Join local family therapist, Amanda Craig, PhD, LMFT for a three-part group series on family connection, based on her new book, Who Are You and What Have You Done With My Kid? These sessions, aimed at "tweens" aged 8 - 12 years of age, will offer a space where families can come together to discuss common pressures and how that affects mental health and well being. It will be an interactive group where families will leave with tips and tools for strengthening family connections.
Week 1, October 16th - Building family connections: Becoming the secure base kids need
Week 2, October 23rd - Building family connections: What gets in the way and how do we repair
Week 3, October 30th - Expanding the context: Learning from our past to understand our present
We ask that at least 2 members of a family attend together. All family members are welcome. Attendance is not required at all 3 events.
About the Author:
Dr. Amanda Craig is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has worked with individuals, couples and families in Darien and Manhattan for over 20 years. She is the author of a soon-to-be-released tween parenting book: Who Are You and What Have You Done with My Kid? In addition to her practice, she work with parents, kids and families through speaking events and tween pop-up workshops. Dr. Craig is a recipient of the 2022 Darien/Norwalk YWCA Women of Distinction award.
About the book, Who Are You and What Have You Done With My Kid:
So you have a Tween! What now? Dr. Amanda Craig knows what it’s like to watch your child go from sweet elementary student to moody tween in the span of just a few years. How do we keep our kids close while cultivating the confidence they’ll need to grow up? How do we navigate the inevitable dips, divides, and potholes? Where do we find the strength, self-awareness, and wisdom that amount to a path forward?
Despite the parenting opportunities in the tween years, parents often spend time focused on academics and the social concerns of elementary school then quickly pivot to worries about safety, drugs, sex and the rebellious behavioral issues of the teen years. However, they still have a “seat at the table” to make positive impressions on their tweens as they prepare them for the teenage years. In the book, Dr. Craig explores ways parents can connect with their tween while they are still listening.
Copies of the book, Who Are You and What Have You Done With My Kid? are available for purchase at Barrett Bookstore in Darien.