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Interviews with Parenting & Child Development Experts

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We’ve hand-selected some of the best parenting and child development experts in the industry to bring YOU helpful guidance for your parenting journey. These interviews are free for our subscribers. More are on the way!

Positive Parenting Expert

Dr. Ross Greene

Clinical Psychologist, Author, and Professor at Harvard & Virginia Tech,

In this interview, Dr. Ross Greene explains:

  • The difference between a meltdown and explosiveness
  • How parents can avoid “walking on eggshells” around their child
  • What relationship exists, if any, between explosiveness and anxiety or depression
  • How we can collaborate with our child for a stronger, more positive relationship
  • What’s happening when a child “escapes” emotionally after a big emotional expression
  • The style of parenting from which children benefit most
  • Addressing underlying needs rather than “solving” for behavior
  • Healthy and unhealthy ways to channel anger
  • How to work with children rather than against them

MEET THE EXPERT

Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and the originator of the innovative, evidence-based approach called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS), as described in his influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings. He also developed and executive produced the award-winning documentary film The Kids We Lose, released in 2018. Dr. Greene was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, and founded the non-profit Lives in the Balance in 2009. He is also adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech and adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Science at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Greene has worked with several thousand behaviorally challenging kids and their caregivers, and he and his colleagues have overseen implementation and evaluation of the CPS model in hundreds of schools, inpatient psychiatry units, and residential and juvenile detention facilities, with dramatic effect: significant reductions in recidivism, discipline referrals, detentions, suspensions, and use of restraint and seclusion. Dr. Greene lectures throughout the world and lives in Portland, Maine.

Janine Halloran

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

In this interview, Janine Halloran discusses:

  • Where childhood anxiety comes from
  • How to tell the difference between anxiety and a child’s natural cautious temperament
  • Why we need to manage our own anxiety around our children
  • The differences among healthy stress, unhealthy stress, and toxic stress
  • Tips we can use to help calm our kids’ nervous systems
  • Tools to help encourage neuroplasticity
  • How to discuss anxiety with kids

Watch her helpful and practical tips now.

MEET THE EXPERT

Janine Halloran is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has been working with children, teens, and their families for 20 years. She has been helping children and teens build their coping skills throughout her career in a variety of settings, including schools, mental health clinics and in her private practice. She is the author of the bestselling Coping Skills for Kids Workbook, and the host of the Calm & Connected podcast. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, Huffington Post, and The Skimm® Newsletter. Janine lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two children.

Positive Parenting Expert

Phyllis L. Fagell

School counselor, Therapist, Author, and Journalist

In this interview, Phyllis Fagell discusses:

  • How middle school differs from when we, as parents, were growing up
  • Brain science: what’s going on in a middle schooler’s brain?
  • The secret handshake to keep the lines of communication open
  • Why it’s developmentally healthy and normal for middle school-aged children to pull away
  • How we can help our kids make good decisions when they’re with their peers
  • How to address tricky topics like sex and sexuality
  • Why and how we should manage social media exposure
  • Self-esteem and resilience
  • How boys and girls naturally differ at this age
  • Where a middle schooler’s motivation comes from and what we can do to nurture it

MEET THE EXPERT

Phyllis L. Fagell, LCPC is the school counselor at Sheridan School in Washington, DC, a therapist who works with kids and families in private practice, and an author and journalist. She’s the author of “Middle School Matters” and a frequent contributor to the Washington Post. She also writes for Psychology TodayWorking MotherU.S. News & World Report and Your Teen, and her ideas have been shared in outlets including The New York TimesThe AtlanticThe New Yorker, Edutopia, Mindshift and NPR. Phyllis also is a columnist for AMLE and PDK, Intl. She lives in Bethesda, MD with her husband and three children.

Bethany Saltman

Author, Award-winning Editor, and Researcher

In this interview, author and researcher Bethany Saltman discusses

  • Where secure attachment comes from
  • The role of vulnerability and introspection in parenting
  • Her view on whether “attachment parenting” has anything to do with secure attachment
  • How our family or origin plays into our belief systems
  • The processing and healing of intergenerational patterns
  • The importance of leaning into, rather than backing away from, our discomfort around parenting

She also discusses what it means to delight in our children, and them in us — and what a critical shift this can be for our mutual well-being.

