The Seven-Year Stretch
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 four 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 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 28 years have two grown children.
Raising a happy and successful teenager is a challenge for any parent, even the most patient and wisest among us. Parenting adolescents requires all sorts of skills that most of us don’t naturally possess. In this down-to-earth, practical guide, you’ll learn how to tap your “wise mind” to calmly navigate even the stormiest of parenting moments. You'll learn how to preserve your loving relationship while encouraging progress towards the 7 essentials of happy, healthy teens:
The 7 essentials of happy, healthy teens:
- Secure attachment to parents
- Academic success
- Social thriving
- Emotional flourishing
- Strong character
- Physical health
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With humor, wisdom and a deep understanding of the teenaged brain, Dr. Kastner, author of Getting to Calm: Cool-Headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens and Teens, and Russell provide clear and useful tools for parents, giving them effective new ways to manage their own emotions in the heat of the moment with their teen while maintaining — and even gaining — closeness.
Parenting from your wise mind
Raising a happy child is a challenge for any parent, even the most patient and wisest among us. From new baby mysteries to toddler tantrums to the challenging tween and teen years, parenting requires all sorts of skills that most of us don’t naturally possess. Dr. Laura Kastner, author of Wise-Minded Parenting shares tips for tapping your “wise mind” to calmly navigate even the stormiest of parenting moments.
View videos of Dr. Kastner describing wise-minded family enhancement exercises:
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“This is such an amazingly useful book for parents of a teenager. It gives you realistic dialogue that fails, and the retakes that make these dialogues work. First of all, what defines a great conversation with a teen may surprise many parents. Second of all, Kastner teaches you the specific skills and the general wisdom to guide your teen through adolescence, and stay emotionally connected throughout. This is a great book--a must read for all parents.”
John M. Gottman, Ph.D.
Author, Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child
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