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Grow your relationship with your kids

Kay Vasilakis
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Joanne Stern, Ph.D, is a psychotherapist with a private practice in Aspen emphasizing family and couples counseling. She’s a teacher, consultant, speaker and expert guest on parenting and family topics. Dr. Stern is dedicated to helping individuals, couples, families and groups learn, heal, change and grow in their relationships with one another.

Stern will be signing her new book, “Parenting is a Contact Sport: 8 Ways to Stay Connected to Your Kids for Life,” from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 3, at the Book Train bookstore, 723 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs.

“I’ve been a psychotherapist for well over 20 years and a mom for 34, including five as a single mom,” said Stern. “As an expert in family relationships and communication, I have taught college level parenting classes and worked with families and their children.”

Stern wrote the book because she wanted her daughters to be better parents than she was.

“As I began to write notes for the book, I realized the issues that came up in our family were not much different than the issues that come up in most families,” she added. “Down deep inside, we’re all pretty much the same. So I wrote about my journey as a mom and a psychotherapist, hoping stories about my own family and about my therapy clients would resonate with parents everywhere.”

Stern said parenting lasts a lifetime, starting when your children are born, and it never ends. The principle of building a strong, trusting relationship is important for kids of any age. It’s easier to be close to your kids when they’re young, which is the time to lay the foundation for trust and respect. Then you can handle the challenges when they get older and the issues become more complicated.

The book focuses on starting early and gives examples of parenting situations at all ages. It is appropriate for parents of very young children and also parents of teens and older children.

When asked how a parent knows if he or she has been successful, Stern said, “If your kids are talking with you and sharing their problems and their struggles as well as their victories, that’s about as good as parenting gets. If you are walking by their side, talking with them about the important issues in their lives, guiding them through their difficult times and are getting the chance to be their mentor and coach, then you can feel very successful.”

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