Better Thinking Skills + Change Your Attitude + Positive Discipline + Screamfree Parenting

Michael Starbird, coauthor of The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking.
Topic: Not everyone is born a genius, but you can train your brain to think better.
Issues: Learning to understand things more deeply; turning mistakes into insights; how answers can lead to questions; creating new ideas from old ones; how to promote effective thinking.

Jude Bijou, author of Attitude Reconstruction.
Topic: A blueprint for building a better life
Issues: Could all your problems stem from unexpressed sadness, anger, or fear? Is it possible to turn your life around in less than five minutes a day? Communication rules that let you speak up about anything to anyone.

Ronald Mah, author of Difficult Behavior in Early Childhood.
Topic: Positive discipline for pre-K – third grade and beyond.
Issues: Reconciling different behavioral expectations of families and schools; applying timeout effectively; motivating children immediately and powerfully; identifying early signs of depression, anxiety, and special needs.

Hal Runkel, author of Screamfree Parenting.
Topic: Raising your kids by keeping your cool.
Issues: Why your emotional reactions to a child’s misbehavior backfires; parenting is not about kids—it’s about parents; why the greatest thing we can do for our kids is learn to focus on ourselves; how empty threats are really broken promises.

Creating a Beautiful Mess + Surviving the Toddler Years

Ann Gadzikowski, author of Creating a Beautiful Mess.
Essential play experiences for a joyous childhood.
Issues: Playing with blocks; turn-taking games; pretend and make believe; the joys of messes; finding and collecting; and more.

Dawn Dais, The Sh!t No One Tells You About Toddlers.
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.

Parent-Child Dance + Brainstorm

Ronald Kotkin, coauthor of The Parent-Child Dance.
Strategies and techniques for staying one step ahead.
Issues: Understanding what the parent-child dance is; how to make sure that what your child hears is actually what you’re saying; minimizing arguments and defiant behavior; how to handle it when your child takes the lead in the dance.

Daniel Siegel, author of Brainstorm.
The power and purpose of the teenage brain.
Issues: Popular myths about teenage behavior; why teens are driven to seek out novelty and take more risks; how the brain undergoes rapid changes even through the early 20s; how and why adolescence is really a “golden age” of innovation and creativity; and much more.

Struggling to Pay for College + Power Dads

Bobbi Dempsy, author of Degrees of Desperation.
Topic: The Working Class Struggle to Pay for College
Issues: Why some couples seeking financial aid might better off if one of the spouses quit working; how the cost of college has far outpaced inflation: the dangers of cashing in retirement accounts to pay for college; why some private colleges might actually be cheaper than public ones!

Wayne Parker, author of Power Dads.
Basic principles succssful fathers use to raise happy, responsible children
Issues:The 10 power principles included in PowerDads are all about learning what’s important in this role we call fatherhood and developing the skills to implement the power principles in every day parenting.

Real-World Self Defense + Spy Secrets to Save Your Life

Damian Ross Self Defense CompanyDamian Ross, creator of the Self Defense Training System.
Real-world self-defense strategies
Issues: Why traditional martial arts don’t work on the street; getting comfortable with the idea of doing violence to someone who’s trying to harm you or a loved one; how to create distance and diffuse potentially violent situations; devastating strategies even beginners can use to improve their chances of survival.

Jason Hanson, author of Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life.
Safety and survival techniques to keep your family protected
Issues: Picking locks; essential items to carry at all times; know when you’re being followed and how to lose your tail; preventing home invasions, carjackings, and kidnappings; traveling safely no matter where you are.

End Bullying + Safety vs. Panic + Adolescents and Risk

Carrie Goldman, author of Bullied.
Topic: What every parent, teacher, and kid needs to know about ending the cycle of fear.
Issues: Eye-opening stats on the prevalence of bullying; the harmful effects of bullying on the brain; creating a home environment that produces neither bullies nor victims; why typical school anti-bullying/zero tolerance policies do more harm than good.

Paula Statman, author of Raising Careful, Confident Kids in a Crazy World.Topic: Teaching kids to be safe and strong.
Issues: Striking a healthy balance between safety and panic; turning nice kids into safe kids; why scare tactics don’t work; what parents and kids need to know about sex offenders; much more.

Michael Ungar, author of Too Safe for Their Own Good.
Topic: How risk and responsibility help teens thrive.
Issues: Adolescents are safer now than at any time in history—why are we overly protecting them? How bubble-wrapping kids stunts their healthy growth and puts them at harm; the benefits of experiencing manageable amounts of danger.