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Parent Footprint with Dr. Dan teaches us all how to make the world a more loving, accepting and compassionate place -- one parent and one child at a time. With over 20 years experience as a psychologist, author and father, host Dr. Dan Peters understands the key to raising happy and aware kids is for parents to seek the same joy and mindfulness in their own lives. Through diverse and timely discussions, aimed at any parental figure in a child's life, Dr. Dan helps caregivers parent with purpose while striving to be the best version of themselves.

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Parent Footprint with Dr. Dan Joins Exactly Right!
Introducing Parent Footprint with Dr. Dan, the newest podcast to join the Exactly Right network. Each week, Dr. Dan teaches us all how to make the world a more loving, accepting and compassionate place -- one parent and one child at a time. With over 20 years experience as a psychologist, author and father, host Dr. Dan Peters understands the key to raising happy and aware kids is for parents to seek the same joy and mindfulness in their own lives. Through diverse and timely discussions, aimed at any parental figure in a child's life, Dr. Dan helps caregivers parent with purpose while striving to be the best version of themselves. See for privacy information.
Jun 07, 2021
Ep. 114 Supporting Children’s Mental Health with Dr. A
Dr. Dan interviews Anjani Amladi, M.D. (“Dr. A”) about mental health, the impacts of COVID-19 on children and families, and the six ways parents can support their child’s mental health. Anjani Amladi, M.D.  is a double board-certified Adult Psychiatrist and Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist focusing on an integrative approach to patient care. Dr. Amladi has an extensive background in treating a wide variety of psychiatric disorders such as: ADHD, OCD, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, and eating disorders. She is also the author of the Amazon best-selling children’s picture book, When the World Got Sick, which helps children and caregivers talk about the impact of COVID-19 and how to navigate this stressful time. Dr. Amladi lives in Sacramento, CA with her husband (and many pets) and divides her time between group private practice and community mental health. For more information, please visit: See for privacy information.
Jun 03, 2021
Ep. 113 Unplug, Log-off, and Get Outside with Hans Aschim
In this new episode, Dr. Dan interviews adventure expert and author Hans Aschim. Hans is a journalist, world traveler, outdoor industry brand consultant, and proud uncle. He advocates for adventure -  in your own backyard or beyond - and powering down technology in order to get outside more. His debut book, HOW TO GO ANYWHERE (AND NOT GET LOST): A Guide to Navigation for Young Adventurers , will inspire children and parents to learn how to navigate their world while also enjoying the journey.  Hans has traveled the world writing for Outside, Esquire, Men’s Journal, and other publications. He mentors children for the sports and outdoors nonprofit, Stoked, and lives in Brooklyn, New York. For more information visit: See for privacy information.
May 20, 2021
Ep. 112 Stephanie Newman Barbarians at the PTA: Parenting, Psychology, Teens, and Screens with Stephanie Newman
Dr. Dan interviews Stephanie Newman, Ph.D., a psychoanalyst, psychologist, author and public speaker about mental health and her new book BARBARIANS AT THE PTA.  Stephanie has practiced in New York for over 25 years, treating adults, adolescents and families struggling with anxiety, depression, and more recently Covid-19 stress. In the spirit of Desperate Housewives meets Mean Girls, Stephanie’s novel ​BARBARIANS AT THE PTA​ uses fictional characters to explore the timely topics of  bullying, cliques, cyberbullying, anxiety, and eating disorders, among both teenagers and adults.  Stephanie earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Columbia University and a post-doctoral certificate in psychoanalysis from PANY (formerly NYU Institute). Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, on the Wall Street Journal’s website, and Psychology Today online.  Dr. Newman lives in New York with her family. See for privacy information.
May 06, 2021
Ep. 111 Helping Teens Connect with Jeni Olsen
Dr. Dan interviews Jeni Olsen, Founder and Executive Director of Teens Connect and the Prevention Director at Napa’s Center for Mental Health Services (CA) in this new episode.  Jeni’s work literally saves lives. After two Napa teenagers died by suicide in 2016, Jeni closed her graphic design business and founded Teens Connect with a mission to give middle and high schoolers tools to manage their stress, learn resilience, provide safe places and people with whom to connect, and give them a voice. Although she is not a therapist, Jeni helps teens and their parents by teaching them that the sooner good mental health habits start the better outcome. Jeni also touches on these issues in her raw and revealing Parent Footprint Moment at the end of the show. Jeni Olsen has received the Leadership Napa Valleyand been named a Senator Bill Dodd Community Champion. For more information visit: If you are in distress right now, call the NATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINE 1-800-273-8255 See for privacy information.
