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Parenting Resources and Advice for Expectant Fathers, New Dads, Dads of Teens, Single Dads

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Building Strong, Resilient Military Families + Raising Great Kids in Two Hours a Day
55:00

op homefront+prime timeJohn Pray, President and CEO of Operation Homefront. @Op_Homefront – IG: operationhomefront Topic: Building strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive—not simply struggle to get by—in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. Issues: This non-profit has served more than 40,000 military families and provided nearly $25 million in relief […]

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Dec 04, 2021
Spouses and Family of LGBTQ Servicemembers + Trying too Hard Makes Things Worse
55:00

mil partners+learn to learnAshley Broadway-Mack, founding board member and president, American Military Partner Association. @LGBTMilPartners Topic: Spouses and family of LGBTQ servicemembers. Issues: The American Military Partner Association is the nation’s largest resource and support network for the partners, spouses, families, and allies of America’s LGBTQ servicemembers and veterans. AMPA has over 50,000 members and supporters and leads […]

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Nov 27, 2021
Raising Extraordinary Children + Change Yourself, Change the World
54:57

extraordinary parents+don't be dickLucie LeBlanc, author of Ordinary Parents Raising Extraordinary Children. Topic: Unlocking your child’s inner strength to full self-expression. Issues: Understanding the human mind; programming your child for success; the six creative faculties (perception, memory, reason, will power, intuition, and imagination); common parental errors; much more. Mark Borg, author of Don’t Be a Dick. Topic: Change […]

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Nov 20, 2021
What Every Grandfather Should Know + Teaching Kids About Finance
54:57

grandfather+lemonade standJames Knipp, author of Stuff Every Grandfather Should Know. Topic: Making sense of the grandfather years. Issues: When to give advice and how to take it; (re)learning how to be a parent; going from father to grandfather; building a relationship with your grandchild; things to do with the grandkids; technology and social media; grandparenting through […]

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Nov 13, 2021
A Fertility Doctor’s Fight for Motherhood + Bumpin’
54:53

miracle baby+bumpin'Dorette Noorhasan, author of Miracle Baby. Topic: A fertility doctor’s fight for motherhood. Issues: Surrogacy, insurance, and overcoming every possible obstacle on the way to becoming a mother. Leslie Schrock, author of Bumpin’. Topic: Navigating the journey from conception through birth—and beyond. Issues: Getting your bodies and your lives ready; drafting your healthcare dream team; […]

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Nov 06, 2021
Emotional Intelligence + The Rabbit Effect
54:57

emotional intelligence+rabbit effectKerry Goyette, author of The Non-Obvious Guide to Emotional Intelligence. Topic: Understanding emotional intelligence, empathy, and learning to put them to use. Issues: What is empathy and where does it start? What is emotional intelligence? How our brain perceives fear and threats; how courage drives emotional intelligence; how to recognize your environment; difference between problems […]

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Oct 30, 2021
The Brink of Being + Sharing Our Kids’ Lives on Social Media
54:57

brink of being+sharenthoodJulia Bueno, author of The Brink of Being. Topic: Talking about Miscarriage. Issues: What is miscarriage and how common is it? Early miscarriage vs. late; recurrent miscarriage; what to say—and not to say—to someone who’s had a miscarriage; how society deals (or doesn’t deal) with miscarriage; the effects of miscarriage on women; effects of miscarriage […]

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Oct 23, 2021
Giving Voice to Autistic Children + New Brain Science
54:57

10 things autism+baby's brainEllen Notbohm, author of Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew. Topic: Giving voice to autistic children’s inner thoughts and feelings, whether verbal or non-verbal. Issues: I’m a whole child; my senses are out of sync; the difference between “won’t” and “can’t”; I interpret language literally; I try to communicate in many ways; […]

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Oct 16, 2021
Pediatric Skin Conditions + Healing After Trauma
54:57

ped dermatology+transformationAdnan Mir, MD., External Marketing Committee Chair for the Society for Pediatric Dermatology. Topic: Skin cancer and other skin conditions in children. Issues: Who is at increased risk for skin cancer? What are the types of skin cancer? How can you find skin cancer or suspicious spots on the skin? How are skin cancers treated? […]

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Oct 09, 2021
Grown & Flown + Small Animals
54:57

grown & flown + small animalsMary Dell Harrington, coauthor of Grown & Flown. Topic: How to support your teen, stay close as a family, and raise independent adults. Issues: Understanding the many issues that children face, including home life, mental and physical health, love and sex; academics, friendships, college admissions; preparing our kids—and ourselves—for separating Kim Brooks, author of Small […]

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Oct 02, 2021
Using Our Hidden Healing Powers + Going Beyond Impossible Female Standards
55:00

how healing works+enough as she isWayne Jonas, author of How Healing Works. @DrWayneJonas Topic: Using your hidden power to heal to get well and stay well. Issues: Rethinking healing; how science misses healing; integrative health; the importance of lifestyle changes; the importance of finding meaning in life; the importance of social connections—especially as we get older; integrative and alternative medicine. […]

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Sep 25, 2021
How Early Bonds Shape Relationships + The Trouble with Boys
55:00

attachment effect+boy crisisPeter Lovenheim, author of The Attachment Effect. Topic: Exploring the powerful ways our earliest bond shapes our relationships and lives. Issues: The psychology of attachment; different types of attachment and how each one creates a blueprint for our personal and professional relationships; why attachment isn’t set in stone and what you can do to overcome […]

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Sep 18, 2021
Helping Veterans Find Civilian Jobs + Grief as a Path to Healing
55:00

hire heroes usa+griefChristopher Plamp, Interim CEO, Hire Heroes USA. Topic: Helping veterans find jobs in the civilian workplace. Issues: Challenges faced by separating veterans (resume prep, interview prep, learning to talk about self instead of the team, etc.); differences between civilian and military workplaces; challenges faced by female vets; much more. Gail Gross, author of The Only […]

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Sep 11, 2021
Educating Children in Military Families + Helping Kids Find Internal Motivation
55:00

mil child ed coalit+self-driven childCindy Simerly, VP of Fund Develoedment, Military Child Education Coalition. @MilitaryChild ‏- Instagram: militarychild_mcec [raw] Topic: Educational challenges faced by children in military families. Issues: How deployments and frequent PCS moves affect children; working with civilian schools to help them understand the needs of military kids; helping parents help their children; peer-to-peer support; scholarships; and […]

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Sep 04, 2021
Resources for Military Families + Taking Charge of Your Child’s Education

Kelly Hruska, government relations director, National Military Family Association. @military_family – Instagram: nationalmilitaryfamily Topic: Resources for military families. Issues: National Military Family Association provides resources and support for military families dealing with adoption, deployment, special needs children (and adults), financial challenges, marriage, divorce, employment/career challenges, and much more. Susan Wise Bauer, author of Rethinking School. […]

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Aug 28, 2021
Grown & Flown + Small Animals
54:57

grown & flown + small animalsMary Dell Harrington, coauthor of Grown & Flown. Topic: How to support your teen, stay close as a family, and raise independent adults. Issues: Understanding the many issues that children face, including home life, mental and physical health, love and sex; academics, friendships, college admissions; preparing our kids—and ourselves—for separating Kim Brooks, author of Small […]

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Aug 21, 2021
Slay Like a Mother + Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids
54:57

slay like mother+stop losing sh*tKatherine Wintsch, author of Slay Like a Mother. Topic: How to destroy what’s holding you back so you can live the life you want. Issues: The fine line between struggling and suffering; identifying your dragon (the mythical beast that’s keeping you from being the parent you want to be); negative self-talk and why it’s so […]

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Aug 14, 2021
Overcoming Challenges of Military Life + Success After Baby

Jessica Tyson, model supervisor, Focus Program. Topic: Resilience training for military families. Issues: Practical skills to help families and couples overcome common challenges related to military life; Building on current strengths and learning new strategies to enhance communication and problem solving, goal setting, and creating a shared family story; much more. Lauren Smith Brody, author […]

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Aug 07, 2021
Employment Options for Military Spouses + Change Your Schedule, Change Your Life

mil spouse emp partnership + change scheduleEddy Mentzer, Associate Director for the Family Readiness and Well-Being directorate in the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy within Military Community and Family Policy. @DoDMilSpouse – Instagram: dodmilspouse Topic: Military Spouse Employment Partnership Topic: Helping military spouses find and keep employment. Issues: Challenges faced by military spouses (portability and transferability of licenses and certifications, […]

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Jul 31, 2021
Finding Magic in the Mess + Love You Hard

magic in mess+love you hardSteven Fonso, author of Finding Magic in the Mess. Topic: A path to greater presence and more joy, one parenting moment at a time. Issues: Recognize that kids can help us feel more joy and presence; let go of arbitrary rules and focus on emotional connection instead; rather than focus on cleanliness and fear of […]

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Jul 24, 2021
How to Raise Successful People + Being the Grownup
55:00

successful people+being grownupEsther Wojcicki, author of How to Raise Successful People. Topic: Simple lessons for Radical Results Issues: The T-R-I-C-K method: Trust (trust your child and yourself), Respect (your child is not your clone), Independence (don’t do anything for your child); Collaboration (children hear what you do, not what you say); Kindness (teach your child to give […]

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Jul 16, 2021
Montessori Toddlers + The Awesome Toddler Years
55:00

montessori toddler+oh crap toddlerSimone Davies, author of The Montessori Toddler Topic: A parent’s guide to raising a curious and responsible human being. Issues: A brief overview of the Montessori method; how to bring Montessori-style teaching into your own home; setting up Montessori-style spaces in your home; accepting your children for who they are; raising a child who feels […]

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Jul 09, 2021
Making Peace with Money + A Walking Life
55:00

happy money+walking lifeKen Honda, author of Happy Money. Topic: The Japanese art of making peace with your money. Issues: Happy money vs. unhappy money; what does money mean to you? money IQ; they myth of scarcity; money and your life. Antonia Malchik, author of A Walking Life. Topic: Reclaiming our health and our freedom, one step at […]

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Jul 02, 2021
Dads Know Best + Birth Guy’s Guide for New Dads
55:00

dads know best+birth guyJohn Luzzi, coauthor of Dads Know Best. Topic: So you’re going to be a dad… Issues: Finding out the big news; pregnancy; the birth (drugs or no drugs, surviving the first few days); feeding (breast vs bottle, solid foods); diapering; life with baby (sleeping, crying, bathing, clothing, and your relationship with your partner); much more. […]

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Jun 25, 2021
Hope for Parents of Atypical Children + Stories to Live By
55:00

not what i expected+parenting with a storyRita Eichenstein, author of Not What I Expected. Topic: Help and hope for parents of atypical children. Issues: Defining “atypical;” how the diagnosis of an atypical child affects the child and the parents; the emotional stages parents go through as they struggle to help their child; how to get help when you need it. Paul […]

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Jun 19, 2021
The Collapse of Parenting + The Delusion of STEM
55:00

collapse of parenting+math mythThis week, I interview Leonard Sax, author of "The Collapse of Parenting," about how we hurt our kids when we treat them like grownups. I also interview Andrew Hacker, author of "The Math Myth," about the false promises and delusions behind STEM education.

