Parent-Child Dance + Brainstorm

Ronald Kotkin, coauthor of The Parent-Child Dance.
Topic:
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.
Topic:
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!
#degreesbook

Wayne Parker, author of Power Dads.
Topic:
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.
Topic:
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.
Topic:
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.

Children and Deployment + Perilous Math + Bratproofing + Raising Geeks

Jill Biden, author of Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops.
Topic: The Second Lady of the US talks about being the mother of a deployed soldier and the effects of deployment on children.

Sean Connolly, author of The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math.
Topic: Death-defying challenges for young mathematicians.
Issues: How to defeat vampires using algebraic equations; destroy and out-of-control asteroid using geometry; escape an enemy spy using ratios and proportions; plus killer tornadoes, deadly spiders, zombies, and more.

Lewis Solomon and Janet Stern Solomon, coauthors of Bratproofing Your Children.
Topic: How to raise socially and financially responsible kids.
Issues: Protecting children from potentially negative influences of parents’ wealth; protecting your wealth from being destroyed by children and grandchildren.

Marybeth Hicks, author of Bringing Up Geeks.
Topic: How to protect your kid’s childhood in a grow-up-too-fast world.
Issues: Redefining “geek” in positive terms (Genuine, Enthusiastic, Empowered Kids); freeing children from cultural conditioning while instilling important values; pursuing passions instead of fashions; resisting peer pressure and destructive behavior; supporting the love of learning that helps kids excel in school.

Homework + The Homework Trap + Employment for Military Spouses

Kenneth Goldberg, author of The Homework Trap.
Topic: How to save the sanity of parents, students, and teachers.
Issues: The science behind homework difficulties; what homework looks like from the student’s perspective; understanding the reasons behind children’s homework problems; why the suggestions and solutions you’ve been offering may be doing more harm than good.


Neil McNerney, author of Home Work.
Topic: How to help your child without freaking out.
Issues: Recognizing your personal strengths (and weaknesses) and using harnessing them; identifying the individual ways your child deals with homework and other stressors; learning to use three powerful leadership techniques to help your child achieve success.


CAPT Brad Cooper, Executive Director of Joining Forces.
Topic: Employment programs for military spouses and veterans.
Issues: Ensuring the professional licenses will be accepted nationwide; job training for returning veterans; ensuring that high school AP coursework will be accepted even if the student transfers mid-year; and much more.