Daily Schedule

Day One - Thursday October 22nd, 2020

Deepen Your Confidence in Your Own Ability to Parent and Lead Through Relationship, Not Strategy

Dr. Laura Markham

Why Peaceful Parenting is Important
(And How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting) 

Clinical Psychologist, Author, Founder of Aha! Parenting and Mom

You can find Dr. Laura Markham online at https://www.ahaparenting.com

Dr. Laura Markham is the author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How To Stop Yelling and Start Connecting, Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings, and now her latest book, The Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids Workbook. Dr. Laura earned her PhD in clinical psychology at Columbia University and has worked as a parenting coach with countless families across the world. Over 150,000 moms and dads enjoy Dr. Laura’s free weekly coaching posts via email. You can sign up on any page of her website, AhaParenting.com, which serves up Aha! Moments for parents of babies through teens. Dr. Laura’s aspiration is to change the world, one child at a time, by supporting parents. The proud mother of two thriving young adults who were raised with her peaceful parenting approach, she lives with her husband in New York.

In this interview we discuss:

Why being a peaceful parent doesn’t involve strategies or tactics
Why perspective is perhaps our most powerful parenting tool 
The role of mindfulness in parenting (and why it’s about more than meditation) 
What it means to reparent ourselves and why we need to heal our own wounds first 
Why connection is so important in the child-parent relationship and what happens when we’re disconnected 
The critical difference between coaching emotions and controlling behaviour 
Why conventional discipline doesn’t work (and what does)

Dr. Vanessa Lapointe

Why Attachment Matters
(And How to Parent Right from the Start)

Registered Psychologist, Author, Parent Educator and Mom

You can find Dr. Vanessa Lapointe online at www.drvanessalapointe.com

Dr. Vanessa Lapointe is an author, parenting expert, and registered psychologist who has been supporting families and children for more than fifteen years. Author of Discipline without Damage: How to get your kids to behave without messing them up and Parenting Right From The Start: Laying a Healthy Foundation in the Baby and Toddler years. Dr. Vanessa also runs the Discipline Without Damage Online Course (use code RAISEDGOOD to get 50% off). Dr. Vanessa’s passion is in walking alongside parents, teachers, care providers, and other big people to really see the world through the child’s eyes. She believes that if we can do this, we are beautifully positioned to grow up our children in the best possible way. As a mother to 2 growing children, Dr. Vanessa strives not only professionally, but also personally, to view the world through the child’s eyes.

In this interview we discuss:

The purpose of attachment and why it is so important for healthy mental and emotional development
Orchids and dandelions: the impact of our children’s different levels of sensitivity and what we need to know about it
What happens to our brains when we become parents, and why we’re wired as a social species to care for our young in the way that they need
The three critical factors that parents need to know so that we can work on not being triggered by our kids’ actions.
Why children are developmentally vulnerable without the foundation of attachment, and where the power to parent comes from
How to encourage true independence in our children rather than creating a facade of independent behaviour
The way positive discipline works and how traditional discipline damages
Why shyness is normal and healthy; how it’s a natural, inborn mechanism that’s evolved out of the perfection of our evolutionary history

Tracy Gillett

Parenting from Intuition and Connection
(Getting to Know “Raised Good”)

Founder of Raised Good, Gentle Parenting Advocate and Mum

You can find Tracy Gillett online at https://raisedgood.com

Tracy Gillett is the founder, writer and advocate behind the award-winning blog, Raised Good - a guide to natural parenting in the modern world. Written from Vancouver with millions of readers worldwide, she educates and inspires women to reclaim the wonder of motherhood and the joy of childhood by parenting without the shoulds, expectations, and white noise of society. A wife and boy mum, Tracy and her family enjoy traveling, being active and spending as much time exploring the outdoors as possible. Tracy is the author of The Lost Art of Natural Parenting and the host of the Raised Good Online Summit. 

In this interview we discuss:

Words of welcome: Tracy’s story and the evolution of Raised Good
The reality of adjusting our parenting expectations 
How to parent well from research versus life experience and intuition; the extent to which they all intersect
The parenting struggles we all face and how to stay centered despite them
The roles of simplicity and nature in a balanced family life
Self-care and maintaining an ongoing connection not only with our children, but also with ourselves
The reasons Raised Good exists today and where Tracy’s passion comes from
Encouragement for parents and caregivers as they move into the Summit

Bridgett Miller

What Young Children Need You to Know
(How to See Them So You Know What to do for Them)

Kindergarten Teacher, Author, Authorized Facilitator of the Neufeld Institute

You can find Bridgett Miller online at www.bridgettmiller.com

Bridgett Miller is a preschool and elementary teacher, remedial therapist, presenter and parent consultant. Bridgett is the author of What Young Children Need You to Know: How to see them so you know what to do for them. She is an Authorized Facilitator of the Neufeld Institute and the creator of Look with Love on Facebook and Instagram. Bridgett combines almost two decades of personal experience as a teacher and parent to support adults to nurture the children in their lives using their heads and their hearts. Born and raised in South Africa, she now resides with her husband and two daughters in Greater Vancouver, Canada.