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Jun 12, 2021
The State of the Family + The Parents’ Phrase Book
55:00

the turning + parent phrase bookRichard Eyre, co-author of The Turning. Topic: Why the state of the family matters and what the world can do about it. Issues: Everything starts with the family—and ends with the family; social problems that are crushing society; making your own family stronger than the competing cultures; how parents’ perspectives are distorted by false paradigms. […]

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Jun 05, 2021
The Gold Standard of Childcare + Redirecting Our Personal Narratives
55:00

nanny whisperer + redirectTammy Gold, author of Secrets of the Nanny Whisperer. Topic: Finding and achieving the gold standard of care for your child. Issues: The truth about nannies—what they do and how they think; identifying your family’s needs; conducting interviews, reference checks, trial periods, and work agreements; understanding “nanny speak”; troubleshooting to avoid drama, resolve problems, and […]

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May 29, 2021
The SMART Approach to Parenting + The Transformation of Adolescent Girls
55:00

raising children + sleeping beautiesRichard Greenberg, author of Raising Children That Other People Like to be Around. Topic: Five common-sense musts from a father’s point of view. Issues: The S-M-A-R-T approach to parenting: Set an example; Make the rules; Apply the rules; Respect Yourself; Teach in all things. Tim Jordan, author of Sleeping Beauties, Awakened Women. Topic: Understanding and […]

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May 22, 2021
Parenting in Recovery + The Power of Reading Aloud
55:00

roots and wings+enchanted hourDan Mager, author of Roots and Wings. Topic: Mindful parenting in recovery Issues: Types of recovery; growing beyond how you grew up; our children are not us; the mind as storyteller; meditation and other mindfulness practices; connecting through communication; reconciling and the limits of love. Meghan Cox Gurdon, author of The Enchanted Hour. Topic: The […]

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May 15, 2021
Parenting on a Sailboat + Parenting Hacks
55:00

7 at sea+weird parenting winsErik Orton, co-author of Seven at Sea. Topic: Why a New York City family cast off convention for a life-changing year on a sailboat. Issues: Life is what we make of it, regardless of what society dictates; how it’s possible to imagine more boldly than we usually allow ourselves and dare to dream of a […]

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May 08, 2021
Helping Children Make Smarter Choices + Four Stages of Adolescence
55:00

emotionally healthy+who stole childMaureen Healy, author of The Emotionally Healthy Child. Topic: Helping children calm, center, and make smarter choices. Issues: What makes an emotionally healthy child? Three simple steps that have the power to change everything when it comes to emotional health; how children can use their experiences as fodder for positive emotional health; why wholeness is […]

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May 01, 2021
18 Master Parenting Values + The Dream Feed Method
55:00

master values+dreamfeedChristine Crockett Smith, author of 18 Master Values. Topic: Be the parent you wish you’d had. Issues: Love, positive attitude, work ethic, gratitude, curiosity, pride, humility, and many other important values. Jason Freedman, coauthor of The Dream Feed Method. Topic: Getting babies to sleep through the night by month 4, without crying it out. Issues: […]

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Apr 24, 2021
The History of Mothering Advice + Short Circuiting Stress
55:00

doing it wrong+stress switchBethany L. Johnson and Margaret M. Quinlan, coauthors of You’re Doing it Wrong. Topic: Mothering, media, and medical expertise. Issues: The history of mothering advice in the media, from newspapers, magazines, doctors’ records, and personal papers from the 19th century to today’s websites, Facebook groups, and Instagram feeds; potential health crises from infertility treatment to […]

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Apr 17, 2021
Mothering Special-Needs Kids + The Science of Mothering
55:00

maternally challenged+mom hacksKathy Chlan, author of Maternally Challenged. Topic: How a mom learned to laugh and enjoy life from her special needs child Issues: Coming to terms with having a child with special needs; life will throw many curveballs, so you’d better get a bigger bat; laughter will be your best friend; lower your expectations for perfection. […]

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Apr 10, 2021
Strategies for Kids with Learning Disabilities + Girls Under Pressure
55:00

confidence and joy+under pressureElaine Fogel Schneider, co-author of Confidence and Joy. Topic: Success strategies for kids with learning differences. Issues: What learning differences are what they’re not; how differences are different from disabilities; what signs to look for that reveal a learning difference; strategies to employ for promoting a child’s confidence and joy; how to build an advocacy […]

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Apr 03, 2021
No-Nonsense Parenting + Opposite of Spoiled
55:00

straight talk+opposite of spoiledVicki Hoefle, author of The Straight Talk on Parenting. Topic: A no-nonsense approach to growing a grown-up. Issues: Creating a blueprint of where you want to be; understanding that parenting is more about on-the job training and less about being perfect; bedtime bedlam, morning meltdowns; sibling squabbles; sass and backtalk; the trouble with tech. Ron […]

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Mar 27, 2021
Surviving Toxic Parenting + End Money Woes
55:00

toxic parents+end financial stressBryn Collins, author of The Toxic Parents Survival Guide. Topic: Recognizing, understanding, and freeing yourself from difficult relationships. Issues: The importance of emotions in parenting; what is emotional unavailability; inconsistent parents; parents who make you feel like you’re not good enough; guilt, resentment, and regrets; what emotionally available parents look (and act) like. Emily Guy […]

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Mar 20, 2021
The Brain’s Way of Healing + Balancing Kids’ Brains
55:00

brain heals+disconnected kidsNorman Doidge, author of The Brain’s Way of Healing. Topic: Remarkable discoveries from the frontiers of neuroplasticity. Issues: What is neuroplasticity and how does it work? the stages of neuroplastic healing; rewiring the brain with light; healing serious brain problems through movement; the special connection between music and the brain; how the brain rebalances itself. […]

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Mar 13, 2021
One Couple’s Struggle to Start a Family + Talking so Kids Will Listen
55:00

road of infertility + talk to little kidsChrissie Lee Kahan and Aaron Michael Kahan, coauthors of Navigating the Road of Infertility. Topic: An honest and poignant account of one couple’s struggle to start a family. Issues: The need for more open discussion of infertility; how IVF, artificial insemination, failed adoption, and other setbacks affect couples; coping with those setbacks; and more. Julie […]

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Mar 06, 2021
Parenting Around the World + Talking to Kids
55:00

world of babies + parentspeakAlma Gottlieb, co-author of A World of Babies. Topic: Differing childcare styles in eight non-US societies. Issues: Parenting around the world in the 21st century; differences between US styles and those in other countries; challenges faced by parents in traditional societies, welfare states, and war-torn areas. Jennifer Lehr, author of ParentSpeak. Topic: What’s wrong with […]

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Feb 27, 2021
Do Less and Relate More + Don’t Put the Kids First
55:00

reflective parent + happiest mommyRegina Pally, author of The Reflective Parent. Topic: How to do less and relate more with your kids. Issues: How the brain is wired for empathy, reflection, nurturing, and attachment; learning to trust yourself and your instincts. Genevieve Shaw Brown, author of The Happiest Mommy You Know. Topic: Why putting your kids first is the […]

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Feb 20, 2021
Connection, Not Perfection + Online Safety
55:00

bounceback+high-tech parentingAlissa Marquess, author of Bounceback Parenting. @bouncebackmom – Instagram: alissamarquess Topic: Creating connection, not perfection. Issues: Fantastic conversation starters to get kids to open up; turning around a bad day; the power of waiting 17 seconds before correcting or responding to children; empathic exercises to help parents recover from the guilt of making mistakes; self-care […]

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Feb 13, 2021
Mind-Body Strategies for Lifelong Health + Shortcuts for Life with Kids
55:00

free child from overeating+parent hacksMichelle Maidenberg, author of Free Your Child from Overeating. Topic: Mind-body strategies for lifelong health. Issues: Identify triggers, cravings, and self-sabotaging patterns; defining your child’s values and using them to find the motivation to change; setting realistic food and exercise goals; the role of thinking in nutrition; using mindfulness to help your child achieve his […]

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Feb 06, 2021
No-Guilt Childbirth + No-Prescription Autism
55:00

push back+autism unprescriptionAmy Tuteur, author of Push Back. Topic: Guilt in the age of natural parenting. Issues: Why there’s no reason to feel guilty about childbirth interventions (epidurals, fetal monitoring, c-sections, etc.)—in fact, childbirth is now safer for mothers and babies because of those interventions; why there’s no reason to feel guilty about epidurals (there’s no such […]

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Jan 30, 2021
Geek Parenting + Live Happy
55:00

geek parenting+live happyStephen Segal and Valya Dudycz Lupescu, coauthors of Geek Parenting. Topic: What Joffrey, Jor-El, Maleficent, and the McFlys teach us about raising a family. Issues: Lessons from (mostly fictional) pop culture icons about creating a positive parenting environment, keeping communications channels open, keeping kids safe, helping kids grow and evolve into advanced beings, and preparing […]

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Jan 23, 2021
No-Damage Discipline + No-Nonsense Financial Planning
55:00

Vanessa Lapointe, author of Discipline without Damage. Topic: How to get your kids to behave without messing them up. Issues: Why most of what parents learn about discipline is either wrong, damaging, or both; basic child development and brain science info to help you better discipine your child; a way to instinctively navigage challanging moments […]

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Jan 16, 2021
The Delusion of Diversity + Surviving the College Years
55:00

diversity delusion+stressed yearsHeather Mac Donald, author of The Diversity Delusion. Topic: How race and gender pandering corrupt the university and undermine our culture. Issues: They hysterical campus; the disaster of affirmative action; the myth of microaggressions; the campus rape myth; the diversity bureaucracy; how identity politics is harming the sciences. Anthony Rostain, co-author of The Stressed Years […]

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Jan 09, 2021
Misguided Parenting Strategies + The Science of Parenting
55:00

grounded for life + informed parentTim Jones, author of You’re Grounded for Life. Topic: Misguided parenting strategies that sounded good at the time. Issues: The trials and tribulations of parents with kids of all ages; the daunting task of starting, raising, and surviving a family; innovative parenting strategies that have produced hilariously disastrous results. Tara Haelle, coauthor of The Informed […]

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Jan 02, 2021
Setting Kids Up for Success + End Sugar Cravings
55:00

strengths-based+fat burning machineMary Reckmeyer, author of Strengths Based Parenting. Topic: Developing your children’s innate talents. Issues: Setting kids up for success; finding out what your parenting strengths are; understanding your children’s strengths; creating a parent-child partnership based on your and your children’s strengths. Mike Berland, author of Become a Fat-Burning Machine. Topic: Overcoming metabolic syndrome. Issues: How […]

