Laura S. Kastner, Ph.D.

Laura S. Kastner, Ph.D., is a clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington. She and Jennifer Wyatt, Ph.D. are the authors of three books, including Getting to Calm: Cool-headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens and Teens. To order, or for more information, visit, or

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    Staying Calm In The Face Of Rudeness

    With open enthusiasm, a mom picks up her middle-school-age son and friends after soccer practice, offering them bagels as they pile into the car. “Nobody likes whole wheat” is all the “thank you” she gets from her son. Attributing his snippiness to low blood sugar, she wisely lets his little dig go. Besides, she’s feeling good about herself as a … [Read more...]