Out of all the things that confuse me (and there are many), parenting has to be at the top of my list. It’s something I really, really, really don’t want to screw up… but the correct path often seems so murky.
To narrow down the list of parenting topics that we might explore in the Guide, I invited Duo Dickinson, Joanne Kahan, Stacey Battatt and Joe Amarante, along with Dr. Alan Kazdin, who runs the Yale Parenting Center, to join me for a conversation at The Original Frank Pepe Pizzaria Napoletana. (Many thanks to Gary Bimonte and everyone at Pepe’s for hosting us!)
Stacey Batatt is the author of of Thin Threads, a series of short inspirational stories.
Joe Amarante is a reporter and columnist for the New Haven Register who has written extensively about television and often-humorous lifestyle topics. Currently he’s covering more general-assignment stories for the Register, which is no longer known as a newspaper but as a media company with a constantly changing website and other “Digital First” initiatives. He’s a married father of four.
Joanne Kahan describes herself as a “sometimes bored suburban housewife, volunteer, and soon-to-be-retired mother”.
Alan E. Kazdin, PhD, ABPP is the John M. Musser Professor of Psychology and Child Psychiatry at Yale University and Director of the Yale Parenting Center, an outpatient treatment service for children and families. At Yale, he has been Chairman of the Psychology Department, Director of the Yale Child Study Center at the School of Medicine, and Director of Child Psychiatric Services at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Kazdin’s research has focused primarily on the treatment of aggressive and antisocial behavior in children referred for inpatient and outpatient care.
His approximately 700 publications include 48 books that focus on interventions for children and adolescents, cognitive-behavioral treatment, parenting and child rearing, interpersonal violence, and research methodology. His work on parenting and childrearing has been featured on NPR, PBS, CNN, the BBC, and he has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, ABC News, 20/20, and Dr. Phil.
Duo Dickinson has written seven books on architecture. His latest, “Staying Put: Remodel Your House to Get the Home You Want”, was published by The Taunton Press in November 2011.
He has been the contributing writer for home design for Money Magazine, is the architecture critic for the New Haven Register, and a contributing writer in home design for New Haven magazine. He has written articles for more than a dozen national publications including House Beautiful, Home, Fine Homebuilding and was the “At Home” editor for This Old House.