Closing Keynote Speaker: Laura Kastner
Dr. Kastner, Ph.D. received her doctorate in Psychology from University of Virginia. Currently a clinical professor in both the department of psychology and the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at U.W., Dr. Kastner has also taught in pediatrics, adolescent medicine, and the medical school. The topics of her academic publications include adolescent sexuality, chronic illness, suicide, eating disorders, adolescent development, behavioral pediatrics and medical education.
Dr. Kastner is a frequent speaker at conferences, workshops and forums on adolescent development and family relationships. She is an author of five books written for parents about child development and parenting. Titles include The Launching Years: Strategies for parenting from senior year to college life, Getting to Calm: Strategies for parenting tweens and teens
and Wise-Minded Parenting: 7 Essentials for raising tweens + teens
(ParentMap, 2013). Her most recent book is entitled Getting to Calm, The Early Years: Cool-headed strategies for raising happy, independent and caring 3- to 7-year-olds
is her first book written for parents of young children. Dr. Kastner sees children, adolescents, couples and families in her clinical practice. Her website is www.laurakastnerphd.com
.Session: Parenting “Generation Stress”: Competition, Materialism and Anxiety about the Future
Childrearing has been greatly affected by the economic and cultural changes in the U.S. since the 1970s. As the 21st century begins, children have become the central focus of American family life, with hidden costs to their more privileged lives. Even children in less advantaged homes receive more allowance and “perks” than ever before. Parents are invested in giving their children advantages and enhanced opportunities, and yet, lavishing money and material goods on children can disrupt children’s healthy development. Parents’ best intentions can lead to an erosion of a work ethic, the “entitled” child syndrome and a skewing of priorities. This presentation will address these issues and the following questions:
- Given the enormous focus on academic achievement and the development of special talents (e.g. athletics, music, etc.), how is there time to focus on such issues as religion, character, or chores?
- What are the hidden costs of giving your child too much of what they want?
- What are the signs that children are suffering from over-indulgence or over-scheduling?
- What are the most important parenting goals for raising healthy, competent children ready for college launching?