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Why Do They Act That Way? Proven Strategies to Understand and Stay Connected To Your Teen - On Demand Course


Classes for Adults / Special Topics & Events -
Fall 2022 - Adult

Your teenager needs you now more than ever, even if they won’t tell you that.

Figuring out how to stay connected with your teen isn’t easy, especially as they jump on an emotional rollercoaster or start pulling away. Your teen’s brain is under construction and the more you know about the construction zones the more prepared you are to navigate them. This self-paced online class delivers the latest insight about the adolescent brain along with practical parenting strategies that reduce power struggles and build connection between you and your teen (or soon-to-be-teen) when they need it most.

Spark 1 - Why do they act that way?

Spark 2 - Loosen but don’t let go - Staying connected to your teen

Spark 3 - Setting limits and avoiding power struggles

Spark 4 - Managing emotions, stress, and mental health

Spark 5 - Independence vs. guidance - What’s the right balance

Spark 6 - Raising a teen requires community

Best for parents of kids ages 8-18. Six modules or “Sparks” plus six month access after class initiation.

On demand courses can be taken at your leisure. You'll receive your link for your class through Spark and Stitch. See your Registration Confirmation email for more information.

Instructors

Spark & Stitch

Spark & Stitch Institute founded by Dr. Dave Walsh and Erin Walsh, has been helping parents build knowledge, skills, and confidence to raise healthy, connected kids for over thirty years. With specific expertise in digital wellbeing and mental health, parent-child relationships, and adolescent development, Spark & Stitch uses brain science to help parents understand the neurological basis of social-emotional skills like emotional regulation, empathy, communication, and self-discipline. Through workshops, online classes, and best-selling books, Spark & Stitch delivers practical parenting strategies that build on families’ strengths and prioritize warm connections and boundaries from early childhood through adolescence.


Erin Walsh

Instructor

Co-founder, Spark & Stitch Institute

Erin is a parent, speaker, educator, and writer. She has worked with communities across the country who want to better understand child and adolescent development and cut through conflicting information about kids and technology. She is fiercely committed to bringing an equity lens and asset-based approach to our understanding of, and response to, youth and media. Her signature down-to-earth approach and sense of humor helps families and educators engage in complicated topics and leave feeling capable and motivated.

Erin has enjoyed bringing science and tips to families and educators alongside her father Dr. David Walsh for nearly 20 years. They started together at the National Institute on Media and the Family and then more recently founded Mind Positive Parenting before creating Spark & Stitch Institute in 2019. In addition to writing articles for several other organizations including Bolster Collaborative and Psychology Today, she co-authored the 10th Anniversary Edition of the national bestseller Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen.

Erin is also Lead Program Facilitator for Youth Frontiers. She leads interactive Mind Retreats for educators exploring the science of stress and why connection unleashes learning. Before creating Spark & Stitch Institute in 2019, Erin taught undergraduate students for 9 years with the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs. She created and co-taught an 8-credit program called Making Media, Making Change. Erin has served on a number of community boards, most recently as board chair of YMCA Camp Widjiwagan, a wilderness-based youth development program. She has consulted with schools, school districts, parent groups and other youth serving organizations throughout North America on issues related to digital media, children, youth.


David Walsh, Ph.D

Spark & Stitch Institute founded by Dr. Dave Walsh and Erin Walsh, has been helping parents build knowledge, skills, and confidence to raise healthy, connected kids for over thirty years. With specific expertise in digital wellbeing and mental health, parent-child relationships, and adolescent development, Spark & Stitch uses brain science to help parents understand the neurological basis of social-emotional skills like emotional regulation, empathy, communication, and self-discipline. Through workshops, online classes, and best-selling books, Spark & Stitch delivers practical parenting strategies that build on families’ strengths and prioritize warm connections and boundaries from early childhood through adolescence.

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