In this interview we discuss:

How to nurture our kids using our heads as well as our hearts 
What our young children need us to know - how to see them so you know what to do for them 
Why parents are the experts on their own children 
Why who our children grow up to be isn’t completely up to us 
We all grow older but we don’t all grow up - how to help our children “grow up”
Why we need to stop trying to rush our kids towards independence
Why our children don’t come with manuals (and that’s a good thing!) 
Why one of the most powerful lessons we can learn is to stop taking our kids (and what they say and do) personally 
Why the way we respond to our kids has more to do with us than it does with them

Suzi Lula

The Need for Radical Self Care
(And the Irony of Why It Makes You a Less Selfish Mother)  

Spiritual Counselor, Teacher and Inspirational Speaker

You can find Suzi Lula online at https://suzilula.com

Suzi Lula is a visionary leader who is transforming the way people think about Self Care and Motherhood. She is the author of The Motherhood Evolution: How Thriving Mothers Raise Thriving Children. A much sought after spiritual counselor and inspirational speaker, she combines her innovative teaching over her 18 years in private practice with her training in spiritual psychology. Teaching mothers (and others) that they don’t need to martyr and sacrifice themselves for the sake of their children, but THRIVE for the sake of their children! Suzi is on a mission to see millions of mothers meditating. Suzi teaches that meditation is the heart of Self Care and the most potent technology for transforming ourselves, our relationship with our children and the planet!

In this interview we discuss:

Why “mom guilt” is universal, how we’re impacted by it and what to do about it 
Why we need to release ourselves from the fantasy of being “good” mothers and seek to become “fulfilled mothers”
Why not taking care of ourselves is actually narcissistic even though it feels completely counterintuitive
Suzi’s journey to prioritising self-care
Why - as mothers - we’re feeling disconnected from ourselves and how that impacts our connection with our kids and partners
What is means to thrive as a mother 
What true self care looks like and how to do it  
Why we need to prioritise being over doing - we need to let go of the need to be productive 

Heng Ou

Honouring the Postpartum Period
(Why The First Forty Days Transform Motherhood)

Founder of Motherbees, Author and Mother

You can find Heng Ou online at https://motherbees.com

Heng Ou is author of The First Forty Days, The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother and Awakening Fertility, The Essential Art of Preparing for Pregnancy and founder of MotherBees, a food and lifestyle company dedicated to nourishing a woman through conception, pregnancy, postpartum and beyond.

In this interview we discuss:

Why the postpartum period is so important in a woman’s journey into motherhood 
What traditional cultures can teach us about caring for new mothers
The importance of physical and emotional rest for new mothers 
How our approach to matrescence impacts maternal mental and emotional health 
Why we need to slow new motherhood down 

Day Two - Friday October 23rd, 2020

Become the parent your child needs; your whole self, your unapologetic authentic soul

Dr. Shefali Tsabary

Becoming a Conscious Parent
(And Why Parenting Has Nothing to Do With Our Kids)

Clinical Psychologist, International Speaker, Author and Wisdom Teacher

You can find Dr. Shefali Tsabury online at www.drshefali.com

Dr. Shefali is a world-renowned clinical psychologist, wisdom-teacher, best selling author and speaker. Oprah has endorsed her work as revolutionary and life-changing. Dr. Shefali’s ground-breaking approach to mindful living and parenting has taken her books The Conscious Parent, Out of Control and her latest The Awakened Family to the top of the NY Times best-sellers list. Dr. Shefali also runs multiple courses, including Conscious Parenting Strategies for Success With Kids Under 6 and 8 Weeks To an Awakened Family. Her blend of clinical psychology and eastern mindfulness sets her apart as a leader in the field of mindfulness psychology. Her message has the potential to change people’s lives for generations to come. As an international speaker, she speaks at events around the globe, spreading her message of conscious parenting and mindful living. She also has a private practice where she consults with families and couples.

In this interview we discuss:

What are conscious and unconscious parenting? 
What the “ego” is and the role it plays in our parenting 
Why traditional discipline doesn’t work, and what to do instead
Debunking some of the most powerful myths in parenting: the myths of the happy child and the successful child 
The role of fear in parenting and how to liberate ourselves from it 
How to consciously set limits with young kids 
What the “as is” of the present moment means in parenting and why it's so important 

Dr. Deborah MacNamara

Making Sense of Childhood
(So We Can Nurture Resilience and Be Our Child’s Best Bet) 

Clinical Counsellor, Author and Developmentalist at the Neufeld Institute

You can find Dr. Deborah MacNamara online at http://macnamara.ca

Dr. Deborah MacNamara is a Clinical Counsellor and Developmentalist, on Faculty at the Neufeld Institute and Director of Kid’s Best Bet, a counselling centre for families. She is author of the best selling book Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (or anyone who acts like one). Rest, Play, Grow makes sense of young children through developmental science and is what every child wished their adults understood about them. Her first children’s picture book, The Sorry Plane, is about respecting the feelings of children and supporting their emotional development. Deborah completed a two-year post doctoral internship with Dr. Gordon Neufeld. She is a dynamic teacher and experienced counsellor who makes developmental science come to life in the everyday context of home and classroom, including complex behavioural and learning problems. She resides in Vancouver British Columbia with her family and consciously works to create an attachment village for her children to grow up in.

