In a world full of many influences, The Parenting Project shows you how, through the practice of daily conversation, to maintain influence in your child's life. Are you losing the influence game with your children? If you want to direct your child's growth, then they need to get to know you. In The Parenting Project, parenting experts Dr. Amy Alamar and Dr. Kristine Schlichting show you how to talk with your children on a regular basis to gain their trust. In a time when kids have many things vying for their attention, you want to become the go-to person, the one they turn to the most for advice and comfort. Sometimes it's difficult to speak with your children about serious subjects. That's why The Parenting Project teaches you how to make a habit of it, providing you with prompts to help start potentially difficult conversations across a broad range of subjects that apply to everyday life. The authors have divided these conversations into five categories to inform your approach—Heart-based, Uncomfortable, Dangerous, Character, and Brave—because each type requires different strategies and "conversation starters." The book includes story after story of how parents have built extraordinary relationships with kids through the act of talking with one another, day by day. With some help from Dr. Alamar and Dr. Schlichting, it will be become easier to open up conversations with (rather than at) your children so that when the big questions arise, your child will turn to you first.
Amy Alamar, EdD, has worked in the field of education as a teacher, teacher educator, researcher, parent educator, and education reformer for over fifteen years. In her role as a teacher, Amy has taught elementary school, middle school, high school, and served as an adjunct professor teaching curriculum design. She has conducted significant research in the areas of constructivism, conversation, engagement in learning, utilization of multimedia in education and student stress. Amy is also a contributor to the Disney parenting website, Babble.com and a family resource specialist at Yellowbrick.me. Amy worked as the Director of Learning and Instruction at Gooru, designing and implementing digital curriculum for K–12 schools. Previous to that, she served as the Schools Program Director for Challenge Success at Stanford University where she oversaw programming for member schools and conducted professional development for middle and high school faculty and parent education presentations. As an educational consultant and speaker to parent and faculty groups, Amy focuses on a wide range of parenting topics including student stress and wellbeing, raising digital natives in the information age, and parenting kids with character. She also conducts faculty development workshops that focus on engagement with learning, professional communication, and curriculum design. She was an invited guest of Michelle Obama at the White House for a conversation about kids’ health in 2016. Amy is the mother of three children and resides in Avon, Connecticut, where she serves on the board of the Avon Education Foundation, dedicated to promoting and enhancing excellence in education. You can learn more about her at www.amyalamar.com.
Kristine Schlichting, PhD, is an innovator, entrepreneur, expert problem solver, and change agent fusing together the principles of psychology, neuroscience, coaching, and wellness. She is the Chief Psychologist and CEO of Hopewell Health Solutions, a multi-disciplinary psychology group practice in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Over the past ten years, Dr. Schlichting has “broken the box” of traditional talk therapy to develop a new model (i-Therapy™) for change, which is based on recent developments in neuroscience. Brain-based i-Therapy™ is active, dynamic, and collaborative; this therapy requires intervention, practice, and collaboration. She holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Connecticut. “Dr. K,” as she is fondly known by her clients, is a fierce advocate committed to helping all children and adults reach their fullest potential. She is also a mother to a child with dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, and learning disabilities, so she understands firsthand the struggle many parents face. You can learn more about her at www.hopewellhealthsolutions.com.