Judith Joy, author of Surviving Your Teenager and Being Happy Anyway.
Topic: Is it possible to be happy and still have a teenager?
Issues: Beliefs we tell ourselves; the difference between questions and affirmations; taking responsibility for everything in your life; the mind is powerful but feelings are even more so; we learning to make decisions and choices.
Hunter Maats, coauthor of The Straight-A Conspiracy.
Topic: Why everything you know about genius and intelligence is wrong.
Issues: The truth behind the lie that genius is born, not developed; understanding how the brain works; the connection between emotion and academic performance; the Betty Crocker approach to learning; taking the mystery out of reading; navigating your test prep like a London cabbie; go cyborg on your mistakes.
Nicola Lathey, coauthor of Small Talk.
Topic: How to develop your child’s language skills from birth to age four.
Issues: Why the babbling stage is so important; How to encourage your baby’s first words; Communication techniques to calm your toddler’s tantrums; the truth about pacifiers, baby signing, and the impact of TV on language development; language acquisition in bi-lingual homes; causes for concern and where to turn for help.
Janell Burley Hoffman, author of iRules.
Topic: What every tech-healthy family needs to know about selfies, sexting, gaming, and growing up.
Issues: Having the tech talk (for big kids and little ones); learning to use the tech your child is engaged in; passwords, peers, and how to avoid being a creeper; sleep, kids, and devices; maintaining manners and rules away from home; how to create your own iRules contract.
Rona Renner, RN., author of Is that Me Yelling?
Topic: Getting your kids to cooperate without losing your cool.
Issues: becoming aware of yourself; understanding everyday triggers; adapting your parenting style to your child’s temperament; dealing with the yeller in your family; dealing with difficult situations, disorders, and differences.
Paul Offit, author of Do You Believe in Magic?
Topic: The sense and nonsense of alternative medicine.
Issues: What is “alternative medicine”?; megavitamins actually increase the risk of some cancers and heart disease (something well known to scientists but not to the general public); celebrity spokespeople (Like Jenny McCarthy and her anti-vaccine campaign) who have no medical background and are doing more damage than good; alternative medicine treatments that actually work.
Eric Franklin, author of Peanut Butter Principles.
Topic: Leadership lessons every parent should teach his or her kids
Issues: Building the internal skill set of self-confidence, self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-control; the importance of setting, pursuing, and achieving goals; fundamental wisdom that will smooth out the bumpy journey; learning how to interact with and impact others in a positive way; gaining the wisdom and ability to improve decision-making.
Ronald Levant, author of Masculinity Reconstructed and editor of Psychology of Men and Masculinity.
Topic: The changing definition and expectations of fatherhood at work, in relationships, and in family life.
Issues: How has fatherhood changed over the past 30-40 years? The many “new” types of fathers: single, never married same sex, stay-at-home; how fathers impact their children; how has the father’s role in the family changed over the years?
Steve Biddulph, author of Raising Girls and Raising Boys.
Topics: How to help your daughter or son grow up to be happy, healthy, strong, and well-balanced.
Segment 1 (on girls): The five stages of girlhood and how to help them go smoothly; how to deal with bullying, mean girls, and social media; ways to ease the transition into the teen years; what you need to know about healthy body image, food, and eating disorders, the importance of girls’ friendships and how to support them.
Segment 2 (on boys): The three stages of boyhood and how to help them go smoothly; how testosterone changes behavior and what to do about it; how boys’ brain development differs from girls’; how to help boys cultivate a caring attitude about sex; the impact of competitive sports on boys, and how to ensure it stays positive; how to find boy-friendly schools.
Jennifer Senior, author of All Joy and No Fun.
Topic: The paradox of modern parenthood.
Issues: How children compromise the autonomy parents have grown accustomed to; how children affect parental decision making, division of labor, and can strain a marriage; the true fun in having children is just sitting back, being passive, and enjoying kids being themselves; much more.
Jonathan Catherman, author of The Manual to Manhood.
Topic: How to cook the perfect steak, change a tire, impress a girl, and 97 other survival skills for young men.
Issues: As a man in the making, you’ll need to know how to do stuff. You also need a strong moral character to back up your new abilities. Here are step-by-step instructions for just about everything you need to know.
Michelle Icard, author of Middle School Makeover.
Topic: Improving the way you and your child experience the middle school years.
Issues: Helping your kid through real middle school problems, including social media, questions about sex, mean girls (and boys), and fitting in, dealing with bullies, fashion, peer pressure, dating, independence, and more.