We are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer a monthly virtual panel for the families in our community. In October, join three experts discussing the conversations you need to be having with your kids and ways to do that in our latest panel via Zoom Webinar.
Dr. Abi Gewirtz, author of When the World Feels Like a Scary Place, discusses how to talk about subjects that cause anxiety for you and your child.
Michelle Watson-Canfield, PhD, author of Let's Talk: Conversation Starters for Dads and Daughters, discusses how dads can forge heart-to-heart connections with their daughters through conversation.
Shafia Zaloom, author of Sex, Teens, and Everything in Between, discusses how to have the modern sex conversation with your child, in an age where the landscape has changed considerably from our youth.
Physical copies of each title are available for curbside pickup or shipping. You can also order the Kobo ebooks through the links below for automatic download.
Zoom Webinar registration link here.
Dr. Abi Gewirtz is a child psychologist and a leading expert on families under stress. She is a Professor in the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development (ranked the world's third-leading institution of its kind), . 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 has consulted to 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. Abi resides in Minnesota with her husband and four children.
Michelle Watson-Canfield, PhD is a licensed professional counselor, speaker, author, and radio host of The Dad Whisperer. She seeks to live out her God-given assignment inspiring, equipping, and leading fathers of daughters to dial in to their daughters' hearts with more intentionality and consistency. Founder of The Abba Project, a nine-month educational process group forum for dads with daughters from 13 to 30, Michelle has a mission to help dads through teaching them how to better engage with their daughters.
Shafia Zaloom is a health educator, consultant and author whose work centers on human development, community building, ethics, and social justice. Her approach involves creating opportunities for students and teachers to discuss the complexities of teen culture and decision-making with straight-forward, open and honest dialogue. Shafia has worked with thousands of children and their families in her role as teacher, coach, administrator, board member, and outdoor educator. Shafia is currently the health teacher at the Urban School in San Francisco, and develops curricula and trainings for schools across the country. She was honored by the San Francisco Giants Foundation in 2018 for her work with Aim High, a program that expands opportunities for students from low-income neighborhoods and their teachers through tuition-free summer learning enrichment. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, NPR, and PBS. She lives in California with her husband and three children.
In a lifesaving guide for parents, Dr. Abigail Gewirtz shows how to use the most basic tool at your disposal--conversation--to give children real help in dealing with the worries, stress, and other negative emotions caused by problems in the world, from active shooter drills to climate change.
But it's not just how to talk to your kids, it's also what to say: The heart of When the World Feels Like a Scary Place is a series of conversation scripts--with actual dialogue, talking points, prompts, and insightful asides--that are each age-appropriate and centered around different issues. Along the way are tips about staying calm in an anxious world; the way children react to stress, and how parents can read the signs; and how parents can make sure that their own anxiety doesn't color the conversation. Talking and listening are essential for nurturing resilient, confident, and compassionate children. And conversation will help you manage your anxieties too, offering a path of wholeness and security for everyone in the family.
Many great father-daughter books highlight the benefits of being an engaged father, cite statistics about the impact fathers have on a daughter's life, and give practical advice about how to foster such relationships. But once the stage has been set, many dads don't know what to say or how to approach conversations with their daughters.
Using her decades of experience in counseling young women and coaching fathers, Michelle Watson has created a step-by-step template for having conversations that build a stronger bond through laughter, vulnerability, honesty, and self-disclosure. Let's Talk is filled with dozens of scripted questions that walk fathers through the levels of creating a heart-to-heart connection with their daughters by communicating the right way. Through this easy-to-read guide, dads will learn how to listen and build trust as they move from get-to-know-you chats to deep discussions that dive into their daughters' struggles, hurts, and hopes.
The only sex education book you need to start a conversation with your kids about sexual harassment, consent, #metoo, and more
Being a teen in today's world can be hard. Raising a healthy, aware, and sex-positive teen can be even more of a challenge. When it comes to sexuality in adolescence, harassment, autonomy, advice, and consent, it's crucial that teens be able to ask hard questions about how to take care of themselves, make decisions that reflect their values, and stay safe. Enter: Sex, Teens, and Everything in Between, by veteran teen sex educator and mother of three Shafia Zaloom, which acts as a conversation starter to discuss a wide variety of sex-related topics with your teens, including:
- How to get and give consent
- What it means to have "good" sex
- How to help prevent sexual harassment and assault
- How to stay safe in difficult situations
- The legal consequences of sexual harassment and assault, and what to do if a teen experiences assault or is accused of it
- Stories from survivors of sexual assault
Talking to your child about sex and realizing it's perfectly normal is step one. Having proactive and engaged discussions about all that comes along with teen sex is step two, and that's where this book is here to help. Approachable, engaging, and with real-life scenarios and discussion questions in every chapter, Sex, Teens, and Everything in Between is a must-have resource that gives parents and educators the tools they need to have meaningful conversations with teens about what sex can and should be.