Kat Duff, author of The Secret Life of Sleep.
Topic: What happens between the time you fall asleep and the time when you wake up?
Issues: What is sleep? Stages of sleep; commercialization of sleep; dreams; babies and sleep; insomnia;
Valerie Davis Raskin, coauthor of This Isn’t What I Expected.
Topic: Overcoming postpartum depression
Issues: Symptoms of postpartum depression (PPD) and how it’s different than “baby blues”; dealing with panic attacks, stress overload, and obsessive urges; breaking the cycle of negative thinking; coping with the loss of self-esteem, when to get help; the dad’s role in support a new mom suffering from PPD
Quanyu Huang, author of The Hybrid Tiger.
Topic: Secrets of the extraordinary success of Asian-American Kids.
Issues: The differences between Chinese and American education; the advantages and disadvantages of both approaches; is it possible to say that one is better than the other> developing kids’ ambitions before discovering their interests.
Shimi Kang, author of The Dolphin Way.
Topic: Raising healthy, happy, motivated kids without turning into a tiger.
Issues: What happens to kids raised by Tiger parents? the skills required to succeed in the 21st Century–and how Dolphin parenting encourages their development; The importance of play and downtime; what happens to kids raised the Dolphin way?
Amy Tuteur, author of Push Back.
Topic: Guilt in the age of natural parenting.
Issues: Why there’s no reason to feel guilty about childbirth interventions (epidurals, fetal monitoring, c-sections, etc.)—in fact, childbirth is now safer for mothers and babies because of those interventions; why there’s no reason to feel guilty about epidurals (there’s no such thing as “good pain”); the truth about breastfeeding and the benefits.
Janet Lintala, author of The Un-Prescription for Autism.
Topic: A natural approach for a calmer, happier, and more focused child.
Issues: The connection between autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and gastro-intestinal problems; the importance of enzymes and probiotics; the benefits of a complete GI protocol.
Tim Jones, author of You’re Grounded for Life.
Topic: Misguided parenting strategies that sounded good at the time.
Issues: The trials and tribulations of parents with kids of all ages; the daunting task of starting, raising, and surviving a family; innovative parenting strategies that have produced hilariously disastrous results.
Tara Haelle, coauthor of The Informed Parent.
Topic: The science of parenting in your child’s first four years.
Issues: The importance of looking at the science before acting on advice you get from a friend (or the Internet); the truth about soft cheese, cat poop, alcohol, vaccines, SIDS, bed sharing, pacifiers, and much more.
Michelle Maidenberg, author of Free Your Child from Overeating.
Topic: Mind-body strategies for lifelong health.
Issues: Identify triggers, cravings, and self-sabotaging patterns; defining your child’s values and using them to find the motivation to change; setting realistic food and exercise goals; the role of thinking in nutrition; using mindfulness to help your child achieve his or her goals.
Asha Dornfest, author of Parent Hacks.
Topic: Genius shortcuts for life with kids.
Issues: The little-known advantages of cabbage leaves; using ankle weights to keep a stroller from tipping; hiding your valuables in a (clean) diaper; and more than 100 more real-world, field-tested strategies from parents.
Rupert Isaacson, author of The Long Ride Home.
Topic: The extraordinary journey of healing that changed a child’s life.
Issues: The remarkable story of a boy, a horse, overcoming autism, and a revolutionary approach that has changed the life of thousands of children and their family.
Catherine Price, author of Vitamania.
Topic: How vitamins revolutionized the way we think about food.
Issues: How vitamins were discovered and named; the surprising story of America’s blind devotion to vitamins at the expense of our health; why so much we “know” about vitamins is actually wrong; what vitamins actually do (and don’t do).
Chris Korneliss, author of Rocking Fatherhood.
Topic: The dad-to-be’s guide to staying cool.
Issues: Having a baby will change many things, but it doesn’t have to change everything. You don’t have to start a new life with a bigger house with no friends. You don’t have to be current on all the latest studies. Just be aware of your role as a father and a spouse, love your baby, and everything else will take care of itself.
Carol Stock Kranowitz, author of The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up.
Topic: Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder in the adolescent and young adult years.
Issues: What Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is and how common it is; growing out of SPD vs. coming up with workarounds; adults with SPD; helping educators better cope with SPD students.