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Parenting in Troubled Times

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: With so much violence in the world and so much media coverage of that violence, how do you keep your children calm and help them develop a sense of well-being?
Air Date: 5/18/16
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Amy Alamar, EdD
Amy-AlamarAmy Alamar, EdD, has worked in the field of education as a teacher, teacher educator, researcher, parent educator, and education reformer for over 15 years. During that time, her focus has been on under-sourced students, literacy, curriculum design and constructivist education. In her role as a teacher, Amy has taught elementary school, middle school, high school, and served as an adjunct professor teaching curriculum design. Amy has also conducted significant research in the area of utilization of multimedia in education and student stress.

In late 2014, Amy published her first book entitled Parenting for the Genius: Developing Confidence in Your Parenting through Reflective Practice (For the Genius Press, 2014). The book is a comprehensive guide to becoming the most thoughtful and confident parent possible, with anecdotes and details relating to the guidance and support of children in specific age ranges throughout their formative years. Amy is also a contributing author to the Disney parenting website, Babble.com.

Amy is currently the Director of Learning and Instruction at Gooru, where she works with K-12 schools on digital curriculum design and implementation. Her focus is on identifying and facilitating the creation of high-quality content into school programs. Previous to this, she served as the schools program director for Challenge Success at Stanford University. In her role there she oversaw all the programming for member schools and conducted professional development for middle and high school faculty and parent education presentations.

As a frequent 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 married and the mother of three children whom she learns from and enjoys each and every day. She is a resident of Avon, CT, 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 www.amyalamar.com.
  • Book Title: Parenting for the GENIUS: Developing Confidence in Your Parenting Through Reflective Practice
Parenting in Troubled Times
With so much violence in the world and so much media coverage of that violence, how do you keep your children calm and help them develop a sense of well-being?

You want to protect kids and shelter them from harsh realities, but it's important to expose them to real world events to prepare them for the future. 

Amy Alamar, author of Parenting for the Genius: Developing Confidence in Your Parenting through Reflective Practice, suggests providing context and conversation around difficult issues and events. Let them know that they're safe and it's your job to keep them safe and healthy. 

A little bit of anxiety is good; it helps get them through the day. Fear and anxiety is actually an essential part of a child's development. 

Amy also advises incorporating reflective practice, which involves learning from mistakes and then doing something about it. 

Listen in as Amy joins hosts Andrea and Lisa to share tips for parenting in troubled times.