Karen Bonnell, author of The Co-Parents’ Handbook.
Topic: Raising well-adjusted, resilient, and resourceful kids in a two-home family
Issues: Building a mutually respectful co-parenting relationship; keeping children at the forefront while protecting them from adult conflict and concerns; helping children build resilience and competence in the face of family change; successful strategies and protocols for living in a two-home family.
Dale McGowan, author of In Faith and In Doubt.
Topic: How religious believers and nonbelievers can create strong marriages and loving families.
Issues: Negotiation tips to set the stage for harmonious relationships; dealing with pressure from extended family; helping kids make their own choices about religious identity; handling holidays, churchgoing, baptism, circumcision, religious literacy.
Carla Naumburg, author of Parenting in the Present Moment.
Topic: How to stay focused on what really matters.
Issues: What truly matters in parenting (connecting with our children, staying grounded amidst the craziness of life; and being as present as possible); using mindfulness to create a solid foundation for any style of parenting.
Bonny Forrest, author of Will My Kid Grow Out of It?
Topic: A child psychologist’s guide to understanding worrisome behavior.
Issues: Common concerns and possible diagnoses; even babies get the blues; does my child have autism spectrum disorder? Does my child have ADHD? Sad or clinically depressed? Eating disorders; when to get help and whom to turn to.
Jay Scott Fitter, author of Respect Your Children.
Topic: A practical guide to effective parenting.
Issues: Getting out of bad communication ruts with your kids; why giving advice rarely works—and what to do instead; best and worse ways to deal with negative behavior; how to help kids learn good values without lecturing; getting kids to do the right thing without punishing them.
Daniel Siegel, author of No-Drama Discipline.
Topic: Calming the chaos and nurturing your child’s developing mind.
Issues: how to identify your discipline philosophy; best ways to communicate the lessons you want to teach; facts on brain development and what kind of discipline is appropriate for each age; how to calmly and lovingly connect with a child—no matter how extreme the behavior; navigating your child through tantrums; discipline mistakes we all make.
Deborah Kahn, author of The Roads Taken.
Topic: Complex lives of employed and at-home mothers.
Issues: Is there an ideal work status? why do mothers change–or not change–their work status? can we really have it all? who gives us support? advantages and disadvantage of working or being at home; where do we go from here?
Louise Greenspan and Juliana Deardorff, co-authors of The New Puberty.
Topic: How to navigate early development in today’s girls.
Issues: Why girls are developing earlier and what it means for their long-term health; things that can trigger early puberty (excess body fat, hormone-mimicing chemicals, emotional stressors at home); strategies to help prevent and/or manage early puberty.
Mary Ostyn, author of Forever Mom.
Topic: What to expect when you’re adopting.
Issues: Navigating the difficult road to adopting a child; preparing your other children for new siblings; help babies, toddlers, and other children settle in; address misbehavior while remaining connected; dealing with cultural difference; nurturing your marriage throughout.
Ashley Wellington, author of Admissions Essay Boot Camp.
Topic: How to write your way into the elite college of your dreams.
Issues: Identifying your student “type”; brainstorming and other exercises; creating outlines and drafts; making your essay unique; how to handle tough topics; what topics to stay away from and why.