In this interview we discuss:

Why play is the birthplace of personhood 
Why physical, psychological, and emotional rest, along with play, are critical to grow healthy, well-adjusted children
How growth and development unfold in childhood and what kids need to reach their full potential 
What happens when rest and play are missing in childhood 
The implications of discipline strategies on connection and well-being, and the tools we need to foster positive outcomes for our families
Why we are seeing a rise in anxiety, depression, aggression, and disengagement from learning and what parents can do about it

Jasmine Bradshaw

Speaking with Kids about Race
(So that We Can Foster Anti-Racism in Our Families)

Mother and Founder of First Name Basis

You can find Jasmine Bradshaw online at http://firstnamebasis.org

Jasmine Bradshaw is a researcher, educator, and podcaster who truly believes that creating a more loving, inclusive, and just society starts within the sacred walls of our homes. Her podcast, First Name Basis, exists to give parents the tools they need to teach their children about race, religion, and culture. She hopes her community makes parents feel empowered and gives them the confidence they need to create lasting change in their sphere of influence.

In this interview we discuss:

How to speak with our kids about racism
Why we need to be consciously antiracist: some of the ways that we as parents may unintentionally be predisposing our kids to taking on racist views (and how to change that)
What implicit bias is and how to rewire our brains to be antiracist
Three practical steps to start speaking with our kids about race 
Why the idea that we’re “colourblind” isn’t helpful and what to do instead

Devon Kuntzman

Normalising Toddler Tantrums
(Empowering You To Be the Parent Your Toddler Needs)

Toddler Parenting Expert & Founder, Transforming Toddlerhood

You can find Devon Kuntzman online at https://transformingtoddlerhood.com

Devon Kuntzman, ACC, is a toddler parenting coach and life design coach on a mission to transform the myth that toddlerhood is terrible. As an ICF certified coach, she empowers toddler parents to create calm from within and end power struggles by being the loving leader and guide so they experience confidence and joy in parenting. Creating a foundation based on positive parenting, connection and respect, parents learn how to overcome everyday challenges and keep their sanity as they discover the joy of parenting. Over the last 15 years, Devon has dedicated her life to working with hundreds of children and families across three continents as a coach, former nanny for some of the most high-profile families in the world and former co-director of an orphanage in Rwanda.

In this interview we discuss:

Why toddlers and toddlerhood are so misunderstood
Why toddlers are brilliant little humans who need us to learn how to celebrate their unique strengths
How to become an empowered parent who stays connected through the toddler years 
How to shift our perspective away from some of negative labels that are applied to the toddler years 
The developmental purpose of tantrums and how to navigate them as parents: how to consciously respond rather than unconsciously react
The common myths of toddlerhood
How to let go of the fear of what other people think 

Renee Jain

Anxiety in Kids
(How Parents Can Help Their Kids Transform anxiety into courage, confidence and resilience)

Founder of GoZen! and Certified Life Coach

You can find Renee Jain online at https://gozen.com

Renee Jain is the founder and Chief Storyteller at GoZen! Renee is also the author of Superpowered: Transform Anxiety into Courage, Confidence, and Resilience. Renee is a certified life coach, and holds a MA in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Renee is recognized as a pioneer in marrying technology and child psychology in a unique approach that nurtures the hearts and minds of kids. Through her writing, product invention and development, masterclasses for parents, and children’s advocacy, she works to build the emotional intelligence of kids, including resilience, empathy, kindness, and critical thinking. Tens of thousands of families and professionals testify to the unparalleled success of GoZen!'s programs. Originally a tech entrepreneur who’s suffered with her own anxiety, Renee founded GoZen! to help a new generation of kids, parents and therapists.

In this interview we discuss:

Renee’s personal experience of anxiety and why she started GoZen! 
What anxiety is and how we can recognise it in our young kids 
Why anxiety rates are on the rise and what we can do about it 
Some of the things we should never say to a child when they’re feeling anxious
How parents can help their kids transform anxiety into courage, confidence, and resilience,

Avital Schreiber-Levy

 Peaceful Partnership
(How To Parent Together, Even When You Disagree with Your Partner) 

Mindful Parenting Coach and Founder of The Parenting Junkie

You can find Avital Schreiber-Levy online at https://www.theparentingjunkie.com

Avital is a mindful parenting coach who helps intentional parents reframe their mindset to enjoy parenting. Founder of The Parenting Junkie, and a homeschooling mother of four, Avital helps you to inspire your kids to play independently. Trained in the Simplicity Parenting and Hand-in-Hand parenting disciplines, her work has been published in Huff Post, Motherly, MindValley and is endorsed by the leaders in the Parenting space, Dr. Shefali Tsabary and Dr. Laura Markham. Whether speaking on stage in California, holding retreats in Costa Rica, or sharing her thoughts on her weekly podcast The Parenting Junkie Show, Avital serves as a supportive, tough-love friend to parents across the globe. Avital’s inspirational and actionable mindful parenting videos have millions of views and she impacts the lives of families worldwide - through her courses, coaching and blog. 

In this interview we discuss:

Why it’s ok to to have common WHY’s in our parenting choices but different HOW’s
The biggest challenges to adult relationships after having kids
How to focus on connection and joy with our partners when we’re buried in exhaustion, cooking, housework, and taking care of kids 
Advice for parents who are trying to find their new normal with the pressure of parenthood
Practical suggestions for parents to find more quality time together
When we disagree with our partner on our parenting approach - how to drop our defences, productively disagree, realign with one another

Day Three - Saturday October 24th, 2020

Become curious and confident, and embrace your version of parenthood as you want it to be - not what you're told it should be.

