. Through vivid family vignettes, Kastner illustrates common traps and solutions for typical problems parents face with this age group, such as sleep problems, tantrums, defiance, power struggles and discipline. Her goal to teach skills and explain the developmental meaning behind behaviors so that parents can understand their blossoming children, address challenges mindfully and wisely, and enjoy this marvelous phase of life.