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Dec 26, 2020
Beyond Co-Dependence + Triumphs and Tragedies in Healing Children
55:00

prodependence+healing childrenRobert Weiss, author of Prodependence. Topic: Moving beyond codependence. Issues: Addiction, empathy, and psychotherapy; what is codependence? Our need to connect; defining and understanding pro-dependence; addiction is an intimacy disorder; creating and living co-dependent relationships. Kurt Newman, author of Healing Children. Topic: Stories from the frontiers of pediatric medicine. Issues: A longtime pediatric surgeon talks […]

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Dec 19, 2020
Teens and Cybersex+ Thriving in the Digital World
55:00

sex ed screenwiseJennifer Weeks, author of The New Age of Sex Education. Topic: How to talk to your teen about cybersex and pornography in the digital age. Issues: Why pornography isn’t always a bad thing; how a parent’s beliefs about sex and sexuality influence how they do or don’t talk to their child about sex; connection between […]

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Dec 12, 2020
Turnaround Tools for the Teenage Brain + One and Only
55:00

teen brain + only childrenEric Jensen, coauthor of Turnaround Tools for the Teenage Brain. Topic: Helping underperforming students become lifelong learners. Issues: Research-based, classroom-tested strategies to strengthen students’ mind, body, and help them become exceptional lifelong learners; how and when to use workarounds; how the brain changes; how increase your student’s effort, build a better attitude, and improve behavior. […]

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Dec 05, 2020
Raising Balanced Children + The Promise of Self-Help
55:00

parenting w/o fear + promise landWilliam Levin, author of Parenting without Fear. Topic: Raising balanced children in a healing world Issues: Recognizing the guiding signals from our children’s nature in their early years; how we can move into natural partnership with our children’s nature and our own; recognizing and disengaging from the shamed and fearful beliefs that obstruct those natural […]

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Nov 28, 2020
Mindfulness for Children + Ending Screen Dependence
55:00

awaken-joybreak-tranceMichele Lilyanna, coauthor of Awakening Joy for Kids. Topic: How grown-ups can nourish themselves and raise mindful, happy children. Issues: Understanding intention setting with children; mindfulness matters for grown-ups and how we can teach them to our children; mindfulness in schools and how it helps kids cope with pressures large and small; the power of […]

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Nov 21, 2020
Overcoming Stereotypes About Boys and Girls + So You Can’t Get Pregnant
55:00

redefine girly + overcome infertilityMelissa Atkins Wardy, author of Redefining Girly. Topic: How parents can fight the stereotyping and sexualizing of girlhood. Issues: How to redefine girly in your home; getting friends and family on board; navigating kids’ play; how to avoid stereotyping girls and boys; saying no to sexed-up toys and too-sexy-too-soon parties. Jennifer Hanin, author of What […]

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Nov 14, 2020
Cultivating Courage and Resilience + The Importance of Praise and Blame
55:00

yes brain + passing judgmentDaniel Siegel, co-author of The Yes Brain. Topic: How to cultivate courage, curiosity, and resilience in your child. Issues: Defining the Yes Brain and why it’s so important; The four fundamentals of the Yes Brain and how to strengthen them; the key to knowing when kids need a gentle push out of their comfort zone […]

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Nov 07, 2020
Fit Dads, Fit Kids + The Value of Losing
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dads kids fitness + digital mystiqueWilliam Marsiglio, author of Dads, Kids, & Fitness. Topic: A father’s guide to family health. Issues: More and more dads are taking on an active role as caregivers, but men are also disproportionately likely to neglect their own healthcare, diets, and exercise routines. This book explains why dads need to be involved in their children’s […]

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Oct 31, 2020
An Extraordinary Journey of Healing + Rethinking Vitamins
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long ride home+vitamaniaRupert Isaacson, author of The Long Ride Home. Topic: The extraordinary journey of healing that changed a child’s life. Issues: The remarkable story of a boy, a horse, overcoming autism, and a revolutionary approach that has changed the life of thousands of children and their family. Catherine Price, author of Vitamania. Topic: How vitamins revolutionized […]

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Oct 24, 2020
You and Your Microbiome + Fighting the War on Fat
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good gut+fat talkJustin Sonnenburg, co-authhor of The Good Gut. Topic: Taking control of your weight, your mood, and your long-term health Issues: The relationship between our bodies and the trillions of organsms that live in our gut; the ways those organisms (called “microbiota”) determine whether we’re sick or healthy, fit or obese, sunny or moody; why our […]

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Oct 17, 2020
Healthy Divorce + Safety Net Parenting
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Angie Hallier, author of The Wiser Divorce. Topic: Positive strategies for your next best life. Issues: Developing a solid game plan to keep tempers in check and everyone moving forward; identifying bad habits that can lead to unhealthy choices; how learning to collaborate with your ex-spouse will give your kids a bright future; saving money […]

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Oct 10, 2020
The How and Why of Death and Dying + The Dangers of Driving
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Joseph Primo, author of What Do We Tell the Children? Topic: Talking to kids about death and dying. Issues: Learning to help kids deal with the “how” and “why” of death and loss; the importance of honest communication; giving kids coping skills they’ll be able to use throughout their lives. Tim Hollister, author of Not […]

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Oct 03, 2020
Loving and Laughing as a Stepfamily + Family Food Adventures
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Barbara Goldberg, author of The Evil Stepmother Speaks. Topic: A guide for stepfamilies who want to love and laugh Issues: Why doesn’t anyone in the stepfamily listen to me? Why doesn’t the biological parents see what I see? Why am I so frustrated? And many other questions stepmothers ask. Jennifer Tyler Lee, author of The […]

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Sep 26, 2020
Parenting Secrets of Navy SEALs + A Father, a Daughter, and Cancer
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raising men + fallingEric Davis, author of Raising Men. Topic: Lessons Navy SEALs learned in training and taught to their sons. Issues: Teaching your sons (and daughters) how to innovate and push boundaries and function at levels beyond what was expected, comfortable, ordinary, or even imaginable. Elisha Cooper, author of Falling. Topic: A father, a daughter, and a […]

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Sep 19, 2020
Asking Questions + The End of Childhood
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wish teacher knew+end of childhoodKyle Schwartz, author of I Wish My Teacher Knew. Topic: How one question can change everything for our kids. Issues: Building community; breaking down barriers that create poverty; all families count; supporting students through grief and loss; when students are in danger; school cultures that build character; building a classroom of self-efficacy. Paula Fass, author […]

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Sep 05, 2020
Danish Parenting + Raising Adults
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danish way+raise adultJessica Joelle Alexander, coauthor of The Danish Way of Parenting. Topic: What the happiest people in the world know about raising confident, capable kids. Issues: Six essential principles of Danish parenting: Play, Authenticity, Reframing, Empathy, No ultimatums, and Togetherness; how to implement those principles into your daily life. Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise […]

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Aug 29, 2020
Unbundling of IDEA + Mentally Strong Parents
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autism reshaping special ed+mentally strong parentsMark Claypool, co-author of How Autism is Reshaping Special Education. Topic: The Unbundling of IDEA and more. Issues: What is IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), what it did right and where it went wrong; becoming an advocate for your child and getting the most appropriate services; who pays for services for children with autism […]

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Aug 22, 2020
What Really Happens When We Sleep? + Overcoming Postpartum Depression
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secret life of sleep + not what i expectedKat Duff, author of The Secret Life of Sleep. Topic: What happens between the time you fall asleep and the time when you wake up? Issues: What is sleep? Stages of sleep; commercialization of sleep; dreams; babies and sleep; insomnia; Valerie Davis Raskin, coauthor of This Isn’t What I Expected. Topic: Overcoming postpartum depression. Issues: […]

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Aug 15, 2020
The Prodigy’s Cousin + Raising Confident, Creative Kids
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Joanne Ruthsatz and Kimberly Stephens, coauthors of The Prodigy’s Cousin. Topic: The family link between autism and extraordinary talent. Issues: What is a prodigy? What traits do prodigies and children with autism share? Misunderstandings and misconceptions about people with autism and empathy; could child prodigies be the key to a long-awaited autism breakthrough? Heather Shumaker, […]

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Aug 08, 2020
90 Days to Improve Any Relationship + Breathe, Breathe, Breathe

kindness challenge + mindfulnessShaunti Feldhahn, author of The Kindness Challenge. Topic: 30 days to improve any relationship. Issues: three simple acts that make a huge difference in any relationship; 7 ways you may be unkind and never realize it; 8 types of kindness and which might be the best fit for you; practical ways to preserve when kindness […]

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Aug 01, 2020
Let Them Eat Dirt + You Don’t Have to Be Jewish to Be a Jewish Mother

eat-dirtmamaleh-knowsMarie-Claire Arrieta, coauthor of Let Them Eat Dirt. Topic: Saving your child from an oversanitized world. Issues: Children are microbe magnets; the newly discovered organ: the human microbiome; where microbes come from, what they do, and why we need them; why antibacterial soaps are causing problems; best ways to improve your and your child’s microbiome […]

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Jul 25, 2020
Debunking Myths About Parenting + Reshaping Kids’ Challenging Behavior

confident-parent what-great-parents-doJane Scott, author of The Confident Parent. Topic: A pediatrician’s guide to caring for your little one—without losing your joy, your mind, or yourself. Issues: Debunking many myths about parenting and raising children (for example, whether honey is okay for infants, vaccines, and more); simple ways to boost your baby’s brain; slow down to discipline; […]

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Jul 18, 2020
Deceived by Milk + Toilet Training
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got milked+oh crapAlissa Hamilton, author of Got Milked? Topic: The great dairy deception and why you’ll thrive without milk. Issues: The major players in promoting milk in the U.S.; how milk makes us sick and increase the risk of bone fractures; the need to balance calcium–which we get a lot of–and Vitamin D and magnesium (which we’re […]

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Jul 11, 2020
Tools for a Changing World + Children’s Mental Health
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can-do kids+heroic parentRichard Rende, coauthor of Raising Can-Do Kids. Topic: Giving children the tools to thrive in a fast-changing world. Issues: The importance of allowing time for unstructured, pretend play; getting children involved in chores on a regular basis; letting kids be samplers instead of specialists; reframing failure; emphasizing learning over grades; and much more. Brad M. […]

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Jul 04, 2020
Your Very Own Crazy Toddler + The Art of Making a Mess
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shit about toddlers + beautiful messDawn Dais, The Sh!t No One Tells You About Toddlers. Topic: A guide to surviving the toddler years Issues: Restaurants are battle zones: don’t even bother trying to feed a toddler; potty training; taking the fun out of vacations; when you’re not the favorite parent. Ann Gadzikowski, author of Creating a Beautiful Mess. Topic: Essential […]

