Stuart Shanker, author of Self-Reg. @StuartShanker
Topic: How to help your child (and you) break the stress cycle and successfully engage with life.
Issues: Why our ability to thrive depends on being able to self-regulate; the difference between misbehavior and stress behavior; why or emphasis on will power and self-control is not only misguided, but actually counter-productive; how kids feed off our stress and we feed off theirs; the link between behavior and energy.
Allison Carmen, author of The Gift of Maybe. @giftofmaybe
Topic: Finding hope and possibility in uncertain times.
Issues: Reducing stress and anxiety; viewing uncertainty as a place of hope; creating more opportunities in life; minimizing self-doubt as an obstacle to moving forward; finding joy in the moment.
Roger Lucas, author of More Chocolate, No Cavities.
Topic: How diet can keep your kid cavity-free.
Issues: Why kids can get cavities without ever touching candy or soda; why it’s better to feed kids dark chocolate instead of crackers; how a zero-cavity program doesn’t require a complete family diet overhaul.
Mai Vu, author of The Divorced Mom’s Guide to Datingg. @HotLifeHotLove
Topic: How to be loved, adored, and cherished.
Issues: The biggest question that tired, overwhelmed single moms struggle with: “Why do I work so hard, but I’m not getting the love, success, and support that I want?”
Laurie Berdahl, coauthor of Warning Signs.
Topic: Protect your kids from becoming victims or perpetrators of violence and aggression.
Issues: Violent media influences; bullying; hazardous friendships; sexual aggression and abuse; risky thinking and entitled attitudes; school safety; gun violence; mental health, and more.
Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, 3rd edition.
Topic: Helping your daughter survive cliques, gossip, boys, and the new realities of girl world.
Issues: How to tell what role your daughter plays and how to help her be herself; examining your own parenting style and how you relate to your daughter; the powerful and complicated role of technology in girl world; girls’ power plays; good popularity vs. bad popularity.
Frederick Travis and Robert Keith Wallace, coauthors of Dharma Parenting.
Topic: Understand your child’s brilliant brain for greater happiness, health, success, and fulfillment.
Issues: Different brain/body types and where they come from; how understanding your child’s brain/body type will help you better connect; how each type responds to food and other inputs; routines to improve family dynamics.
Katherine Ozment, author of Grace without God.
Topic: The search for meaning, purpose, and belonging in a secular age.
Issues: Percentage of adults who don’t identify with any organized religion is growing; are they skipping out on more than tired rituals and ancient folklore? How do non-religious people fill the need for community, more guidance, and meaning without religion?
Kyle Schwartz, author of I Wish My Teacher Knew.
Topic: How one question can change everything for our kids.
Issues: Building community; breaking down barriers that create poverty; all families count; supporting students through grief and loss; when students are in danger; school cultures that build character; building a classroom of self-efficacy.
Paula Fass, author of The End of American Childhood.
Topic: A history of parenting from life on the frontier to the managed child.
Issues: How the American understanding of childhood differs from that of many other countries; how the way we raise our children mirrors the way our society and culture has developed; why childhood lasts a lot longer now than it did 150 years ago or so; and much more.