Raising Quirky Kids + The Boy Who Played With Fusion

Mark Bowers, author of 8 Keys to Raising the Quirky Child.
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.

Fat-Talk Nation + The Good Gut

Susan Greenhalgh, author of Fat-Talk Nation.
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.
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.”

Potty Training + Got Milked?

Jamie Glowacki, author of Oh Crap! Potty Training.
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?
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).

When Kids Call the Shots + Rookie Moms

Sean Grover, author of When Kids Call the Shots.
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.
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.

Dancing with Your Baby + Love’s Promises

Sue Doherty, author of Dancing with Your Baby.
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.
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.

Breaking the Cycle of Addiction + The Allergy Book

Lisa Sue Woititz, coauthor of Unwelcome Inheritance.
Break your family’s cycle of addictive behavior.
Issues: How alcoholism and addiction affect the whole person; characteristics of adult children of addicts; codependency and addictive thinking; learning from your family history; breaking the cycle of addiction; breaking the cycle of anger and resentment.

Robert Sears, coauthor of The Allergy Book.
Solving your child’s allergies, asthma, food sensitivities, and related problems.
Issues: Allergy testing; nasal allergies and the asthma connection; wheat and gluten sensitivity; the importance of probiotics in a healthy immune system; preventing allergies before they happen.