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Jun 27, 2020
Your Child’s Brilliant Brain + Community Without Religion
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dharma+no godFrederick Travis and Robert Keith Wallace, coauthors of Dharma Parenting. Topic: Understand your child’s brilliant brain for greater happiness, health, success, and fulfillment. Issues: Different brain/body types and where they come from; how understanding your child’s brain/body type will help you better connect; how each type responds to food and other inputs; routines to improve […]

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Jun 20, 2020
Creating Genuine Connections + The Impact of Poverty
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mindful relationships+helping children succeedMargie Ulbrick, author of Mindful Relationships. Topic: Creating genuine connections with ourselves and others. Issues: What is mindfulness? How to meditate; the science of mindful relationships; applying mindfulness techniques to your relationships with your spouse, family, children, and coworkers. Paul Tough, author of Helping Children Succeed. Topic: What works to help low income kids and […]

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Jun 13, 2020
Advice for Dads Involved in Custody Disputes + No More Selfies
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unselfie+father's rightsJeffery Leving, author of Fathers’ Rights. Topic: Hard-hitting and fair advice for every father involved in a custody dispute. Issues: How to stay in control of your emotions; ways to protect your relationship with your children; special issues facing military fathers; the importance of finding an effective and empathetic attorney; potential challenges of a divorce […]

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Jun 06, 2020
Why Teens Take Risks + Avoiding Pregnancy Risks
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born to be wild+mystery of riskJess Shatkin, author of Born to Be Wild. Topic: Why teens take risks and how we can help keep them safe. Issues: What adolescents think about risk; what you need to know about the adolescent brain; why adolescence is crucial to evolution; the truth about peer pressure; what parents, schools, and society can do about […]

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May 30, 2020
Learning Parenting Skills from Other Cultures + The Art of Ignoring
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childrearing in others cultures + itgnore itDavid Lancy, author of Raising Children. Topic: Surprising insights from other cultures. Issues: Culture and infancy; questions about infant attachment; children playing and learning; protection vs. suppression; going to school; consequence of raising “unique individuals”; major differences between the US and other cultures. Catherine Pearlman, author of Ignore It! Topic: How selectively looking the other […]

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May 23, 2020
Ending Childhood Self-Injury + Finding Lastaing Relationships
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teens who cut+f-ck loveMichael Hollander, author of Helping Teens Who Cut. Topic: Skills and techniques to end self-injury. Issues: Understanding self-injury and why kids do it; introducing DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) and why it’s successful; how does hurting themselves make some kids feel better; how to help your child restore emotion to its proper place. Michael Bennett and […]

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May 16, 2020
The Circle of Security Parenting + How Not to Spoil Your Kids
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Kent Hoffman, co-author of Raising a Secure Child. Topic: How “Circle of Security Parenting” can help you nurture your child’s attachment, emotional resilience, and freedom to explore issues: How to balance being nurturing and protective with promoting your child’s independence; what emotional needs a toddler or older child may be expressing with difficult behavior; how […]

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May 09, 2020
Rebelling Against the “Should” + Embracing Uncertainty
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joy fixes + science of seeing6/11/17 Erin Leyba, author of Joy Fixes for Weary Parents. Topic: Quick, research-based ideas for overcoming stress and building a life you love. Issues: Grieving your former life; rebel against the “should”; stop kicking your own ass; parent-kid date nights; parent-parent date nights; how to get your kids to cooperate; many, many more great ideas. […]

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May 02, 2020
Life Strategies for Sensitive People + The Power of Procrastination
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empath survival+motivationJudith Orloff, author of The Empath’s Survival Guide. Topic: Life strategies for sensitive people. Issues: Are you an empath? How to stop absorbing other people’s distress; empaths and addiction; protecting yourself from narcissists and other energy vampires; empaths, parenting, and raising empath children; empaths and intuition; much more. Mary Lamia, author of What Motivates Getting […]

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Apr 25, 2020
Raising Honorable, Courageous, and Compassionate Boys + The Science of Strength
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knights in training strength switchHeather Haupt, author of Knights in Training. Topic: 10 principles for raising honorable, courageous, and compassionate boys. Issues: The elements of the Knight’s Code: Stand against injustice; protect the weak, respect women, don’t give offense, speak truth, be generous, pursue excellence, and more. Lea Waters, author of The Strength Switch. Topic: How the new science […]

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Apr 18, 2020
The Stuff of Family Life + Dirt and the Microbiome
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stuff of life+dirt goodMichelle Janning, author of The Stuff of Family Life. Topic: How our homes reflect our lives. Issues: Does putting your smartphone on a restaurant table during a date impact your relationship? How does where you place your TV in your home impact your family? Exploring and understanding the changing world of families by looking at […]

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Apr 11, 2020
Parenting Myths that Increase Anxiety + Teen Stress
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parent anxiety+stressed teenLisa Sugarman, author of Untying Parent Anxiety. Topic: Myths that have you in knots—and how to get free. Issues: Debunking myths like: Good grades are what matter most; if I punish my kid, she’ll hate me; drama is a middle school and high school problem; kids should be seen and not heard; my kids are […]

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Mar 28, 2020
Life Lessons for the Road Ahead + Pausing for Parenthood
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wish I knew+work pauseDennis Trittin, author of What I Wish I Knew at 18. Topic: Life lessons for the road ahead. Issues: Getting a perspective on life; the importance of character; relationships and communication; handling adversity; career selection and advancement; college academics; managing your finances; love and marriage; much more. Lisen Stromberg, author of Work, Pause, Thrive. Topic: […]

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Mar 21, 2020
Raising Healthy, Resilient Boys + Apologies 101
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saving sons+no apologiesMichael Gurian, author of Saving Our Sons. Topic: A new path for raising health and resilient boys. Issues: Recognizing and confronting the boy crisis; the real causes of male violence; the new science of healthy boyhood; dangerous attacks on boyhood; supporting and building male emotional intelligence; the male motivational and maturity gap; much more. Harriet […]

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Mar 14, 2020
The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read + Overcoming Information Overload
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book parents had read+noisePhilippa Perry, author of The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read. Topic: Your parenting legacy–past and future. Issues: How the past comes back to but us (and our children); the importance of your child’s environment; feelings–what they are and how to understand and validate them; support–making sure we give it to our kids and […]

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Mar 07, 2020
Safe Infant Sleep + Secrets of the Newborn
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James McKenna, author of Safe Infant Sleep. Topic: Expert answers to your co-sleeping questions. Issues: What is co-sleeping? The history of co-sleeping; controversies, confusion, and flawed conclusions; science behind co-sleeping; benefits of co-sleeping; effects of co-sleeping; how to do it. Robert Hamilton, author of 7 Secrets of the Newborn. Topic: Secrets and (happy) surprises of […]

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Feb 29, 2020
Using Your Immune System to Fight Lyme Disease + Trusts, Insurance, and More
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lyme solution + estate planningDarin Ingels, author of The Lyme Solution. @lymeexpertND – Instagram: dariningelsnd Topic: How to fight Lyme’s inflammatory auto-immune response and beat the disease. Issues: A five-part plan to: fortify your gut health and restore the immune system; follow a diet that increases immunity and reduces inflammation; thwart and target an active infection; identify hidden toxins […]

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Feb 08, 2020
Exceptional Kids in a Conventional World + Raising Resilient Kids Naturally
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differently wired+wits guts gritDeborah Reber, author of Differently Wired. @TiltParenting Topic: Raising an exceptional child in a conventional world. Issues: Letting go of your impossible expectations for who you “should” be as a parent; seeking out like-minded parents; becoming fluent in your child’s language; creating a world where your child can be secure; parenting from a place of […]

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Feb 01, 2020
Spouses and Family of LGBTQ Servicemembers + Trying too Hard Makes Things Worse
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mil partners+learn to learnAshley Broadway-Mack, founding board member and president, American Military Partner Association. @LGBTMilPartners Topic: Spouses and family of LGBTQ servicemembers. Issues: The American Military Partner Association is the nation’s largest resource and support network for the partners, spouses, families, and allies of America’s LGBTQ servicemembers and veterans. AMPA has over 50,000 members and supporters and leads […]

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Jan 25, 2020
Raising Extraordinary Children + Change Yourself, Change the World
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extraordinary parents+don't be dickLucie LeBlanc, author of Ordinary Parents Raising Extraordinary Children. Topic: Unlocking your child’s inner strength to full self-expression. Issues: Understanding the human mind; programming your child for success; the six creative faculties (perception, memory, reason, will power, intuition, and imagination); common parental errors; much more. Mark Borg, author of Don’t Be a Dick. Topic: Change […]

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Jan 18, 2020
What Every Grandfather Should Know + Teaching Kids About Finance
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grandfather+lemonade standJames Knipp, author of Stuff Every Grandfather Should Know. Topic: Making sense of the grandfather years. Issues: When to give advice and how to take it; (re)learning how to be a parent; going from father to grandfather; building a relationship with your grandchild; things to do with the grandkids; technology and social media; grandparenting through […]

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Jan 11, 2020
A Fertility Doctor’s Fight for Motherhood + Bumpin’
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miracle baby+bumpin'Dorette Noorhasan, author of Miracle Baby. Topic: A fertility doctor’s fight for motherhood. Issues: Surrogacy, insurance, and overcoming every possible obstacle on the way to becoming a mother. Leslie Schrock, author of Bumpin’. Topic: Navigating the journey from conception through birth—and beyond. Issues: Getting your bodies and your lives ready; drafting your healthcare dream team; […]

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Jan 04, 2020
Balanced Pregnancy + Family Finances for Families
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building humans+navy federalPia Martin, author of Building Healthy Humans. @DrPia – Instagram doctorpiamartin Topic: A guide to a balanced pregnancy for a happy, healthy baby. Issues: Epigenetics—what it is and how you can use it to create a healthier baby; how what a woman eats and does before and during pregnancy affect her children; how dads affect […]

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Dec 28, 2019
Not Every Warrior Wears a Uniform + Be a Happier Parent
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homefront warriors+happier parentChantel Olson, author of Homefront Warriors. @chantellouise16 Topic: Not every warrior wears a uniform. Issues: The many lessons learned from military spouses during their spouse’s deployment; how military spouses can get support during deployment; special concerns of children with a deployed parent; why it’s important to honor homefront warriors for their service. KJ Del’Antonia, author […]

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Dec 21, 2019
Building Strong, Resilient Military Families + Raising Great Kids in Two Hours a Day
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op homefront+prime timeJohn Pray, President and CEO of Operation Homefront. @Op_Homefront – IG: operationhomefront Topic: Building strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive—not simply struggle to get by—in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. Issues: This non-profit has served more than 40,000 military families and provided nearly $25 million in relief […]

