Dr. Amanda Craig is a licensed marriage and family therapist, author, speaker, wife, and mother. She is known for her work in individual, couples, and family therapy, as well as for authoring the book “Who Are You and What Have You Done with My Kid?” which focuses on parenting tweens. Dr. Amanda Craig’s practice emphasizes building strong, emotionally connected families.
Dr. Craig’s interest in psychology began during her college years, when she took psychology classes. She admits that she struggled as a student and didn’t find her passion until she discovered psychology. The subject matter energized and excited her, sparking a deep curiosity about human behavior and emotions. This newfound passion led her to seek therapy herself, further solidifying her interest in the field.
One particular aspect of psychology that captivated Dr. Amanda Craig was the study of relationships. She recalls taking a family systems course during her master’s program, which emphasized the significance of relationships for people’s wellbeing. This realization resonated with her, and she became convinced of the importance of understanding the dynamics between individuals and the impact it has on their lives.
- Curiosity builds trust and connection.
- Engage kids with curiosity, not shame.
- Connection is key for communication.
What You’ll Learn
00:04:02 Motivation for Pursuing a PhD in Psychology
00:05:41 Personal Experiences Influencing Career Choice
00:07:57 Discussing the Book “Who Are You and What Have You Done with My Kid?”
00:11:44 Engaging with Children and Building Connection
00:14:01 The Importance of Emotional Safety
00:21:17 Effective Communication with Children
00:33:07 The Role of Shared Interests in Parent-Child Bonds
00:35:08 Dads and Daughters: Building Connection
00:39:11 Addressing Risky Behaviors in Teenage Boys
00:41:08 Protective Factors for Adolescents
00:43:19 Strategies for Parents with Struggling Teens
00:49:38 Shared Experiences Strengthening Father-Daughter Bonds
00:50:06 Perseverance in Parenting and Building Trust
00:51:29 Vulnerability and Honesty in Parent-Child Relationships
00:54:09 Addressing Personal Challenges to Improve Parenting
00:55:12 Where to Find Dr. Amanda Craig and Her Resources
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