Apr 22, 2021
Ep. 110 Parenting Ourselves with Katie McDonald
Dr. Dan interviews self-care strategist, certified holistic health coach, raw food chef and founder of b.nourished Katie McDonald.  Katie encourages us to start thriving instead of simply surviving.  Dr. Dan and Katie discuss perfectionism, self-care, mindfulness, and self-worth. Katie McDonald’s corporate career and motherly duties occupied her every waking moment. She was depleted and depressed — suffering from asthma, allergies, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, pneumonia, shingles and lung infections.  The real threat of a compromised and shortened life span became all the inspiration Katie needed to transform her body-mind relationship. In 2011, Katie founded b.nourished: a fulfillment of her vision to transform other people’s lives, one mindful habit at a time. Katie trained at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City and she is also a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.  Katie’s Parent Footprint Moment poignantly concludes this episode. For more information about Katie, her work, and her b.nourished tools please visit: See for privacy information.
Apr 08, 2021
Ep. 109 Thrivers with Michele Borba
Dr. Dan interviews bestselling author and TODAY show contributor Michele Borba, Ed. D. to discuss her new book THRIVERS:The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine. Michele Borba, Ed. D., is the bestselling author of UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About Me World, and is an internationally renowned educational psychologist and an expert in parenting, bullying, and character development who has spoken to over one million participants on five continents. She is a regular NBC contributor who appears regularly on Today and has been featured as an expert on Dateline, The View, Dr. Phil, NBC Nightly News, Fox & Friends, Dr. Oz, and The Early Show, among many others.  As a teacher, educational consultant, and parent for 40 years, Dr. Borba has never been more worried for young people than she is about this current generation of kids.  THRIVERS helps parents and educators teach the essential character strengths kids need to become “thrivers”-- young people who flourish in a rapidly changing, digitally- driven, and uncertain world. Dr. Borba discovered seven essential character strengths that set Thrivers apart (and set them up for happiness and greater accomplishment later in life): Self-confidence, Empathy, Self-control, Integrity, Curiosity, Perseverance, and Optimism. Dr. Borba ends the interview with her incredible and powerful Parent Footprint Moment which will stay with listeners for a long time. Michele Borba lives in Palm Springs, California, with her husband, and she is the mother of three grown sons. For more information visit: See for privacy information.
Mar 25, 2021
Ep. 108 Fear, Facebook Mom Groups, and Kindness with Kristin Bair
Dr. Dan welcomes author and parent Kristin Bair to discuss her poignant, revealing, and popular essay published on Scary Mommy about Facebook Mom groups, kindness, empathy, bullying, and parenting in the digital age. Dr. Dan and Kristin also speak about fear and anxiety and her new novel AGATHA ARCH IS AFRAID OF EVERYTHING (named a best book by PEOPLE magazine). Kristin’s Scary Mommy essay Why Some Women Wield Exclusion Like A Superpower instantly resonates with all parents everywhere because it deals with Facebook Mom Groups, exclusion, bullying, kindness, friendship, empathy, mean girls, and more.         Today’s episode encourages parents and families to discuss how to be kind and why kindness matters more than ever.  Kristin shares a lovely Parent Footprint Moment about her daughter that will make listeners smile to wrap up the show. Kristin Bair is the author of the novel Agatha Arch Is Afraid of Everything as well as The Art of Floating and Thirsty plus numerous essays about China, adoption, parenting, and more. Her work has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Baltimore Review, The Manifest-Station, Scary Mommy, The Christian Science Monitor, Poets & Writers Magazine, Writer’s Digest, and more. Kristin has an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and a BA in English and journalism from Indiana University, Bloomington. Kristin is also a writing instructor and she has taught in classrooms and conferences around the globe, from Chicago to Boston to Shanghai, China, and many places in between. A native Pittsburgher, Kristin now lives north of Boston with her husband and two children.  For more information and to read her writing visit: See for privacy information.