MEET THE EXPERT

Bethany Saltman is an author, award-winning editor, and researcher. Her work has been seen in magazines such as The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Parents, and many others. Her first book – Strange Situation: A Mother’s Journey Into the Science of Attachment – was published in April 2020 by Random House. Bethany also works as a best-selling book coach, a communications director, and an in-demand mindfulness mentor, consulting writers and entrepreneurs at all stages of their creative process. She helps her clients envision and execute projects, from book proposals to content development and messaging to Big Ideas, and more. In 1992, Bethany graduated from Antioch College, where she was one of the architects of the nation’s first Affirmative Consent Policy. She went on to receive her M.F.A in poetry from Brooklyn College in 1994, where she studied with Allen Ginsberg. In 2020, Antioch awarded Bethany the Rebecca Rice Award for Achievement in Profession. A longtime student of Zen, Bethany is devoted to the fine art and game-changing effects of paying attention. She lives in a small town in the Catskills with her family.

Positive Parenting Expert

Debbie Reber

New York Times Bestselling Author and Founder of TiLT Parenting

In this interview, Debbie Reber discusses:

  • How we know when our child is “differently wired”
  • How our understanding of differences has evolved
  • The vast array of what it means to be neurologically atypical
  • Support for the parent who’s feeling overwhelmed
  • How parents can move from a place of fear to trust
  • What self-care looks like for the parent of a child who’s differently wired
  • How to keep the relationship between parents strong
  • How to make home a “safe space” for a child; speaking a child’s “language”
  • How to talk to kids about their differences

This is another “must see” interview for any caregiver who’s raising a child who’s differently wired.

MEET THE EXPERT

Debbie Reber is a parenting activist, New York Times bestselling author, keynote speaker, and the founder of TiLT Parenting, a website, top podcast, and resource for parents who are raising differently wired children. Her newest book, Differently Wired: A Parent’s Guide to Raising an Atypical Child with Confidence and Hope, came out in June 2018. After living abroad in the Netherlands for five years, Debbie, her husband, and 16-year-old son recently moved back to New York City.

Positive Parenting Expert

Dr. Vanessa Lapointe

Author, Parenting Expert, and Registered Psychologist

In this video interview, Dr. Vanessa Lapointe discusses:

  • What developmentally normal and secure attachment looks like
  • Separation anxiety and its place in our children’s natural development
  • The roles of temperament and innate sensitivity
  • Whether a child can be “too attached”
  • How to avoid codependence and enmeshment
  • Tips to help our kids cope when we do need to spend time apart

Her warmth, wisdom, and humour come through clearly as she helps us understand how to best support our children.

MEET THE EXPERT

Dr. Vanessa Lapointe is an author, parenting expert, and registered psychologist (British Columbia #1856) 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, regularly invited media guest and contributor, educator and speaker, a Huffington Post Parent blogger, and a consultant to research projects and various organizations promoting emotional health and development, Dr. Vanessa is known for bringing a sense of nurturing understanding and humanity to all of her work. She presently works in private practice and has previous experience in a variety of settings, including the British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development and the school system. 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.

Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.

New York Times best-selling author

In this interview, Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. and Sarah R. Moore of Dandelion Seeds Positive Parenting discuss Tina’s incredible new book, as well as several game-changing topics for both new and experienced parents. They discuss

  • The differences between attachment science and attachment parenting
  • How to foster healthy, secure attachment in our children
  • Discipline and what it really means
  • Self-soothing vs. co-regulation
  • Whether our kids will remember their early life experiences

They cover these and other topics you won’t want to miss. You can watch the video in its entirety or as stand-alone sections. Either way, you’ll see why Tina is truly an expert in her field – while you feel supported, encouraged, and empowered to parent well.

MEET THE EXPERT

Tina is a psychotherapist and the Founder/Executive Director of The Center for Connection in Pasadena, California. An LCSW, she graduated from Baylor University and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, where her research explored attachment science, childrearing theory, and the emerging field of interpersonal neurobiology. Dr. Bryson has an unusual knack for taking research and theory from various fields of science, and offering it in a way that’s clear, realistic, humorous, and immediately helpful. Learn more here.