Pinky McKay

 Honest Motherhood, Mindset and Breastfeeding (Learning How to Silence the White Noise and Trust Your Intuition)

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Author, Ted Talk Speaker

You can find Pinky McKay online at https://www.pinkymckay.com

Pinky McKay is Australia’s most recognised breastfeeding expert. She’s an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), and best-selling author of 4 titles including Parenting By Heart, Sleeping Like a Baby and Toddler Tactics, and Weaning With Love. Pinky specializes in gentle parenting styles that honour mothers’ natural instincts to respond to their babies. Pinky’s ‘get real’, no-nonsense approach, along with a blend of humour, sharp wit and wisdom, make her an expert source for national publications and major network TV. Her real-world experience stems from being the mother of five and grandmother of three. A sought after guest and keynote speaker at seminars for Health Professionals and parents, Pinky has spoken across Australia, New Zealand and the United states and has presented a popular Tedx talk, ‘Surrender is Not a Dirty Word’. 

In this interview we discuss:

Surrender is not a dirty word; what is surrender when it comes to motherhood and why it is so powerful
How to prepare for a successful breastfeeding relationship 
Pinky’s journey to breastfeeding her five children 
What bedsharing looks like in real life 
Gentle parenting through the toddler years 
Full-term breastfeeding: empowering mothers to follow their own path and why nursing beyond babyhood is normal 
Why breastfeeding to sleep is biologically normal (and helps new mothers get the sleep they need) 
Why we don’t need to stop breastfeeding so that partners (and others) can bond with the baby - and what partners can do instead to connect 
Advice mothers may be given by doctors or society that can sabotage milk supply 

Professor. James McKenna

The Science of Breastsleeping
(Helping Parents Make Safe Choices About Bed Sharing and Understanding SIDS) 

Professor at The Mother Baby Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame

You can find Professor James McKenna online at https://cosleeping.nd.edu

Professor James J. McKenna is recognized as the world’s leading authority on mother-infant cosleeping in relationship to breastfeeding and SIDS. In recognition of his work in 2009 he was admitted as a Fellow into the select body of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's most prestigious scientific society. Initially Professor McKenna specialized in studying the social behavior of monkeys and apes but following the birth of his son in 1978 he began to apply the principles of human behavioral evolution to the understanding of human infancy. At the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, Department of Neurology his research team pioneered the first studies of the physiology and behavior of mothers and infant sleeping together and apart, using physiological and behavioral recording devices. Professor McKenna has published over 139 refereed scientific articles in diverse medical and anthropological journals on co-sleeping, breastfeeding, evolutionary medicine and SIDS. Professor McKenna is the author of two books for parents: Sleeping With Your Baby: A Parents Guide To Co-sleeping and Safe Infant Sleep: Expert Answers to Your Cosleeping Questions. 

In this interview we discuss:

What “breastsleeping” means and why this new definition for an ancient practice is so important
What biologically normal infant sleep looks like
The relationship between SIDS and nighttime parenting choices 
Long-term mental and emotional outcomes for children who bedshare, including independence 
Why babies don’t need consolidated sleep for brain development 
The physiological impacts of shared sleep for both the baby and mother  
The relationship between breastfeeding and sleep 
Why the social construct of self-soothing is a myth 

Andrea Olson

Elimination Communication
(How to Ditch the Diapers and Encourage Earlier Potty Independence)

Founder of Go Diaper Free, Mum of five

You can find Andrea Olsen online at https://godiaperfree.com

Andrea Olson is the proud mama of five children - all ECed from birth, and all out of diapers by walking. Andrea is the owner of Go Diaper Free and Tiny Undies. She is also the author of Go Diaper Free: A Simple Handbook for Elimination Communication. When Andrea started Elimination Communication with her first baby, she struggled with how to actually potty her newborn - where were all the visual, simple instructions and were there any other parents doing EC? Since then, Andrea has made it super-simple for hundreds of thousands of parents worldwide to start EC with their own babies, as early as birth and has trained over three hundred coaches to host EC communities across the globe. At Tiny Undies she sells undies and potties for newborns and up. And she teaches new mamas with tiny babies and big dreams how to start a biz, while balancing all the things, over at MamaWorx. She lives in Asheville, NC, with her husband, kiddos, sweet kitty, and (at last count) 18 backyard chickens.

In this interview we discuss:

What elimination communication is and why babies are born ready to communicate their elimination needs 
Why we need to change our perspective on diapers (from toilets to safety nets) 
The current state of potty training; how and why that changed over the past 50 years
How disposable diapers changed the way we parent
The benefits of elimination communication for the baby, parent, and the planet 
Practical topics for getting started with EC - full time, part time, just for pees or just for poops 
How to approach EC at nighttime and why it may improve your baby’s sleep 

Greer Kirshenbaum, Ph.D.

