Michael Wombacher, author of Good Dog, Happy Baby.
Topic: Preparing your dog for the arrival of your child.
Issues: How to evaluate your dog and identify potential problems before the baby arrivers; how to resolve common behavioral problems such as barking object guarding, jumping up, overprotectiveness, and more; how to be sure your dog understands his place in the pack; teach your dog to build positive associations with the baby.
Laura Markham, author of Peaceful Parents, Happy Siblings.
Topic: How to stop the fighting and raise friends for life.
Issues: The most common mistake parents make with siblings; why you shouldn’t force your kids to share; how and why to schedule meltdowns; ways to foster sibling bonding; when to intervene in a sibling fight; should you force your kids to apologize to each other after a fight?
Scott Behson, author of The Working Dad’s Survival Guide.
Topic: How to succeed at work and at home.
Issues: Getting your work and family priorities figured out; negotiating workplace flexibility; paternity leave; uncovering and protecting family time; staying connected when you only have a short amount of family time; building your fatherhood network.
Josh Levs, author of All In.
Topic: How our work-first culture fails dads, families, and businesses.
Issues: The parental leave battle; the struggle between work and family; Dumping the “doofus dad” stereotype; challenges of being a military dad; dads’ changing priorities; the overall importance of fathers in children’s life.
Bobbi Conner, author of The Giant Book of Creativity for Kids.
Topic: 500 activities to encourage creativity in kids ages 2-12.
Issues: The principles of childhood creativity; being creative as a family; art activities, music activities, pretend activities; dance and movement activities, creativity with words.
Scott Sampson, author of How to Raise a Wild Child.
Topic: The art and science of falling in love with Nature.
Issues: What is nature and why do we need it? discovering nearby nature; mentoring young children; how to instill a love of nature even if you don’t love it that much yourself; balancing technology and nature; rethinking nature and childhood.
Michael Mascolo, author of 8 Keys to Old-School Parenting.
Topic:Why the “old” ways of parenting might be better than the “new” ways.
Issues: The shift from adult-centered parenting to child-centered parenting and why it’s been a failure; when parental authority became a bad thing; how to value your authority as a parent; cultivating your child’s character; applying discipline instead of punishment; raising self-directed children who are active learners.
Jodee Blanco, editor of Bullied Kids Speak Out.
Topic: How bullied kids survive–and how you can too.
Issues: Different types of bullying, the problem with “zero tolerance” programs; how children should respond to bullies; the role of parents and teachers in stopping bullying; survival strategies for victims; how bullies can apologize.
Keith Terry, co-author of Rhythm of Math.
Topic: A kinesthetic approach to teaching mathematics.
Issues: Using clapping, stepping, and vocalizing to explore patterns and internalize rhythms; how students can learn essential math concepts—addition, multiplication, subtraction, division, and fractions—by using their hands, feet, and voice in a way that engages them mentally and physically.
Jo Boaler, author of What’s Math Got to Do with It?
Topic: How teachers and parents can transform mathematics learning and inspire success.
Issues: Why the US is falling behind other industrialized countries in math; new research on the brain and mathematics that is revolutionizing scientists’ understanding of learning and potential; why the math people need is not the same math that’s learned in most classrooms.
Dr. David Gremillion, retired Air Force Colonel, professor at University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and a member of the Board of Directors of Men’s Health Network
Topic: Veteran’s sexual health.
Issues: Continuing our discussion about the sexual health of our veterans, the obstacles they face, and how they can get the help they need.
Fred Schremp retired Army veteran and president of the Folded Flag Foundation.
Topic: helping the families of servicemembers killed defending our country
Issues:Providing for the college education and other expenses of spouse and children of those who gave their lives.
Frances Jensen, author of The Teenage Brain.
Topic: A Neuroscientist’s survival guide to raising adolescents and young adults.
Issues: How the teenage brain is under construction; the vulnerabilities and strengths of the teenage brain; the importance of sleep and the circadian rhythms; the damage done to the teen brain by risk taking, smoking, alcohol, and drugs,