Being a Happy Student + Are Teens Really Narcissistic

Paula Franzese, author of A Short & Happy Guide to Being a College Student
How to be your best self in school, at work, and in life
Issues: 10 reasons to be happy about school; guideposts to live by; how to assure success and significance in school; finding your career path, applying for jobs, and handling rejection; handling conflict or adversity; how to succeed in a class that’s boring.

Alfie Kohn, author of The Myth of the Spoiled Child
Challenging the conventional wisdom about children and parenting
Issues: Parents are accused of being permissive and overprotective, unwilling to set limits and afraid to let their kids fail. At the same time, young people are described as entitled and narcissistic. But there is no scientific evidence at all to support these claims.

Hofsas House + Carmel Food Tours + Thinking Teacher + Daniel’s Music

carmel food tour

hofsas house hotelKeri Tice, from Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel by the Sea, California

carmel food tourStaci Giovino, owner of Carmel Food Tours

Oliver Quinlan, author of The Thinking Teacher
How teaching educators to become better thinkers helps children become better thinkers too
Issues: Why the traditional teaching model of simply delivering a curriculum is completely inappropriate for the 21st Century; helping children become participants in the subject they’re learning rather than simply acquirers of information; how to develop yourself into a thinking teacher who will help nurture thinking children

Jerome Preisler, author of Daniel’s Music
One family’s journey from tragedy to empowerment through faith, medicine, and the healing power of music
Issues: An amazing story of survival against the odds; how Daniel Trush suffered multiple aneurisms, was in a coma for more than a month, endured multiple strokes, and was given slim to no chance of survival. But just a decade later, he completed the NY City marathon.

Supercommuters + An Extraordinary Story of Surrogacy

Megan Bearce, author of Super Commuter Couples.
Staying together when a job keeps you apart.
Issues: The super commuting phenomenon; who are supper commuters? coping with suspicions of infidelity; six steps to make super commuting work; three characteristics of a successful super commuting relationship.

Sara Connell, author of Bringing in Finn.
An extraordinary surrogacy story.
Issues: One woman’s story of the tragedy and heartbreak of infertility and losing pregnancies, and the process of opening her heart and mind to the idea of her 60-year old mother carrying her child for her.

Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World + Who Are Toddlers, Anyway

Tsh Oxenreider, author of Notes from a Blue Bike.
Topic: The art of living intentionally in a chaotic world.
Issues: The story of one family’s quest to live more simply, fully, and intentionally.

Tovah Klein, author of How Toddlers Thrive.
Topic: What parents can do for kids ages 2-5 to plant the seeds of lifelong success.
Issues: Who are toddlers? why they do the things they do; teaching self-regulation; why they pull you close, then push you away; the importance of learning to think like a toddler; solutions for common toddler issues like tantrums, toilet training; sleep; sharing, and playing.

How Much is Too Much + Deleting Cyberbullying

David Bredehoft, co-author of How Much is Too Much?
Topic: Raising responsible, likeable, respectful children in an age of overindulgence.
Issues: The three types of overindulgence (too much stuff, not enough boundaries, helping when it’s not needed); the damage that overindulgence causes; how parents can break their overindulgence habits; dealing with others (like grandparents) who overindulge.

Justin Patchin, co-author of Words Wound.
Topic: Delete cyberbullying and make kindness go viral.
Issues: What is cyberbullying and how common is it? bullying in person vs. online? the consequences of cyberbullying; what to do if you’re being cyberbullied; how to start standing up instead of standing by; building a culture of kindness.

Stop Taking and Start Giving + Healthy Twins + Ending Defiance

Kevin Salwen, coauthor of The Power of Half.
Topic: One family’s decision to stop taking and start giving.
Issues: Realizing how much each of us has; what can you give away? The importance of volunteering; starting a family conversation; tapping into anger; experiencing the lives of others.

Joan Friedman, author of Emotionally Healthy Twins.
A new philosophy for parenting two unique children.
Issues: Recognizing each twin as a unique individual; fostering each child’s separate friendships and activities; coping with the stress that comes with caring for two babies at the same time.

Alan Kazdin, author of The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child.
Topic: Parenting a defiant child without pills, therapy, or battles.
Issues: Why most of the parenting advice we get is guaranteed to fail; a research-based and proved approach that is guaranteed to work.

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