Nurturing Neuroscience
(Why Nurturing Infant and Toddler Brain Development Matters) 

World’s First Neuroscientist Doula

You can find Greer Kirschenbaum online at https://www.nurtureneuro.com

Greer Kirshenbaum PhD is super excited to be the first Neuroscientist Doula and the first Neuroscientist Infant Sleep Educator. Greer’s company, Nurture Neuroscience, is on a mission to revolutionize the future of health. Greer wants families and perinatal practitioners to understand how early caregiving experience can boost mental wellness and diminish depression, anxiety, and addiction in adulthood by shaping babies’ brains through simple intuitive enriching experiences in pregnancy, birth and infancy. Greer works with families to support infant sleep, teaches courses, provides consultations in pregnancy and infancy and is a birth and postpartum doula. She is currently facilitating an Infant Sleep Educator course with Bebo Mia. Connect with Greer on Instagram where she shares incredible information and inspiration. 

In this interview we discuss:

The reality of current adult mental health in western countries
Why preventing mental unwellness, with nurture in early life, could be the treatment we’re looking for
The advantage of our babies having super flexible brains and what it means for parents
Why experiences in infancy and early childhood are so powerful for long-term mental health
The brain circuits that develop in the first 3 years of life
Understanding intergenerational trauma and how can we heal from it 
Nurture neuroscience: the four factors that influence a baby’s emotional system and lifelong mental health, and how we influence them 
How the different parts of the brain grows and what it means for our children’s development, along with their mental and emotional abilities at various ages 
What it means to have a balanced or unbalanced brain
How the experience of stress differ between adults and babies/young children 

Lyndsey Hookway

Feed, Sleep, Bond
(Why Gentle Nighttime Parenting Choices Matter)

Children's nurse, IBCLC, and Holistic Sleep Coach

You can find Lyndsey Hookway online at https://feedsleepbond.com

Lyndsey is an experienced paediatric nurse, children’s public health nurse, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Holistic Sleep Coach and birth trauma recovery practitioner. She has worked in hospitals, clinics, the community and within clients’ homes for 20 years, serving within the UK NHS, in private practice and voluntarily. The co-founder and clinical director of the Holistic Sleep Coaching program, Lyndsey regularly teaches internationally, as well as providing mentorship for newer sleep coaches and aspiring IBCLCs. She is passionate about responsive feeding, gentle parenting and promoting parental confidence and well-being. Lyndsey is a respected international speaker and teacher, as well as a published author, and she regularly speaks out against the dominant sleep training culture, as well as advocating for the rights of families to receive high-quality, compassionate and expert lactation and respectful, responsive parenting support. Her books include Holistic Sleep Coaching: Gentle Alternatives to Sleep Training for Health and Childcare Professionals and Let's talk about your new family's sleep. 

In this interview we discuss:

Why normal infant sleep has become more complicated than it needs to be
Why night waking is normal and healthy  
The history of sleep training and scheduled feedings 
Why parents do not need to leave their babies to cry to teach them to self-soothe
Why babies don’t need to be taught how to sleep 
Why breastfeeding to sleep is not a “bad” sleep association 

Nadine Richardson

Empowered Birth
(How to Have a Beautiful Birth - No Matter What Happens) 

Childbirth Educator, Doula, Prenatal Yoga Teacher

You can find Nadine Richardon online at https://shebirths.com

Nadine Richardson is a mother, yoga teacher, doula, speaker, creator and founder of the world’s only scientifically verified childbirth education program, She Births® and host of The She Births Show (Podcast and YouTube). Over the last 20 years Nadine has become an expert in childbirth, pregnancy and prenatal yoga. She is an inspiration to all parents, female entrepreneurs and those passionate about making birth better. She knows that together we can shift the cultural meme of birth from a medicalised traumatic event to something so much better. Nadine runs the She Births Online Course (use code raisedgood10 for a 10% discount). It is Nadine’s mission to take the fear out of childbirth and help couples continue the joy of pregnancy right through their labour and into early parenting. By helping women connect to, and trust their bodies while also equipping partners to not only provide effective support but become an active participant in the journey we shift the locus of control. 

In this interview we discuss:

Why it is important for women to feel empowered through their birth  
How birth agency help you parent once your baby is born 
The hormonal chemistry of birth 
The history of the medicalisation of birth and why we need to take charge to reduce potentially unnecessary medical interventions  
The importance of making sense of our birth stories and how to share that with others 
The changing roles of partners in recent times and education that’s needed to empower them

Day Four - Sunday October 25th, 2020

Your invitation to challenge the paradigm of modern parenting to one of joyful curiosity, humility, adventure, simplicity, and wonder.

Tracy Cassels, Ph.D.

Orchid or a Dandelion?
(What Parents of Highly Sensitive Children Need to Know) 

Developmental Psychologist, Director of Evolutionary Parenting

You can find Tracy Cassels online at http://evolutionaryparenting.com

Tracy Cassels, PhD is the director of Evolutionary Parenting, a resource she founded in 2011 after the birth of her daughter Maddy. It began whilst she was in graduate school and has continued and grown as she completed her PhD and moved towards more direct work with parents and families. She has a B.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, also from the University of British Columbia. The focus of her dissertation work was on empathy and theory of mind in young children. Tracy runs multiple courses including Raising Orchids (A course on Highly Sensitive Children) and Sharing Control (A course on Gentle Discipline). She also offers parent consults. Tracy serves as an Adviser to the Children’s Health & Human Rights Partnership, a non-profit agency dedicated to ending routine infant circumcision. She has previously worked in the non-profit sector in agencies focused on education and/or social and emotional development.

