Sue Doherty, author of Dancing with Your Baby.
Topic: Bonding and better health for you and your baby.
Issues: How touch, music, and movement benefit your baby; the ideal time to introduce your baby to music (hint: it’s before birth) and dance; how dancing with your baby benefits you.
Martha Ertman, author of Love’s Promises.
Topic: How formal and informal contracts shape all kinds of families.
Issues: The difference between a “deal” (I cook dinner and you wash the dishes) and an enforceable contract; Type A families (heterosexual couple raising a biologically related child) vs. Type B families (pretty much every other kind of family imaginable); how contracts shape and sustain families as opposed to simply being cold and calculating.
Sean Grover, author of When Kids Call the Shots.
Topic: How to seize control from your darling bully and enjoy being a parent again.
Issues: Understanding the root causes of your child’s bossy behavior; how your own insecurities and history have shaped your parenting choices; types of parents who are more susceptible to being bullied by their kids; three most common bullying styles that kids use–and strategies you can use to restore your leadership.
Heather Flett, coauthor of The Rookie Mom’s Handbook.
Topic: Motherhood, fatherhood, the changing landscape of parenthood.
Issues: How motherhood has changed over the last 10 years; the mom blogging community; resources for new moms; the importance of letting the dad do things his way; the role of social media in creating communities of moms.
Jamie Glowacki, author of Oh Crap! Potty Training.
Topic: Everything modern parents need to know to do it once and do it right.
Issues: How do I know if my child is ready; why won’t my child poop in the potty; how do I avoid power struggles; How can I get their daycare provider on board? what about nighttime? why children regress.
Alissa 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 not getting enough of).
Susan Greenhalgh, author of Fat-Talk Nation.
Topic: The human costs of America’s war on fat.
Issues: The politics and culture of fat in America; how the war on fat damages the physical and emotional health of our young people and disrupts families and intimate relationships; how to change the national conversation and reframe our relationship with our bodies and our health.
Justin 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 microbiota is facing a “mass extinction event.”
Mark Bowers, author of 8 Keys to Raising the Quirky Child.
Topic: How to help a kid who doesn’t quite fit in.
Issues: The fine line between geeks, nerds, and the quirky and mild-autism or Asperger’s; identifying your child’s quirks; optimizing social skills; tracking your child’s development; managing challenges at home.
Tom Clynes, author of The Boy Who Played with Fusion.
Topic: Extreme science, extreme parenting, and how to make a star
Issues: The amazing story of Taylor Wilson, an American teenager who became the youngest personever to build a working nuclear fusion reactor; the equally amazing choices Taylor’s parents made to fully support his intellectual passions; the social challenges of being off-the-charts brilliant.