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When the World Feels Like a Scary Place

Sunday, October 25, 2020 7 Cheshvan 5781

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In a complicated world, big issues make both parents and children anxious—from disturbingly routine active shooter drills at school, to frightening news about climate change, pandemics, social justice issues, and violence. It’s all too easy for parents to feel at a loss for how to equip their child to deal with it all in a healthy way. In WHEN THE WORLD FEELS LIKE A SCARY PLACE: Essential Conversations for Anxious Parents & Worried Kids, Dr. Abigail Gewirtz offers parents a clear and practical guide to discussing these sensitive topics in a calm, reassuring, and productive way that will help kids comprehend and process the world around them.  

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Dr. Gewirtz sets the stage by giving parents tools to understand their own feelings before turning to their children’s. She offers:

  • Exercises to help parents balance the desire to protect children with the need to nurture independence, techniques to detect common anxieties, and ideas for how to approach the conversation. 
  • Ways to identify and nurture children’s opinions, thoughts, values, and goals by using anxiety as a motivating signal rather than a reason to shut down.
  • Perspectives on how bad things happening in the world affect children and how parents can raise engaged and confident kids despite them
  • Different ways children react to stress and ways parents can read the signs 

In this indispensable book, Dr. Gewirtz coaches parents through the hard conversations about violence and bullying, climate and environmental stressors, relentless tech and media exposure, economic inequality, and political polarization and equips them with a newfound confidence to help children stay resilient—even when the world feels like a scary place. 

Dr. Abigail Gewirtz is a child psychologist and professor at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development. Her career has been devoted to developing and testing award-winning, skills-based parenting programs to promote children’s resilience. Dr. Gewirtz has consulted for and presented to national and international organizations, including the US Congress and UNICEF, on parenting. She has conducted research in the US, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, and has been invited to speak throughout the world on parenting in times of stress. For more information, visit Dr. Abigail Gewirtz at  

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