The Giant Book of Creativity + The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature

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.

Old-School Parenting + Empowering Bullied Kids

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.

The Rhythm of Math + Transforming Math to Inspire Success

rhythm of math

rhythm of mathKeith 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.

Veterans Sexual Health + Providing for Families of Veterans + Surviving Your Teen

devid gremillion 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.


folded flag foundationFred 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,

Veterans’ Sexual Health + All You Need Is 4 Seconds

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Tom Berger and Ingrid Hererra-Yee
Topic:
Veteran’s sexual health
Issues: How vets’ sexual health is affeted by PTSD; how a vet’s sexual issues affect his or her family; how the culture of the military keeps vets from asking for and getting the help they need; why asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness; differences between the ways male and female vets deal with sexual issues; organizations that are working to help vets overcome obstacles
veterans health councilTom Berger is a U.S. Navy verteran and the Executive Director of the Veterans Health Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America.


national alliance on mental healthIngrid Hererra-Yee, LMHC, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who works with the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She was the 2014 National Guard Spouse of the Year, and is a specialist on trauma/PTSD.

Peter Bregman, author of Four Seconds.
Topic:
All the time you need to stop counter-productive habits and get the results you want.
Issues: Why setting goals can harm your performance; how to use strategic disengagement to recover focus and willpower; why listening—not arguing—is the best strategy for changing someone’s mind; how taking responsibility for someone else’s failure can help you succeed.

Listen to Your Mother + Child, Please

Ann Imig, editor of Listen to Your Mother.
Topic:
Looking at mothers and motherhood from every possible perspective.
Issues: Humorous, heartbreaking, and thought-provoking essays about mothers and motherhood; the Listen to Your Mother (LTYM) events and cultural phenomenon.

Ylonda Gault Caviness, author of Child, Please.
Topic:
How Mama’s old-school lessons helped one mother check herself before she wrecked herself.
Issues: Black parenting vs. white parenting; the advantages and disadvantages of old-school parenting; why parenting “experts” aren’t actually experts; mother hood and work.