Large crowd attends parenting event

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND – Parents learned about effective communication with tweens and teens recently from author Laura Kastner, who’s best known for her book “Wise-Minded Parenting: Seven Essentials for Raising Successful Tweens and Teens.”

Nearly 300 people attended the event held at Bainbridge High School. It was co-sponsored by Raising Resilience and Bainbridge Youth Services.

“A great event. All of these RR events are,” Dave Cinamon said. “It was terrific to hear Laura speak — entertaining and thought provoking. I’m becoming more resilient with each event.”

Wise-minded parenting helps parents to tap into their minds to “calmly navigate even the stormiest of parenting moments.”

“I particularly like, one, how she emphasized that even with ‘perfect parenting’ teens will individuate; and, two, that teens need and want limits,” Faith Wolfson said. “Also made me want to go home and kiss my kids feet – maybe because I’m comfortable with how they choose to rebel.”

Raising Resilence’s third and final Bainbridge Healthy Youth Summit will also be held in the BHS Commons from 9 a.m. to noon March 15.

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Ethan Fowler has more than 20 years of journalism experience with 19 years of daily and weekly newspaper experience covering news, features and sports, as well as being an editor for 14 of those years. He has won several writing awards over the years in Washington state, Virginia, Texas and Georgia, including award-winning investigative journalism. Fowler was paid by the Review & Herald Publishing Association in 2009 to co-author a book, "Brushed Back: The Story of Trevor Bullock," with his wife. The book details the real life of a top minor league pitcher in the Philadelphia Phillies organization and his Christian faith. "Brushed Back" has sold more than 2,000 copies since its release.