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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.