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Kids, Emotions and Active Problem-Solving for Families



For Immediate Release
February 19, 2010
Contact: Kimberly McDonald


"Kids, Emotions and Active Problem-Solving for Families"
Renowned teen expert offers groundbreaking advice for parents

Parents who struggle with typical yet troubling adolescent behavior have a powerful ally: renowned teen expert Dr. Laura Kastner. Kastner's new book, Getting to Calm: Cool-headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens and Teens, is based on breakthroughs in brain science and decades of clinical practice. In a lecture on March 16, Kastner will offer parents a deeper understanding of the reasons for their child's frustrating behavior - and the skills to stay calm while coping with it.

Getting to Calm is "...required reading for any parent who struggles with their teen," according to renowned pediatrician Dr. T. Berry Brazelton of Harvard Medical School, who calls the book a work of  "... true insight into the mental and emotional world of adolescents." The lecture will take place on Tuesday, March 16 at The Bear Creek School in Redmond, from 7-9 p.m.

Kastner will offer strategies for parents dealing with:

  • Rude and sarcastic attitudes
  • Spoiled, bratty behavior
  • Experimenting with sex or drugs
  • Managing media
  • Puppy love
  • Problems at school
  • ...and preventing those problems from driving a wedge between parents

Laura S. Kastner, Ph.D., is a clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington and maintains a private practice in Seattle. She is a nationally recognized expert on adolescent behavior, and lectures widely on the subject, including appearances on national television.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For information and tickets, go to  or call 1-800-838-3006.


ParentMap, Seattle Children's, KCTS

Overlake Hospital, PEPS, The Bear Creek School, Columbia Hospitality

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