Laura Markham

Dr. Laura Markham

Founder of Aha! Parenting, Clinical Psychologist, and Best Selling Author

In this interview, Dr. Laura Markham, best selling author and founder of Aha! Parenting, discusses siblings with Dandelion Seeds Positive Parenting. She addresses all stages of the sibling relationship, including how to

  • Foster a strong sibling bond with the new baby before baby even arrives
  • Introduce the older sibling to the new arrival in a way that fosters connection rather than competition
  • Support our children’s big feelings as they work through living together
  • Avoid the “label trap” as our children’s personalities emerge
  • Minimize sibling rivalry
  • Stay peaceful even when we’re struggling to do so
  • Encourage our children to have a peaceful and lifelong relationship with each other, as well

Dr. Markham’s tips encourage and inspire us to be our best selves as parents, thereby creating a peaceful existence for our children.

MEET THE EXPERT

Dr. Laura Markham is the author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How To Stop Yelling and Start Connecting, Peaceful ParentHappy Siblings: How To Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life, and now her latest book, The Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids Workbook: Using mindfulness and connection to raise resilient, joyful children and rediscover your love of parenting.

Dr. Laura Markham 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.

Dr. Jamie Chaves & Dr. Ashley Taylor

The Why Behind Classroom Behaviors

Whether you’re a teacher in a traditional classroom or a parent leading your child’s education at home, you won’t want to miss this interview. Dr. Chaves & Dr. Taylor give practical tips about

  • Regulation and connection to enhance learning
  • How neurobiology affects the teacher-student dyad
  • Sensory differences and sensory preferences and their effects on both teachers and students
  • Multi-sensory integration and its benefits for learning
  • The effects of traditional behavior modification systems in the classroom — and what we should be doing instead

MEET THE EXPERTS

Jamie Chaves

OTD, OTR/L, SWC, pediatric occupational therapist

Jamie Chaves, OTD, OTR/L, SWC, is  pediatric occupational therapist with over 8 years of experience working with children who have sensory processing differences and learning differences. She receive…

Jamie Chaves, OTD, OTR/L, SWC, is  pediatric occupational therapist with over 8 years of experience working with children who have sensory processing differences and learning differences. She received bachelor’s degrees in health science and psychology from Bradley University, and a doctorate of occupational therapy from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Chaves is the division leader for the occupational therapy department at The Center for Connection in Pasadena, CA—a multidisciplinary clinic that provides an array of services rooted in the IPNB framework. She recognizes the importance of a play-based, relationship-based approach to therapy that is rooted in regulation.

She does contract work with various private schools in Pasadena, CA, particularly delivering teacher in-services and parent education on a variety of topics including promoting positive handwriting, sensory integration strategies in the classroom, how diet and sleep influence learning and regulation, and the impact of screen time on development and learning. Dr. Chaves lives in Pasadena, CA, with her husband and two young children.

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Ashley Taylor

Licensed clinical pediatric psychologist

Ashley Taylor is a licensed clinical pediatric psychologist with a practice in Pasadena, CA. She is endorsed in California as an infantfamily and early childhood mental health specialist. Dr. Taylor r…

Ashley Taylor is a licensed clinical pediatric psychologist with a practice in Pasadena, CA. She is endorsed in California as an infantfamily and early childhood mental health specialist. Dr. Taylor received bachelor’s degrees in psychology and Spanish from the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT, and attended the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA, for her graduate training. She has worked in Vermont, Massachusetts, and California supporting children, families, and educators for over fifteen years. She specializes in providing, comprehensive pediatric evaluations assessing for developmental delays, autism, trauma, ADHD, and learning disabilities.

She also provides parent–child dyadic mental health therapy as well as educator and parent trainings and workshops. She has provided evaluations and mental health services for the pediatric population across multiple settings, including intensive day-treatment programs, medical settings, schools, community mental health, and private practice. She believes in the power of building healthy relationships to build healthy brains! Dr. Taylor is also the mom to two fun and active boys who are always ready for the next big adventure!

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Sarah R. Moore

Sarah R. Moore

Sarah R. Moore is an internationally published writer and the founder of Dandelion Seeds Positive Parenting. You can follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram. She’s currently worldschooling her family. Her glass is half full.

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