In this interview we discuss:

Defining what an orchid or highly sensitive child is and why it's so important
The differences between “orchid” and “dandelion” children (and adults) 
How orchid children experience and move through the world differently compared to neurotypical kids 
Why being an orchid child isn’t a disorder 
The strengths and weaknesses of orchid children 
What parents need to know about raising orchid children 
Neuroscience: how the stress response is experienced differently for an orchid child as opposed to a dandelion child 
How to help our orchid children (and us as their parents) navigate challenging social situations 
Why BIG emotions may be BIGGER for orchid children 
The approach we need to take regarding discipline for orchid children
How to protect our orchid children and also raise them to be resilient in a world that isn’t always sensitive

Debbie Reber

Understanding Neurodiversity
(How to Raise a Differently Wired Child in a Conventional World)

Founder of TiLT Parenting

You can find Debbie Reber online at https://tiltparenting.com

Debbie Reber, MA, is a parenting activist, New York Times bestselling author, podcast host, and speaker who moved her career in a more personal direction in 2016 when she founded TiLT Parenting, a top resource for parents like her who are raising differently wired children. Debbie is a certified Positive Discipline trainer and a regular contributor to Psychology Today. Debbie’s newest book is Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World. In November 2018, she spoke at TEDxAmsterdam, delivering a talk entitled Why the Future Will Be Differently Wired. Prior to launching TiLT, Debbie spent more than fifteen years writing inspiring books for women and teens. In doing so, she built a successful brand as a teen authority, was frequently interviewed and spoke about issues like media literacy, self-esteem, and confidence, and consulted for clients including the Girl Scouts, the Disney Channel, McGraw Hill, and Kaplan.

In this interview we discuss:

What it means to be “differently wired”; support for families with neurodifferences, including sensory processing issues, anxiety, learning differences, autism, high sensitivity and giftedness
The strengths of neurodiverse children 
How common neurodiversity is  
Why the environment is central to whether a neurodiverse child thrives 
Practical strategies, “tilts” and tips for parents of neurodiverse kids 
Why our children don’t need to be “fixed” 
The unique challenges parents of neurodiverse kids face and how we need to care for ourselves, too
Why the traditional educational model is more challenging for neurodiverse children

Angela Hanscom

The Real Reason Kids Fidget
(And the Therapeutic Benefits of Movement and Nature) 

Pediatric Occupational Therapist and Founder of Timbernook

You can find Angela Hanscom online at https://www.timbernook.com

Angela Hanscom is a pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook—an award-winning developmental and nature-based program that has gained international popularity. Angela holds a master’s degree in occupational therapy and an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology (the study of movement) with a concentration in health fitness. She specializes in vestibular (balance) treatment and sensory integration. She is also the author of the book, Balanced & Barefoot, How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children, which discusses the effects of restricted movement and lack of outdoor playtime on overall sensory development in children. Angela has also been a frequent contributor to The Washington Post, and was featured on the NPR education blog, Children & Nature Network, Edutopia, and Johnson & Johnson TEDx Talks.

In this interview we discuss:

The impact of the decline of free nature play and the rise of sensory issues 
The real reason children fidget and what we can do about it
The importance of the vestibular system and why a lack of movement in childhood is affecting its development 
How unrestricted outdoor play makes for strong, confident, and capable children
How movement can help kids regulate their emotions
How culture has changed childhood since the 1980’s and the impact on children developing motor and sensory issues 
How the healthy development of the senses impact our kids’ ability to learn
What caregivers need to know about the basics of neuroscience and why the brain needs movement and play to develop in a healthy way
Practical ideas to help parents get kids moving outside more 

Maggie Dent

Raising Boys
(Why Boys Are Different and How to Raise them to be Resilient and Balanced)

Author, Educator, Parenting and Resilience Specialist

You can find Maggie Dent online at https://www.maggiedent.com

Commonly known as the ‘queen of common sense’, Maggie Dent has become one of Australia's favourite parenting authors and educators, with a particular interest in the early years, adolescence and resilience. Maggie’s experience includes teaching, counselling, and working in the palliative care/funeral services and suicide prevention. Maggie is an advocate for the healthy, common-sense raising of children in order to strengthen families and communities. She is a passionate, positive voice for children of all ages. Now an in-demand writer and speaker, Maggie is a regular contributor to Fairfax’s Essential Kids website and she can often be heard on commercial and ABC radio around the country including Nova 937. She also appears regularly on national TV programs. Maggie is the host of the ABC podcast Parental As Anything. Maggie is the author of six major books, including the 2020 release From Boys to Men, Guiding Our Teen Boys to Grow into Happy, Healthy Men plus the bestselling Mothering Our Boys, A Guide For Mums of Sons, and Saving Our Children from Our Chaotic World, Real Kids in an Unreal World, 9 Things: A back-to-basics guide to calm, common-sense, connected parenting Birth-8, Nurturing Our Children’s Hearts & Souls and Saving Our Adolescents which can be found here

In this interview we discuss:

How to uniquely understand boys in ways that challenge stereotypes
How to raise boys in ways that build connection, resilience, and trust
How some of the differences between genders play out in our day-to-day lives
The magic number of instructions boys can manage at one time
The impact of school on boys and ways we can manage it
How the parenting approaches we choose can affect our boys’ long-term outcomes 

