A Virtual Conversation with Dr. Abi Gewirtz Focuses on Anxious Parents, Worried Kids

Monday, November 9, 2020 - 7:00pm

Child psychologist Dr. Abi Gewirtz shares the wisdom in her new book, When the World Feels like a Scary Place: Essential Conversations for Anxious Parents & Worried Kidsin conversation with Dr. Jamie Schiff, Director of the Program for Young Children at Columbus School for Girls. The program will be live streamed via Zoom Webinar. 

Registration is on Eventbrite where you will receive login information and full instructions closer to the event. A general admission ticket to access the event is $5; in purchasing a copy of Dr. Abi’s book at $18, you waive the admission fee.  

Columbus School for Girls and Bexley Schools are Gramercy’s Community Partners for this program.

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.

It’s an understatement to say we live in an age of anxiety. Political polarization, school shootings, income inequality, climate issues, sexual harassment, and more—whether it’s on the news or hitting closer to home, it’s impossible to tune out. Problem is, most children can’t put these issues in perspective, and parents, often anxious themselves, can have a hard time talking to their kids without making it worse. Dr. Abigail Gewirtz, a child psychologist and leading expert on families under stress, now 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.

Along the way are tips about staying calm in an anxious world; the different ways children react to stress, and how parents can read the signs; and how parents can make sure they stay on the same page (stress often causes a rift between parents—Dr. Abi gives advice for dealing with this together). 

It’s a book needed now more than ever, offering a path of wholeness and security for both anxious parents and worried kids. 

Dr. Abi Gewirtz 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. 

As Director of the Program for Young Children at Columbus School for Girls, Jamie Schiff works intimately with young children, teachers, and families.  Her desire to advocate for the rights of young children began when she was introduced to the Reggio Emilia approach to learning, which highlights the ways children are capable across all domains of development.