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Dec 14, 2019
Emotional Intelligence + The Rabbit Effect
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emotional intelligence+rabbit effectKerry Goyette, author of The Non-Obvious Guide to Emotional Intelligence. Topic: Understanding emotional intelligence, empathy, and learning to put them to use. Issues: What is empathy and where does it start? What is emotional intelligence? How our brain perceives fear and threats; how courage drives emotional intelligence; how to recognize your environment; difference between problems […]

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Dec 07, 2019
The Brink of Being + Sharing Our Kids’ Lives on Social Media
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brink of being+sharenthoodJulia Bueno, author of The Brink of Being. Topic: Talking about Miscarriage. Issues: What is miscarriage and how common is it? Early miscarriage vs. late; recurrent miscarriage; what to say—and not to say—to someone who’s had a miscarriage; how society deals (or doesn’t deal) with miscarriage; the effects of miscarriage on women; effects of miscarriage […]

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Nov 30, 2019
Giving Voice to Autistic Children + New Brain Science
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10 things autism+baby's brainEllen Notbohm, author of Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew. Topic: Giving voice to autistic children’s inner thoughts and feelings, whether verbal or non-verbal. Issues: I’m a whole child; my senses are out of sync; the difference between “won’t” and “can’t”; I interpret language literally; I try to communicate in many ways; […]

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Nov 23, 2019
Pediatric Skin Conditions + Healing After Trauma
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ped dermatology+transformation11/15/19 Adnan Mir, MD., External Marketing Committee Chair for the Society for Pediatric Dermatology. Topic: Skin cancer and other skin conditions in children. Issues: Who is at increased risk for skin cancer? What are the types of skin cancer? How can you find skin cancer or suspicious spots on the skin? How are skin cancers […]

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Nov 16, 2019
Service Dogs for Vets + Symptoms and Treatments of Acid Reflux in Kids
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k9s for warriors+acid refluxBrett Simon, Founder and President of K9s For Warriors. @k9sforwarriors Topic: The benefits of service dogs for veterans and other servicemembers Issues: The benefits of having a service dog; difference between service dogs and therapy dogs; they type of training dogs for servicemembers receive; conditions that service dogs can help with (PTSD, anxiety issues, sexual […]

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Nov 09, 2019
Strengthening Military Families + Helping Injured Vets + 21st-Century Babies
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blue star+wounded warrior+babies made use modernKathy Roth-Douquet, CEO, Blue Star Families. @BlueStarFamily – Instagram: bluestarfamilies Topic: Strengthening military families by connecting them with their neighbors–individuals and organizations–to create vibrant communities of mutual support. Issues: Raising awareness of the unique challenges of military family life; overcoming the isolation and alienation of frequent moves, deployments, and reduced support from the government; solving […]

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Nov 02, 2019
Using Our Hidden Healing Powers + Going Beyond Impossible Female Standards
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how healing works+enough as she isWayne Jonas, author of How Healing Works. @DrWayneJonas Topic: Using your hidden power to heal to get well and stay well. Issues: Rethinking healing; how science misses healing; integrative health; the importance of lifestyle changes; the importance of finding meaning in life; the importance of social connections—especially as we get older; integrative and alternative medicine. […]

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Oct 26, 2019
How Early Bonds Shape Relationships + The Trouble with Boys
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attachment effect+boy crisisPeter Lovenheim, author of The Attachment Effect. Topic: Exploring the powerful ways our earliest bond shapes our relationships and lives. Issues: The psychology of attachment; different types of attachment and how each one creates a blueprint for our personal and professional relationships; why attachment isn’t set in stone and what you can do to overcome […]

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Oct 19, 2019
Helping Veterans Find Civilian Jobs + Grief as a Path to Healing
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hire heroes usa+griefChristopher Plamp, Interim CEO, Hire Heroes USA. Topic: Helping veterans find jobs in the civilian workplace. Issues: Challenges faced by separating veterans (resume prep, interview prep, learning to talk about self instead of the team, etc.); differences between civilian and military workplaces; challenges faced by female vets; much more. Gail Gross, author of The Only […]

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Oct 12, 2019
Educating Children in Military Families + Helping Kids Find Internal Motivation
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mil child ed coalit+self-driven childCindy Simerly, VP of Fund Develoedment, Military Child Education Coalition. @MilitaryChild ‏- Instagram: militarychild_mcec [raw] Topic: Educational challenges faced by children in military families. Issues: How deployments and frequent PCS moves affect children; working with civilian schools to help them understand the needs of military kids; helping parents help their children; peer-to-peer support; scholarships; and […]

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Oct 05, 2019
Resources for Military Families + Taking Charge of Your Child’s Education

Kelly Hruska, government relations director, National Military Family Association. @military_family – Instagram: nationalmilitaryfamily Topic: Resources for military families. Issues: National Military Family Association provides resources and support for military families dealing with adoption, deployment, special needs children (and adults), financial challenges, marriage, divorce, employment/career challenges, and much more. Susan Wise Bauer, author of Rethinking School. […]

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Sep 28, 2019
How to Read to Your Child While You’re Deployed + Reclaim Your Life

Dr. Sally Zoll, CEO of United Through Reading. @UTR4Military – Instagram: utr4military Topic: The benefits of reading–to the reader and the child. Issues: Servicemembers who read aloud to their children are less stressed during deployments; children whose deployed parent records him/herself reading a story cope better with deployment and have fewer behavioral and other problems; […]

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Sep 21, 2019
Grown & Flown + Small Animals
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grown & flown + small animalsMary Dell Harrington, coauthor of Grown & Flown. Topic: How to support your teen, stay close as a family, and raise independent adults. Issues: Understanding the many issues that children face, including home life, mental and physical health, love and sex; academics, friendships, college admissions; preparing our kids—and ourselves—for separating Kim Brooks, author of Small […]

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Sep 14, 2019
Slay Like a Mother + Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids
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slay like mother+stop losing sh*tKatherine Wintsch, author of Slay Like a Mother. Topic: How to destroy what’s holding you back so you can live the life you want. Issues: The fine line between struggling and suffering; identifying your dragon (the mythical beast that’s keeping you from being the parent you want to be); negative self-talk and why it’s so […]

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Sep 07, 2019
Stuff Every Grandmother Should Know + Read-Aloud Handbook
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grandmothers + read aloud handbookJoyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, coauthors of Stuff Every Grandmother Should Know. Topic: Don’t worry, Grandma’s got this… Issues: How to pick your grandmother nickname; baby equipment essentials; childproofing; how to make old-school cool; ways to have fun without toys; much more. Cyndi Giorgis, author of Jim Trelease’s Read-Aloud Handbook. Topic: Completely revised and updated […]

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Aug 31, 2019
Overcoming Challenges of Military Life + Success After Baby

Jessica Tyson, model supervisor, Focus Program. Topic: Resilience training for military families. Issues: Practical skills to help families and couples overcome common challenges related to military life; Building on current strengths and learning new strategies to enhance communication and problem solving, goal setting, and creating a shared family story; much more. Lauren Smith Brody, author […]

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Aug 24, 2019
Employment Options for Military Spouses + Change Your Schedule, Change Your Life

mil spouse emp partnership + change scheduleEddy Mentzer, Associate Director for the Family Readiness and Well-Being directorate in the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy within Military Community and Family Policy. @DoDMilSpouse – Instagram: dodmilspouse Topic: Military Spouse Employment Partnership Topic: Helping military spouses find and keep employment. Issues: Challenges faced by military spouses (portability and transferability of licenses and certifications, […]

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Aug 17, 2019
Finding Magic in the Mess + Love You Hard

magic in mess+love you hardSteven Fonso, author of Finding Magic in the Mess. Topic: A path to greater presence and more joy, one parenting moment at a time. Issues: Recognize that kids can help us feel more joy and presence; let go of arbitrary rules and focus on emotional connection instead; rather than focus on cleanliness and fear of […]

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Aug 10, 2019
How to Raise Successful People + Being the Grownup
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successful people+being grownupEsther Wojcicki, author of How to Raise Successful People. Topic: Simple lessons for Radical Results Issues: The T-R-I-C-K method: Trust (trust your child and yourself), Respect (your child is not your clone), Independence (don’t do anything for your child); Collaboration (children hear what you do, not what you say); Kindness (teach your child to give […]

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Aug 03, 2019
The Diversity Delusion + The Stressed Years of Their Lives
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diversity delusion+stressed yearsHeather Mac Donald, author of The Diversity Delusion. Topic: How race and gender pandering corrupt the university and undermine our culture. Issues: They hysterical campus; the disaster of affirmative action; the myth of microaggressions; the campus rape myth; the diversity bureaucracy; how identity politics is harming the sciences. Anthony Rostain, co-author of The Stressed Years […]

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Jul 27, 2019
Montessori Toddlers + The Awesome Toddler Years
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montessori toddler+oh crap toddlerSimone Davies, author of The Montessori Toddler Topic: A parent’s guide to raising a curious and responsible human being. Issues: A brief overview of the Montessori method; how to bring Montessori-style teaching into your own home; setting up Montessori-style spaces in your home; accepting your children for who they are; raising a child who feels […]

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Jul 20, 2019
You’re Doing It Wrong + The Stress Switch
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doing it wrong+stress switchBethany L. Johnson and Margaret M. Quinlan, coauthors of You’re Doing it Wrong. Topic: Mothering, media, and medical expertise. Issues: The history of mothering advice in the media, from newspapers, magazines, doctors’ records, and personal papers from the 19th century to today’s websites, Facebook groups, and Instagram feeds; potential health crises from infertility treatment to […]

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Jul 13, 2019
Love of Family + Building Good Men
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love of family+raise boyKen C. McCall, author of For the Love of Family. Topic: How a knock on the door changed everything. Issues: How the senseless death of a child affects everyone else in the fmaily; the emotional journey from shock and horror through grief and anger, and finally to reconciliation and healing. Michael C. Reichert, author of […]

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Jul 06, 2019
Making Peace with Money + A Walking Life
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happy money+walking lifeKen Honda, author of Happy Money. Topic: The Japanese art of making peace with your money. Issues: Happy money vs. unhappy money; what does money mean to you? money IQ; they myth of scarcity; money and your life. Antonia Malchik, author of A Walking Life. Topic: Reclaiming our health and our freedom, one step at […]

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Jun 29, 2019
The Book of Mistakes + The New Childhood
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book of mistakes+new childhoodSkip Prichard, author of The Book of Mistakes. Topic: Nine secrets to creating a successful future. Issues: Why do some people seem to catch all the breaks and win over and over? What to the super successful know? What’s standing between you and your wildest dreams? The nine mistakes that prevent many of us from […]

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Jun 22, 2019
Dads Know Best + Birth Guy’s Guide for New Dads
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dads know best+birth guyJohn Luzzi, coauthor of Dads Know Best. Topic: So you’re going to be a dad… Issues: Finding out the big news; pregnancy; the birth (drugs or no drugs, surviving the first few days); feeding (breast vs bottle, solid foods); diapering; life with baby (sleeping, crying, bathing, clothing, and your relationship with your partner); much more. […]