Brooke Froelich

Adventure Parenting
(How to Get Our Kids Outside and Why Nature Helps Mothers Thrive) 

Adventure Mom and Cofounder of Wild Kind Inc

You can find Brooke online at https://www.brookefroelich.com

Before she became a mama, Brooke worked in human genetic research while chasing powder lines in the backcountry and tackled crag projects on the side. But then she had her son (and then her daughter!) and the adventure really began. Now, Brooke lives in Colorado where she uses social media to help families get outside. Not only does she teach clinics and organize group events, but she creates content along the way, too. In summer of 2020, Brooke Co-Founded WildKind, a membership community that educates and enables families to get outside and find their wild. Between chasing her kiddos on skis and investigating toads in the meadows, Brooke swears she is a better mother when they live life outside.

In this interview we discuss:

Why getting outside with our kids is so important 
Why getting into nature and beyond our own comfort zones makes us better parents 
How getting outside has impacted Brooke’s mental health as a mama (and mine too!)  
How time outside, being active, and more present positively impacts kids
How getting outside as mothers can set a strong example for our little boys (and girls) that women are strong and just as capable of doing anything a man can do 
Practical ideas and tips to help parents get outside more with their kids
The basics for packing for a hike with young kids 
Essential pieces of clothing that come on every adventure Brooke has with her kids 
Tips for camping with young children

Jessica Donovan

Nourishing Healthy Kids
(Preventing Deficiencies and Raising Thriving Children)

Pediatric Naturopath and Founder of Natural Superkids

You can find Jessica Donovan online at www.naturalsuperkids.com

Jessica Donovan is a mama of two and naturopath who helps mums raise super kids with healthy food and natural medicines. She is passionate about educating parents on nourishing their children with real food, helping to boost their health and heal naturally. Jessica combines her extensive naturopathic knowledge with a realistic, empathetic, inspiring and down to earth approach to empower women to take charge of the wellbeing of their families.

In this interview we discuss:

How nutrition can help with managing emotional regulation and meltdowns 
The key nutrient deficiencies in young kids that parents need to know about
How simplifying childhood can positively impact our kids’ physical health  
Why #1 nutrient deficiency that can impact mental health and our kids’ ability to learn
Sugar - why it’s critical to reduce (or eliminate) it in our kids’ diet and practical tips to get started 
How to help our picky eaters eat a more varied diet 
Why the microbiome is so important and how to support it
Why you’re the decision maker when it comes to your child’s health - not your doctor
The nutritional benefits of breastfeeding beyond infancy 

Day Five - Monday October 26th, 2020

Join the conversation as together, we learn and unlearn, acknowledge life’s complexities and fight for childhood's simplicities.

Rachel Rainbolt

Natural Homeschooling
(How Children Learn and Reclaiming Wonder in Education)

Sage Family Coach, Writer, and Podcaster

You can find Rachel Rainbolt online at https://rachelrainbolt.com

Rachel Rainbolt is the Sage Family coach, writer, podcaster, and advocate for gentle parenting, natural homeschooling, and simple living, with an M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy and decades of experience guiding tens of thousands of families from stuck and stressed to peaceful and confident through her Sage Family podcast, books, classes, and coaching, which can be found here. She works from the Pacific Northwest, where she lives wild and free in connection with her 3 wildlings and the papa bear in their fixer-upper on the beach.

In this interview we discuss:

How to live an integrated family life so that the whole family thrives in connection 
How to be the parents we want to be rather than what society expects 
What natural learning is and isn’t 
Practical advice for day-to-day homeschooling and unschooling
Emotional support to help parents considering homeschooling
How mandatory schooling began and the reason why schools want children to read “early”
How to normalise an unconventional path and empower parents to follow their children’s leads, and trust the process as it unfolds
How homeschooling encourages true socialisation 
Why it's important to understand how to feel guilt rather than getting lost in shame as parents 
How to deal with judgment as a gentle parent

Kim John Payne

Simplifying Childhood
(Why Simplicity Can Protect Our Kids’ Mental and Emotional Health)

Family Counselor, Author, Researcher and Educator

You can find Kim John Payne online at www.simplicityparenting.com.

Kim John Payne is​ ​a consultant and trainer to over 230 U.S. independent and public schools. He has been a school counselor, adult educator, consultant, researcher, educator and a private family counselor for twenty seven years. He is the best-selling author of Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kids. He is also the Director of the Simplicity Project a multi media social network that explores what really connects and disconnects us to ourselves and to the world. He regularly gives keynote addresses at international conferences for educators, parents, and therapists and runs workshops and trainings around the world. In each role, he has been helping children, adolescents and families explore issues such as social difficulties with siblings and classmates, attention and behavioral issues at home and school, emotional issues such as defiance, aggression, addiction and self-esteem and the vital role living a balanced simple life brings. 

