Elly Taylor, author of Becoming Us.
Topic: Growing a family that thrives.
Issues: How to prepare for parenthood before actually becoming a parent; build a nest; managing expectations; knowing and understanding your family’s needs; expand your emotional intelligence; connecting and reconnecting with your partner through intimacy.
Alaina G. Levine, author of Networking for Nerds.
Topic: Find, access, and land hidden game-changing career opportunities everywhere
Issues: How and why we should connect with others; overcoming shyness (our own—and helping our kids overcome theirs, too); how to start—and end—conversations with others (and how to give our kids the skills to do the same).
Julie Wright, co-author of The Happy Sleeper.
Topic: A science-backed guide to helping your baby get a good night’s sleep
Issues: Babies already know how to sleep—parents don’t need to “train” them; how to be sensitive and nurturing, but also clear and structured so babies and young children can develop the skills to self-soothe, fall asleep independently, through the night, take healthy naps, develop natural sleep patterns for day and night.
Kenneth Ginsburg, author of Building Resilience in Children and Teens.
Topic: Giving kids roots and wings
Issues: The effects of stress and how to foster resilience; grit: the character trait that drives performance; building competence and confidence; the importance of connection, character, and contribution; coping with difficulties and taking care of oneself; increasing kids’ sense of control and independence.
Ken Keffer, co-author of The Truth About Nature.
Topic: Common myths about the great outdoors.
Issues: Do birds really sing because they’re happy? do bees really die after they sting you? to tornadoes always turn clockwise?; Do bulls always attack the color red? Many other myths and falsehoods.
Lynn Brunelle, author of Mama Gone Geek.
Topic: Using your inner science nerd to help navigate the ups and downs of parenthood.
Issues: Playing with fire; electricity from lemons; nose flutes and armpit farts; raising lice; creating homemade washable body paint; dancing paperclips; growing your own germs; yummy homemade deodorant.
Terry Vaughan, author of Not with My Daughter.
Topic: A dad’s guide to screening dates and boyfriends
Issues: Establishing rapport; recognizing behavioral signals and speech patterns that indicate what’s someone’s thinking; putting a prospective date at ease; earning your daughter’s trust; dealing with jerks.
Doug French, author, writer, blogger, speaker, entrepreneur.
Topic: The emergence of the dad blogger; conversations between brands and dads; giving back to others; dad2.0 summit (in San Francisco February 19-21, 2015).
Barbara Goldberg, author of The Evil Stepmother Speaks.
Topic: A guide for stepfamilies who want to love and laugh
Issues: Why doesn’t anyone in the stepfamily listen to me? Why doesn’t the biological parents see what I see? Why am I so frustrated? And many other questions stepmothers ask.
Jennifer Tyler Lee, author of The 52 New Foods Challenge.
Topic: A family cooking adventure for each week of the year.
Issues: Creative ways to get your children to eat healthy, balanced meals; practical tips to change the way your family eats—one new food at a time; bringing back the joy of mealtimes; exploring new foods and bust boredom at your family table.