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Jun 15, 2019
Raising Empowered Daughters + The Life of Dad

empowered girls+life of dadMike Adamick, author of Raising Empowered Daughters. Topic: Helping daughters resist sexism. Issues: A dad’s guide to understanding the obstacles faced by girls at home, school, pop culture, and the media; how to instill daughters with the confidence and awareness they need to thrive; much more. Art Eddy, co-author of The Life of Dad. Topic: […]

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Jun 08, 2019
Raising a Little Princess + Dismissing Single-Mom Guilt
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feminist little princess+kickass single momDevorah Blachor, author of The Feminist’s Guide to Raising a Little Princess. Topic: How to raise a girl who’s authentic, joyful, and fearless, even if she refuses to wear anything but a pink tutu. Issues: What is a princess? Disney’s role in creating the princess crisis; why do so many girls gravitate towards pink? How […]

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Jun 01, 2019
Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity + Guide to Teen Addiction

deepest well+teen addictionNadine Burke Harris, author of The Deepest Well. Topic: Healing the long-term effects of childhood adversity. Issues: ACEs (adverse childhood experiences)—what they are and the profound effects they have on children’s mental and physical health; the types of children that are at high risk of suffering from ACEs; how doctors, caregivers, and others can mitigate […]

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May 25, 2019
Improving Behavior Without Drugs or Punishment + Making Your Kids’ School Great

myth of adhd+common sense common goodThomas Armstrong, author of The Myth of the ADHD Child. Topic: How to improve your child’s behavior and attention span without drugs, labels, or coersion. Issues: Letting your child fidget or introducing wiggle furniture; teaching self-monitoring and self-regulation skills; reassessing diet to remove additives, allergens, and junk; alternative therapies such as music, aromas, and art; […]

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May 18, 2019
Empowering Sons to Believe in Themselves + Thriving in an Unbalanced Digital World

he's not lazy+social media wellnessAdam Price, author of He’s Not Lazy. Topic: Empowering your son to believe in himself. Issues: Why do boys spend so much time playing video games or glued to their phones? Is it laziness or something worse? The societal and other obstacles that keep boys from engaging; how to set expectations and empower your son […]

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May 11, 2019
Surviving the Realities of Girl World + Warning Signs

queen bees+warning signsRosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, 3rd edition. Topic: Helping your daughter survive cliques, gossip, boys, and the new realities of girl world. Issues: How to tell what role your daughter plays and how to help her be herself; examining your own parenting style and how you relate to your daughter; the powerful […]

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May 04, 2019
How Emotions Are Made + Prioritizing Motherhood in the Early Years
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how emotions made+being thereLisa Feldman Barrett, author of How Emotions are Made. Topic: The secret life of the brain. Issues: Why everything we think we know about emotions is wrong; the origins of feeling; how the brain makes emotions; gender difference (hint: there aren’t very many); emotions and the law; emotions and illness; emotions and language; emotions as […]

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Apr 27, 2019
Thinking Parent, Thinking Child + Dial Down the Drama
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thinking parent+dial down dramaMyrna Shure, author of Thinking Parent, Thinking Child. Topic: Turning everyday problems into solutions. Issues: Techniques to help children cope with common feelings such as anger, frustration, fear, loss, and self esteem; handling and preventing problems around bedtime, possessiveness, defiance, aggression, and risky behavior; nurturing relationships (including sibling rivalry); much more. Colleen O’Grady, author of […]

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Apr 20, 2019
Culture of Kindness in Middle School + Cooperative Kids
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culture of kindness+raise cooperative kidsChrista Tinari, co-author of Create a Culture of Kindness in Middle School. Topic: Character building lessons to foster respect and prevent bullying. Issues: Core lessons about kindness; fostering courage, kindness, and empathy; celebrating uniqueness and accepting differences; dealing with conflict; copying with and counteracting bullying; much more.

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Apr 13, 2019
Social Media Addiction + Cyber Smart
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mainstream mental health+cyber smartDr. John Huber, Chairman for Mainstream Mental Health, and a clinical forensic psychologist. Topic: Social media addiction and friendships. Issues: Relying on social media makes people meet up less with their friends; most people say that only a small percentage of their Facebook “friends” are actual friends; people feel they can confide in only a […]

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Apr 06, 2019
Maternally Challenged + Mom Hacks
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maternally challenged+mom hacksKathy Chlan, author of Maternally Challenged. Topic: How a mom learned to laugh and enjoy life from her special needs child Issues: Coming to terms with having a child with special needs; life will throw many curveballs, so you’d better get a bigger bat; laughter will be your best friend; lower your expectations for perfection. […]

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Mar 30, 2019
Roots and Wings + The Enchanted Hour
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roots and wings+enchanted hourDan Mager, author of Roots and Wings. Topic: Mindful parenting in recovery Issues: Types of recovery; growing beyond how you grew up; our children are not us; the mind as storyteller; meditation and other mindfulness practices; connecting through communication; reconciling and the limits of love. Meghan Cox Gurdon, author of The Enchanted Hour. Topic: The […]

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Mar 23, 2019
Confidence and Joy + Under Pressure

confidence and joy+under pressureElaine Fogel Schneider, co-author of Confidence and Joy. Topic: Success strategies for kids with learning differences. Issues: What learning differences are what they’re not; how differences are different from disabilities; what signs to look for that reveal a learning difference; strategies to employ for promoting a child’s confidence and joy; how to build an advocacy […]

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Mar 16, 2019
Seven at Sea + Weird Parenting Wins

7 at sea+weird parenting winsErik Orton, co-author of Seven at Sea. Topic: Why a New York City family cast off convention for a life-changing year on a sailboat. Issues: Life is what we make of it, regardless of what society dictates; how it’s possible to imagine more boldly than we usually allow ourselves and dare to dream of a […]

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Mar 09, 2019
Digital Mystique + Dating for Boys
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digital mystique+dating and sex for boysSarah Granger, author of The Digital Mystique. Topic: How the culture of connectivity can empower your life—online and off. Issues: Connecting is just the beginning; managing children’s computer use; managing your own computer use; the importance of actual face-to-face interactions in the digital world; recognizing and overcoming tech addiction. Andrew Smiler, author of Dating and […]

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Mar 02, 2019
Find and Live Your Purpose + Viewing Life Through the Eyes of a Child
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quest for purpose+kids knowKen Keis, author of Quest for Purpose. Topic: A self-discovery process to find and live your purpose. Issues: Why meaning comes before purpose; the mindset required to succeed; identifying what you really value; learning what excites and interests you; your core passions; and many more steps that will help you live your purpose. Allen Klein, […]

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Feb 23, 2019
Yucky and Fun Science + Awakening the Undead Teen
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yucky science+lab wizards+teen zombieJoy Masoff, author of Oh, Ick! and John Austin: author of Labcraft Wizards. Topic: Making science fun. Issues: Snot sandwiches, burp factories, and other science experiments guaranteed to gross you out; Dragon eggs, stacking water, and other magical projects and experiments; encouraging girls to get involved in math and science; how scientists and writers collaborate […]

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Feb 16, 2019
Forget Having It All + Raising Humans in a Digital World
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forget having all+raising humansAmy Westervelt, author of Forget Having It All. Topic: How America messed up motherhood—and how to fix it. Issues: Pioneer women; the industrial revolution; scientific motherhood and modern reproduction; from Rosie the Riveter to the 1950s; second-wave feminism; the fertility-industrial complex. Diana Graber, author of Raising Humans in a Digital World. Topic: Helping kids build […]

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Feb 09, 2019
Surviving Toxic Parents + End Financial Stress Now
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toxic parents+end financial stressBryn Collins, author of The Toxic Parents Survival Guide. Topic: Recognizing, understanding, and freeing yourself from difficult relationships. Issues: The importance of emotions in parenting; what is emotional unavailability; inconsistent parents; parents who make you feel like you’re not good enough; guilt, resentment, and regrets; what emotionally available parents look (and act) like. Emily Guy […]

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Feb 02, 2019
Emotionally Healthy Child + Who Stole My Child?
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emotionally healthy+who stole childMaureen Healy, author of The Emotionally Healthy Child. Topic: Helping children calm, center, and make smarter choices. Issues: What makes an emotionally healthy child? Three simple steps that have the power to change everything when it comes to emotional health; how children can use their experiences as fodder for positive emotional health; why wholeness is […]

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Jan 26, 2019
Prodependence + Healing Children
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prodependence+healing childrenRobert Weiss, author of Prodependence. Topic: Moving beyond codependence. Issues: Addiction, empathy, and psychotherapy; what is codependence? Our need to connect; defining and understanding pro-dependence; addiction is an intimacy disorder; creating and living co-dependent relationships. Kurt Newman, author of Healing Children. Topic: Stories from the frontiers of pediatric medicine. Issues: A longtime pediatric surgeon talks […]

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Jan 19, 2019
Real Warriors, Real Battles + Angst
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real warriors+angstTech Sergeant Bradley Blair, Real Warriors campaign. Topic: Real warriors, real battles, real strength. Issues: Anxiety, depression, resilience, and recovery for military servicemembers and veterans; PTSD; suicide prevention: it’s not just about combat and deployments; mental health resources (1-866-966-1020); military crisis line (1-800-273-8255). Scilla Andreen, producer of “Angst” documentary, and Steve, Mannie, and Samantha Nimmo, […]

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Jan 12, 2019
Be the Parent You Wish You’d Had + The Dream Feed Method

master values+dreamfeedChristine Crockett Smith, author of 18 Master Values. Topic: Be the parent you wish you’d had. Issues: Love, positive attitude, work ethic, gratitude, curiosity, pride, humility, and many other important values. Jason Freedman, coauthor of The Dream Feed Method. Topic: Getting babies to sleep through the night by month 4, without crying it out. Issues: […]

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Jan 05, 2019
The Defense State Liaison Office + Tragedy Assistance Program + Relationship Sanity

marcus beauregard+taps+relationship sanityMarcus Beauregard, Director, Defense State Liaison Office. Topic: The Defense State Liaison Office is responsible for assisting in the passage of an average of 70 state bills per year, influencing a range of titles in state statutes including absentee voting, occupational licensing, unemployment compensation, consumer protection, family law, child advocacy, K-16 education, public health and […]

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Dec 29, 2018
Military OneSource + Fatherhood in 40-Minute Snapshots + DadTalks
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lee kelley+daddy talks+40-min snapshotsLee Kelley, Director of Military Community Support Programs for Military Community and Family Policy. Topic: Military OneSource, Military and Family Life Counseling, and the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Programs. Tony Sanders, Jr. author of Daddy Talks. Topic: Empowering fathers, encouraging children, and equipping families. Issues: Character; birds and bees; talking to boys and girls; […]

