Alice Domar, author of Finding Calm for the Expectant Mom.
Topic: Reducing stress, anxiety, and mood swings during your pregnancy.
Issues:The dangers of comparing yourself to others (friends, celebrities, other pregnant women); what pregnancy is really like; taking care of yourself without appearing selfish; managing expectations; what dads and partners can do to help the pregnant mom; preparing for post-baby life.
Wllliam Miller, author of The Microcosm Within.
Topic: Vaccination amnesia
Issues: A brief history of vaccines and the diseases they’ve eradicated or controlled; what is “herd immunity” and how it’s saving your life; Wakefield and his fraudulent research on vaccines–and why it’s so dangerous; why people refuse vaccines and the dangers they’re exposing their kids to.
Jennifer Weeks, author of The New Age of Sex Education.
Topic: How to talk to your teen about cybersex and pornography in the digital age.
Issues: Why pornography isn’t always a bad thing; how a parent’s beliefs about sex and sexuality influence how they do or don’t talk to their child about sex; connection between texting and sexting; how to know whether your child is having a problem with sexual identity.
Devorah Heitner, author of Screenwise.
Topic: Helping kids thrive and survive in their digital world.
Issues: The differences between “digital natives” and “digital immigrants,” assessing your own digital literacy; becoming a tech-positive parent; friendship and dating in the digital age; how much screen time do kids really have? the “forever” nature of the Internet; where do we go from here?
Gary Mayerson, author of How To Compromise With Your School District Without Compromising Your Child.
Topic: Combatting bullying and how to get effective services for children with autism or developmental disabilities.
Issues: Special concerns of kids with special needs; determining the services you need; working with the school district to get what you’re entitled to under the law; why bullies target kids with autism and other developmental disabilities; the importance of encouraging bystanders to confront bullies.
Caitlin Flanagan, author of an article in the Atlantic magazine, “How Helicopter Parents Cause Binge Drinking.”
Topic: Why the way some white professionals raise their children is exacerbating an alcohol problem on some U.S. college campuses.
Issues: The difference between college drinking in the 1970s and today; the difference between “good parents” and “get-real parents”; how top colleges reward intensity and how binge drinking is a perfect form of that quality; why black students drink less than students of any other race.