LOCKING HORNS WITH YOUR KIDS
May 1, 2014
Walden School’s Parent Education Speaker Series concluded this year with local Pasadena author Enrico Gnaulati, Ph.D. addressing a packed auditorium on the topic of “Healthy Parent-Child Conflict: Locking Horns With Your Kids to Build Self-Discipline.”
Dr. Gnaulati is a Columbia University educated psychologist in private practice here in Pasadena. He has published a host of journal and magazine articles on child development and children’s mental health, and is the author of two books: “Emotion-Regulating Play Therapy with ADHD: Staying with Playing” (Aronson, 2008) and “Back to Normal: Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder” (Beacon Press, 2013). His work has also appeared in The Atlantic, Salon.com, and numerous media outlets across the U.S.
Parents from Walden and other schools took home some new tools to know when and how to hold their ground during inevitable conflict, not over-talk issues, and even suffer being momentarily hated by their child. To keep conflict healthy and productive, Gnaulati challenges parents to foster our child’s “better self” and hold children to higher standards of honesty, decency, sensitivity, and productivity than they are naturally inclined to exhibit.
An open and lively discussion concluded the event. Walden’s Speaker Series is organized and presented by parent volunteers. The events are free and open to the community.