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Dec 22, 2018
DoD Child Care Centers + Eagle Rock Camp + Boulder Crest Retreat
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eddie mentzer+eagle rock+boulder crest+talk about deathEddy Mentzer, Associate Director for Child, Youth and Families. Topic: DoD child care, child development centers, school-age care, family child care, and community-based care, youth and teen centers and fee assistance child care. Lynn Marilla, Chief Executive Camper, Eagle Rock Camp. Topic: Eagle Rock believes in strengthening, encouraging, and supporting our military families who live […]

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Dec 15, 2018
VFW + Army Women’s Foundation + Homes for Veterans + The Trouble with Bribes

vfw+awf+homes for vets+punish rewardKen Wiseman, Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer at Virginia VFW. Topic: The many accomplishments and resources provided by this nearly 120-year-old organization that seeks to foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts, serve our veterans, the military and our communities, and advocate on behalf of all veterans. Isabelle Slifer and Anne Macdonald, […]

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Dec 08, 2018
Military Childcare Workers + Homebased Businesses + Secrets of Resilient Parents

gary+gumpf+resilient parentsPeter Gary, Human Resources Advisor, Department of Army Staff. Topic: The Child and Youth Services Employee Assignment Tool (CEAT). CEAT makes it easier for spouses to get jobs by providing an opportunity to request a non-competitive transfer to another Army installation at the same grade/pay level. CEAT supports continued employment of CYS employees, with emphasis […]

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Dec 01, 2018
16 Family Readiness Indicators + Luke’s Wings + 9 Essential Skills to Teach Your Child
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16 indicators+lukes wings+independent kidsJoseph Trebing, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management (OACSIM) Headquarters, Department of the Army; and Dorie Hickson, Program Analyst, Soldier and Family Readiness Division, OACSIM. Topic: 16 Family Readiness Indicators and what we need to know about Military Family Readiness, evidence from 2007-2017. Download the complete report, “What We Know about […]

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Nov 24, 2018
Introduction to TRICARE + Man Out
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tricare+man outPeter Grady, acting chief of Tricare Health Plan Topic: An important introduction to TRICARE benefits, how to apply for them, and upcoming changes that you really need to know about. Andrew Yarrow, author of Man Out. Topic: Men on the sidelines of American Life Issues: Masculinity; mating; marriage; the lost boys; online and offline; lost […]

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Nov 17, 2018
Managing Children’s Anger and Anxiety + A New U
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busy parent anger+new ULaurie Hollman, author of The Busy Parent’s Guide to Managing Anxiety and The Busy Parent’s Guide to Managing Anger. Topic: Quick, easy-to-implement yet powerful solutions Issues: Understanding generalized anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, temper tantrums, and excessive anger; how parents can help children and teens master their emotions using a method called the Parental Intelligence Way […]

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Nov 10, 2018
Perfect Like Me + Politics of Autism
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perfect like me+politics of autismDana Bowman, author of Perfect Like Me. Topic: The dangers of striving for perfection in parenting and in life–especially when you’re in recovery. Issues: How to stop buying self-help books; how to shop at Costco and not give in to despair; how to escape your family; how to be married and content at the same […]

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Nov 03, 2018
Beyond Birds and Bees + A New Theory of Teenagers
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beyond birds and bees + new theory of teensBonnie J. Rough, author of Beyond Birds and Bees. Topic: A new message about sex, love, and equality. Issues: Comparing the differences between the ways parents in Holland and the US discuss sex and related topics with their children. When is the right time to talk about sex, gender, love, and relationships? Christa Santangelo, author […]

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Oct 27, 2018
Paternity Leave Pioneer + Back Pain Relief Diet + Calling All Minds
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paternity leave+backpain+calling mindsJerry Cammarata, author of The Fun Book of Fatherhood. Topic: Stories from a paternity-leave pioneer. Issues: What it was like to be the first man to take paternity leave in the U.S.; what’s changed–and, more importantly what hasn’t–in the 45 years since then; advice for dads thinking about taking the leave, and for companies about […]

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Oct 20, 2018
Journey to Great Health + Positive Discipline for Busy Parents
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mark allyn+positive disciplineMark Alyn, host of “Late Night Health” radio show. Topic: The journey to great health. Issues: How Mark went from being in terrible pain to being an outspoken spokesman for taking care of yourself; the importance of being your own healthcare advocate; educating yourself about your options; Joy Marchese, co-author of Positive Discipline for Today’s […]

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Oct 13, 2018
Our Military Kids + Voice Lessons for Parents
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our military kids+voice lessonsLinda Davidson, Co-Founder and President and Gretchen Hitchner, Director of Communications, Our Military Kids. @OurMilitaryKids Topic: Grants to military children with a parent who is deployed or recovering. Issues: This wonderful nonprofit supports children, ages 5-12th grade, of deployed National Guard and Reserve servicemembers and children of wounded warriors from all service branches. Grants pay […]

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Oct 06, 2018
American Military Partner Association + Learning How to Learn
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mil partners+learn to learnAshley Broadway-Mack, founding board member and president, American Military Partner Association. @LGBTMilPartners Topic: Spouses and family of LGBTQ servicemembers. Issues: The American Military Partner Association is the nation’s largest resource and support network for the partners, spouses, families, and allies of America’s LGBTQ servicemembers and veterans. AMPA has over 50,000 members and supporters and leads […]

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Sep 29, 2018
Homefront Warriors + How to Be a Happier Parent
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homefront warriors+happier parentChantel Olson, author of Homefront Warriors. @chantellouise16 Topic: Not every warrior wears a uniform. Issues: The many lessons learned from military spouses during their spouse’s deployment; how military spouses can get support during deployment; special concerns of children with a deployed parent; why it’s important to honor homefront warriors for their service. KJ Del’Antonia, author […]

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Sep 22, 2018
Army Emergency Relief + Navy-Marine Corps Relief + Empowering ADHD Kids for Success
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army relief+navy relief+add child wants you to knowEldon Mullis, retired Colonel, Deputy Director, and Chief Operating Officer of Army Emergency Relief. @aerhq ‏ Topic: The Army’s own emergency financial assistance organization, which is dedicated to “Helping the Army Take Care of its Own.” Issues: Loans, grants, scholarships, and other types of aid available to active duty, Reserve, Guard, and retired soldiers (and […]

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Sep 15, 2018
Operation Homefront + Prime-Time Parenting
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op homefront+prime timeJohn Pray, President and CEO of Operation Homefront. @Op_Homefront – IG: operationhomefront Topic: Building strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive—not simply struggle to get by—in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. Issues: This non-profit has served more than 40,000 military families and provided nearly $25 million in relief […]

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Sep 08, 2018
Air Force Aid Society + Coast Guard Mutual Assistance + Bereavement for the Widowed
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air force+coast guard+loss is 4-letterLinda Egentowich, retired Colonel and Chief Operating Officer, of Air Force Aid Society. @afashq Topic: The official charity of the Air Force, which has been meeting the unique needs of active duty, Reserve, and retired Air Force members (and their families), since 1942. Issues: Emergency assistance (loans and grants for housing, major expenses, etc); education […]

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Sep 01, 2018
K9s for Warriors + Acid Reflux in Children
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k9s for warriors+acid refluxBrett Simon, Founder and President of K9s For Warriors. @k9sforwarriors Topic: The benefits of service dogs for veterans and other servicemembers Issues: The benefits of having a service dog; difference between service dogs and therapy dogs; they type of training dogs for servicemembers receive; conditions that service dogs can help with (PTSD, anxiety issues, sexual […]

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Aug 25, 2018
Differently Wired + Wit, Guts, Grit
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differently wired+wits guts gritDeborah Reber, author of Differently Wired. @TiltParenting Topic: Raising an exceptional child in a conventional world. Issues: Letting go of your impossible expectations for who you “should” be as a parent; seeking out like-minded parents; becoming fluent in your child’s language; creating a world where your child can be secure; parenting from a place of […]

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Aug 18, 2018
Blue Star Families + Wounded Warrior Project + Babies Made Us Modern
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blue star+wounded warrior+babies made use modernKathy Roth-Douquet, CEO, Blue Star Families. @BlueStarFamily – Instagram: bluestarfamilies Topic: Strengthening military families by connecting them with their neighbors–individuals and organizations–to create vibrant communities of mutual support. Issues: Raising awareness of the unique challenges of military family life; overcoming the isolation and alienation of frequent moves, deployments, and reduced support from the government; solving […]

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Aug 11, 2018
The Attachment Effect + The Boy Crisis
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attachment effect+boy crisisPeter Lovenheim, author of The Attachment Effect. Topic: Exploring the powerful ways our earliest bond shapes our relationships and lives. Issues: The psychology of attachment; different types of attachment and how each one creates a blueprint for our personal and professional relationships; why attachment isn’t set in stone and what you can do to overcome […]

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Aug 04, 2018
Building Healthy Humans + Finances for Military Families
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building humans+navy federalPia Martin, author of Building Healthy Humans. @DrPia – Instagram doctorpiamartin Topic: A guide to a balanced pregnancy for a happy, healthy baby. Issues: Epigenetics—what it is and how you can use it to create a healthier baby; how what a woman eats and does before and during pregnancy affect her children; how dads affect […]

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Jul 28, 2018
How Healing Works + Enough as She Is
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how healing works+enough as she isWayne Jonas, author of How Healing Works. @DrWayneJonas Topic: Using your hidden power to heal to get well and stay well. Issues: Rethinking healing; how science misses healing; integrative health; the importance of lifestyle changes; the importance of finding meaning in life; the importance of social connections—especially as we get older; integrative and alternative medicine. […]

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Jul 21, 2018
The Children Money Can Buy + Paint Your Hair Blue
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children money buy+paint hair blueAnne Moody, author of The Children Money Can Buy. @authorannemoody Topic: Stories from the frontlines of foster care and adoption. Issues: Who are foster parents and children; the dysfunctional foster care system; terminating (or not) parental rights; agency adoption; home study process; why adoptions is often the best option—and why the system keeps so many […]

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Jul 14, 2018
Now Say This + Beyond the Baby Blues
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ow say this+beyond baby bluesJulie Wright, coauthor of Now Say This. Topic: The right words to solve every parenting dilemma. Issues: Three steps for communicating in difficult moments; handling difficult feelings and tantrums; listening, following directions, and engaging cooperation; hitting, pushing, biting, and other physical behaviors; sibling relationships; screen time, bedtime and sleep. Rebecca Fox Starr, author of Beyond […]