In this interview we discuss:

Why we need to simplify our children’s lives in order to protect their mental and emotional health 
Why personality quirks combined with cumulative stress can become problematic (and how to prevent it)  
What an “emotional fever” is and how to help our kids recover from it
The impact of busyness and overscheduling on our kids’ nervous systems
What can happen when our kids have too much screen time
How to transform boredom into creativity 
Why simplicity is a message of hope, and how it can empower parents to design their own family life 
How rhythms and simplicity can enhance the parent-child relationship while also truly enhancing our children’s development  

Suzanne Tucker

How to Nurture Children’s Mental Health
(And Why It’s More Important Than Their Grades)

Physical Therapist, Parent Educator and Mom of Four

You can find Suzanne Tucker online at https://genmindful.com

Suzanne Tucker, Founder, Generation Mindful has been a physical therapist, and parent educator since 1992. Suzanne founded Brentwood Center of Health, a holistic outpatient rehabilitation center in 2002 with her husband and has been teaching mindful parenting classes, including infant massage, for over two decades. In 2016, after a parent in one of her classes asked for help finding more practical ways to incorporate positive parenting into her busy life, Suzanne was inspired to found Generation Mindful, a mission-driven company creating educational products that connect the generations and build emotional intelligence playfully. Suzanne is the creator of the Time In Toolkit and the Online Positive Parenting Course. Generation Mindful creates evidence-based, affirming tools for children, parents, educators, and therapists and is on a mission to end punitive child-rearing practices around the world. 

In this interview we discuss:

How we can nurture children’s mental health and why it’s more important than their grades
The difference between emotional intelligence (EQ) and intellectual intelligence (IQ)
What social and emotional learning (SEL) is and why it is so important for our kids’ mental health 
How to avoid many of the mental health issues that begin in childhood; what we need to know so we can provide the conditions that allow our kids to thrive mentally
How shame and other emotional challenges can teach us and become gifts 
Habits, rituals, and boundaries we can use in our families to promote well-being
What a play-based, child-led approach to parenting looks like 
Why we need to take a strength-based approach to raising children 

Peter Gray, Ph.D.

Self-Directed Learning and Play
(How to Raise Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life)

Research Professor, Author

Peter Gray, Ph.D., is a developmental and evolutionary psychologist with a special interest in play, self-directed learning and child development. Peter was a research professor at Boston College for many years and is the author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life. He has conducted and published research in comparative, evolutionary, developmental, and educational psychology. He did his undergraduate study at Columbia University and earned a Ph.D. in biological sciences at Rockefeller University. His current research and writing focus primarily on children's natural ways of learning and the life-long value of play. He is president of the non-profit Alliance for Self-Directed Education and a founding board member of the non-profit Let Grow. His own play includes not only his research and writing, but also long-distance bicycling, kayaking, back-woods skiing, and vegetable gardening. 

In this interview we discuss:

What children learn when they have more freedom
Why we need to stop solving our kids’ problems 
How children develop an internal locus of control and why it’s so important
Why test scores don’t assess true learning
The purpose of and types of play and what children learn from them 
How children naturally learn to read and do math (without needing to push them)
Why self-directed learners can be so successful at college/university
Why conventional school is training children to seek rewards rather than promoting and allowing for genuine curiosity and learning 
Why a loss of freedom in childhood is contributing to anxiety and depression
How the rate of depression and suicide in school aged children has changed compared to the 1950s

Sarah R. Moore

The Power of Playful Parenting
(And Why It Makes Parenting Easier) 

Parent Coach and Writer and Founder of Dandelion Seeds Positive Parenting

You can find Sarah R. Moore online at https://dandelion-seeds.com

Sarah R. Moore, founder of Dandelion Seeds Positive Parenting, is an internationally published writer and educator, playful mom and graduate of improvisational comedy school, and parent coach for adults who want to build connection-based relationships with their children. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. Her glass is half full.

In this interview we discuss:

How playful parenting makes our jobs as parents easier
What happens in our children’s brains when we parent in their “language”
Specific playful parenting strategies for common sticking points - turning typical sources of conflict into opportunities for connection
When it makes sense to use playful parenting - and when it’s better to avoid it
Empathy and the importance of seeing our children’s perspectives
How to honour consent in our interactions with our kids; the importance of letting children govern their own bodies
Ideas to help parents who aren’t naturally playful, or for whom it feels out of character
What to do when it doesn’t seem to work 

Simone Davies

Montessori and Positive Parenting
(Applying Montessori Principles to Raise Curious And Responsible Human Beings)

Montessori Teacher, Author and Mum of Two

You can find Simone Davies online at https://www.themontessorinotebook.com

Simone Davies is the author of The Montessori Toddler book and popular blog The Montessori Notebook, host of The Montessori Notebook podcast, and currently runs parent-child Montessori classes in Amsterdam at her school Jacaranda Tree Montessori. She is also a mother to two young adults. Finding Montessori helped her so much when raising her own children and it’s now her passion to help other parents introduce these ideas in their homes too.

In this interview we discuss:

The Montessori approach to education and family life 
Why Montessori and respectful parenting blend so well together
How Montessori can help parents with day-to-day challenges raising children 
Why children need boundaries (and why it’s normal for them to push back against them) 
How the concepts of “freedom within limits” and “independence through responsibility” honour the child and help us meet them where they are 
Why we need to give children the opportunity to do “chores” from a young age 
Practical tips to get started with blending some Montessori practices into home life 
Why perspective is one of our most powerful parenting tools 
A Montessori approach to teenagers 
The four planes of development (from birth until 24 years of age) and how an understanding of it impacts our parenting approach

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