Book Festival: When the World Feels Like a Scary PlaceDate: November 15, 2020Time: 10:00 am
When the World Feels Like a Scary Place: Essential Conversations for Anxious Parents and Worried Kids
Sunday, November 15, 2020 • 10:00AM
Moderated by: Dr. Julie Hertzer, Pediatrician
An urgent and necessary book, When the World Feels Like a Scary Place brings solutions to a problem that is only going to get worse—how bad things happening in the world affect our children, and how we can raise engaged and confident kids in spite of them. Dr. Abigail Gewirtz, a child psychologist and leading expert on families under stress, offers a clear and truly practical guide to having the kind of tough conversations with your kids that really help. But it’s not just how to talk to your kids, it’s also what to say: The heart of the book is a series of conversation scripts, with actual dialogue, talking points, prompts, and insightful asides, each tailored for different ages and centered around different issues. She shows how to let the child lead. How to not make the problem worse by saying more than a child needs to know. How to check in with yourself to make sure your own anxiety doesn’t color the conversation.
Dr. Abigail Gewirtz
Abigail 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. She has consulted to national and international organizations including the U.S. Congress and UNICEF, on parenting. She has conducted research in the U.S., 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.