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Jul 07, 2018
Fighting Lyme Disease + A Guide to Estate Planning
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lyme solution + estate planningDarin Ingels, author of The Lyme Solution. @lymeexpertND – Instagram: dariningelsnd Topic: How to fight Lyme’s inflammatory auto-immune response and beat the disease. Issues: A five-part plan to: fortify your gut health and restore the immune system; follow a diet that increases immunity and reduces inflammation; thwart and target an active infection; identify hidden toxins […]

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Jun 30, 2018
Hire Heroes USA +The Only Way Out Is Through
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hire heroes usa+griefChristopher Plamp, Interim CEO, Hire Heroes USA. Topic: Helping veterans find jobs in the civilian workplace. Issues: Challenges faced by separating veterans (resume prep, interview prep, learning to talk about self instead of the team, etc.); differences between civilian and military workplaces; challenges faced by female vets; much more. Gail Gross, author of The Only […]

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Jun 23, 2018
Military Child Education Coalition + The Self-Driven Child
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mil child ed coalit+self-driven childCindy Simerly, VP of Fund Develoedment, Military Child Education Coalition. @MilitaryChild ‏- Instagram: militarychild_mcec Topic: Educational challenges faced by children in military families. Issues: How deployments and frequent PCS moves affect children; working with civilian schools to help them understand the needs of military kids; helping parents help their children; peer-to-peer support; scholarships; and much […]

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Jun 16, 2018
National Military Family Association + Rethinking School
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nat mil fam assn+rethinking schoolKelly Hruska, government relations director, National Military Family Association. @military_family – Instagram: nationalmilitaryfamily Topic: Resources for military families. Issues: National Military Family Association provides resources and support for military families dealing with adoption, deployment, special needs children (and adults), financial challenges, marriage, divorce, employment/career challenges, and much more. Susan Wise Bauer, author of Rethinking School. […]

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Jun 09, 2018
United Through Reading + Mommy Burnout
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united thru reading+mommy burnoutDr. Sally Zoll, CEO of United Through Reading. @UTR4Military – Instagram: utr4military Topic: The benefits of reading–to the reader and the child. Issues: Servicemembers who read aloud to their children are less stressed during deployments; children whose deployed parent records him/herself reading a story cope better with deployment and have fewer behavioral and other problems; […]

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Jun 02, 2018
Building Resilience in Military Families + The Fifth Trimester
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Jessica Tyson, model supervisor, Focus Program. Topic: Resilience training for military families. Issues: Practical skills to help families and couples overcome common challenges related to military life; Building on current strengths and learning new strategies to enhance communication and problem solving, goal setting, and creating a shared family story; much more. Lauren Smith Brody, author […]

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May 26, 2018
Helping Military Spouses Find and Keep Jobs + The Power of Clock Genes
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mil spouse emp partnership + change scheduleEddy Mentzer, Associate Director for the Family Readiness and Well-Being directorate in the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy within Military Community and Family Policy. @DoDMilSpouse – Instagram: dodmilspouse Topic: Military Spouse Employment Partnership Topic: Helping military spouses find and keep employment. Issues: Challenges faced by military spouses (portability and transferability of licenses and certifications, […]

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May 19, 2018
Bounceback Parenting + Parenting High-Tech Kids

bounceback+high-tech parentingAlissa Marquess, author of Bounceback Parenting. @bouncebackmom – Instagram: alissamarquess Topic: Creating connection, not perfection. Issues: Fantastic conversation starters to get kids to open up; turning around a bad day; the power of waiting 17 seconds before correcting or responding to children; empathic exercises to help parents recover from the guilt of making mistakes; self-care […]

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May 12, 2018
Raising Money-Smart Kids + No More Mean Girls

liktoon finance+no more mean girlsRadha Rai, co-author of Liktoon & Gee’s Adventures: Liktoon’s Boat. @MissFingy – Instagram: missfingy Topic: Inspiring the next generation of money-smart kids. Issues: Why it’s so hard for adults to talk to their kids about money; illogical financial decisions adults make; the concept of saving for the future. More info and resources at http://www.missfingy.com/ Katie […]

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May 05, 2018
Things to Tell Your Kids + No Good at Rhyming + Campus Cure

40 things+no rhyme+campus cureJohn Allcock, author of Forty Things I Wish I’d Told My Kids. Topic: Mindful messages about success, happiness, and more. Issues: Don’t be ruled by the tyranny of events; 90% of your worries are wrong; Pain is unavoidable—but suffering is optional; what we do is not as important as who we are; use your mistakes […]

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Apr 28, 2018
Minimize Self-Doubt and Move Forward + Stress Behavior vs. Misbehavior
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gift of maybe+self-regAllison Carmen, author of The Gift of Maybe. @giftofmaybe Topic: Finding hope and possibility in uncertain times. Issues: Reducing stress and anxiety; viewing uncertainty as a place of hope; creating more opportunities in life; minimizing self-doubt as an obstacle to moving forward; finding joy in the moment. Stuart Shanker, author of Self-Reg. @StuartShanker Topic: How […]

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Apr 21, 2018
Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes + Accepting and Understanding Conflict
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gender creative+nonflictDiane Ehrensaft, author of The Gender Creative Child. Topic: Nurturing and supporting children who live outside gender boxes. Issues: The difference between gender and sex; does gender have to be binary (male or female)? supporting a gender creative child; when parents may need to get help from professionals. Stephen Hecht, coauthor of Nonflict. Topic: The […]

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Apr 14, 2018
Field-Tested Strategies for Life with Kids + Mind-Body Strategies for Lifelong Health
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parent hacks+free child overeatingAsha Dornfest, author of Parent Hacks. Topic: Genius shortcuts for life with kids. Issues: The little-known advantages of cabbage leaves; using ankle weights to keep a stroller from tipping; hiding your valuables in a (clean) diaper; and more than 100 more real-world, field-tested strategies from parents. Michelle Maidenberg, author of Free Your Child from Overeating. […]

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Apr 07, 2018
Vitamins and How We Think About Food + Horses, Movement, and Treating Autism
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vitamania+long ride homeCatherine Price, author of Vitamania. Topic: How vitamins revolutionized the way we think about food. Issues: How vitamins were discovered and named; the surprising story of America’s blind devotion to vitamins at the expense of our health; why so much we “know” about vitamins is actually wrong; what vitamins actually do (and don’t do). Rupert […]

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Mar 31, 2018
Looking at the Science of Parenting + Really Bad Parenting Advice
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informed parent+grounded for lifeTara Haelle, coauthor of The Informed Parent. Topic: The science of parenting in your child’s first four years. Issues: The importance of looking at the science before acting on advice you get from a friend (or the Internet); the truth about soft cheese, cat poop, alcohol, vaccines, SIDS, bed sharing, pacifiers, and much more. Tim […]

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Mar 24, 2018
Natural Approaches to Treating Autism + Overcoming Guilt About Childbirth Interventions
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unprescription autism+push backJanet Lintala, author of The Un-Prescription for Autism. Topic: A natural approach for a calmer, happier, and more focused child. Issues: The connection between autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and gastro-intestinal problems; the importance of enzymes and probiotics; the benefits of a complete GI protocol. Amy Tuteur, author of Push Back. Topic: Guilt in the age […]

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Mar 17, 2018
Choosing Joy + Parenting Advice from Fictional Pop-Culture Icons
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live happy+geek parentingDeborah Heisz, author of Live Happy. Topic: Ten practices for choosing joy. Issues: The truth about happiness; the science behind having a positive attitude, building positive connections and relationships, nurturing creativity, mindfulness, resilience, gratitude, giving back, and even spirituality. Stephen Segal and Valya Dudycz Lupescu, coauthors of Geek Parenting. Topic: What Joffrey, Jor-El, Maleficent, and […]

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Mar 10, 2018
Developing Your Children’s Innate Talents + Lose the Belly Fat

strengths-based+fat burning machineMary Reckmeyer, author of Strengths Based Parenting. Topic: Developing your children’s innate talents. Issues: Setting kids up for success; finding out what your parenting strengths are; understanding your children’s strengths; creating a parent-child partnership based on your and your children’s strengths. Mike Berland, author of Become a Fat-Burning Machine. Topic: Overcoming metabolic syndrome. Issues: How […]

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Mar 03, 2018
Advances in Reproductive Technology + Lifelong Intimacy

own sweet time+yes you canRachel Lehmann-Haupt, author of In Her Own Sweet Time. Topic: Egg freezing and the new frontiers of family. Issues: The media circus that surrounds the hook-up culture; what the data says about shifting family structures and how they affect the children born into them; pros and cons of post-35 pregnancy and motherhood; important facts about […]

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Feb 24, 2018
How to Teach Teaching + Building an Emotionally Safe House
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build better teacher+safe houseElizabeth Green, author of Build a Better Teacher. Topic: How teaching works and how to teach it to everyone. Issues: Everyone agrees that a great teacher can have an enormous impact. But is it simply a matter of natural charisma, or can it be taught to millions of people who make up the American teaching […]

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Feb 17, 2018
The Yes Brain + Passing Judgment
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yes brain + passing judgmentDaniel Siegel, co-author of The Yes Brain. Topic: How to cultivate courage, curiosity, and resilience in your child. Issues: Defining the Yes Brain and why it’s so important; The four fundamentals of the Yes Brain and how to strengthen them; the key to knowing when kids need a gentle push out of their comfort zone […]

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Feb 10, 2018
Be the Parent, Please + Girls Just Want to Have Likes
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be the parent + girls want likes2/2/18 Naomi Schaefer Riley, author of Be the Parent, Please. Topic: Stop banning seesaws and start banning SnapChat. Issues: What we don’t know can hurt us; why babies aren’t meant to be Einstein; are computers and tablets any better for kids than TV? the real price of Internet access; how technology is hurting American education; […]

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Feb 03, 2018
Parent’s Guide to Teen Addiction + The Deepest Well
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guide to teen addiction + deepest wellLaurence Westreich, author of A Parent’s Guide to Teen Addiction. Topic: Advice from a professional on everything you need to know about teen addiction. Issues: How to recognize a problem; what you need to know about the substances teens commonly use; how to find good one-on-one addiction therapy; how to encourage a teen to enter […]

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Jan 27, 2018
See Life Through the Eyes of a Child + Quest for Purpose
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secrets kids know+quest for purposeAllen Klein, author of Secrets Kids Know. Topic: Enriching your life by viewing it through the eyes of a child. Issues: 18 ways to think like a child, including: be amazed, be bold, be curious, be joyful, be optimistic, be a napper, be a risk taker, be wise, and more. Ken Keis, author of Quest […]

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Jan 20, 2018
Common Sense for Common Good + Myth of the ADHD Child
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common sense for common good + myth of adhdJim Baumann, author of Common Sense for Our Common Good. Topic: A parents’ guide to making our kids’ school great. Issues: Four components of solving the good school puzzle: effective educators, engaged parents, committed community, and successful student learners; what we as parents and community members can do improve our schools so our children can […]

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Jan 13, 2018