Mar 11, 2021
Ep. 107 Family Finance with Benny Nachman
Dr. Dan speaks to Benjamin “Benny” Nachman, entrepreneur, Dad and cofounder of  Jassby, a mobile wallet for families. In this new episode, Dr. Dan and Benny discuss how to raise money-smart kids. Jassby is a free iOS app for both parents and kids to share real money digitally. Parents can manage chores, pay allowances, and send money to their kids when they need it. Children can spend their allowance and learn in real time. As the CEO of Jassby, Benjamin Nachman has always been a strong advocate for hands-on learning when it comes to his own kids' money management skills. When he faced the early years of giving his own children an allowance, he was inspired to start Jassby.   In this episode, Benny discusses topics with Dr. Dan including Finance/personal finance is not taught in schools so when and how should parents start talking to kids about money? Raising financially confident kids by training them to handle money and make spending decisions on their own. Today, our child's banking future is cashless, how can we train them to be ready for digital banking? Why concepts of saving, giving back, budgeting are the essential three keys parents must teach their kids because these are life skills Listeners will all learn from Benny’s very honest Parent Footprint Moment. For more information about Benny and Jassby visit See for privacy information.
Feb 25, 2021
Ep. 106 Moms Don’t Have Time To … with Zibby Owens
Dr. Dan welcomes author, popular podcast host, and parent Zibby Owens to discuss her new book Moms Don’t Have Time To : A Quarantine Anthology.   Zibby Owens is mom of four and the creator and host of the award-winning podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books, as well as her newly launched podcast “Moms Don’t Have Time to Lose Weight.” She is a regular contributor to ABC’s Good Morning America and her writing has appeared in The Washington Post,  Real Simple, Parents, Marie Claire, Redbook, the New York Times online, and many other publications. In this episode Dr. Dan and Zibby discuss the pandemic, podcasts, Zibby’s parenting journey during the COVID-19, and how, ultimately, we all have much more in common than we think we do. Zibby’s book (and podcast) features bestselling and award-winning authors (Chris Bohjalian, Sonali Dev, Gretchen Rubin, Jill Santopolo, Evangeline Lilly, Christina Geist, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Bill Dameron, John Kenney, Mary Laura Philpott, and Reema Zaman) and is divided into relatable sections: Read, Workout, Eat, Breathe, Have Sex.   The show ends with Zibby’s “Stay where your feet are” advice and her real and honest Parent Footprint Moment. Zibby Owens serves on the boards of the Mount Sinai Health System, the Mount Sinai Parenting Center, the Child Mind Institute, and co-chairs the Library Council of the New York Public Library. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School, Zibby currently lives in New York with her husband and her four children ages 5-13. For more information visit Zibby at:; @zibbyowens; @momsdonthavetimetoreadbooks; @momsdonthavetimetoloseweight See for privacy information.
Feb 11, 2021
Ep. 105  Unplugged Play with Bobbi Conner
Dr. Dan talks to author, journalist, and parenting expert Bobbi Conner about the power of play and unplugging from technology in the new episode of the Parent Footprint podcast.  Bobbi Conner created the award-winning, nationwide public radio series The Parents Journal and hosted the program for twenty-four years. She is author of The Giant Book of Creativity for Kids (Parents’ Choice Recommended Seal) and Everyday Opportunities for Extraordinary Parenting and the new series Unplugged Play.  Bobbi’s public radio program, audio interviews, books, and articles have been featured in USA Today, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Parade, Parents, Parenting, CBS This Morning, PBS, and more. In this inspiring (and playful!) episode, Bobbi joins Dr. Dan to talk about her three new, screen-free children’s activity books Unplugged Play: Toddler, Unplugged Play: Preschool, and Unplugged Play: Grade School. During the pandemic families have faced disruption in their young children’s lives in a significant way. In this episode, Dr. Dan interviews Bobbi Conner about various creative activities, games, and puzzles for children spanning the ages 1-10 years old. Each book in the Unplugged Play series offers a wealth of diverse and active games, from solo play to group play, indoor play to outdoor play, from parent and child play to birthday party games, and loads of busy-body play activities.  Bobbi’s advice and her books will help parents and children -- especially during the pandemic. Finding activities for kids that do not involve tablets or screens can bring joy and stress relief for the entire family: Build a fort Play tag Hike Ball or bean bag games (inside or outside as needed for safety) Question and answer guessing games Floor drawings on large paper sheets  Run around outside Dr. Dan and Bobbi end the show with Bobbi's Parent Footprint Moment and a call to action to all parents and kids: Shut off the screens, turn off the TV, and rediscover the power of play today! For more information on Bobbi, unplugging, and her books visit: See for privacy information.
Jan 28, 2021
Ep. 104 Making Social and Emotional Learning Stick with Elizabeth Sautter
Episode 104 Elizabeth Sautter Ep. 104 Making Social and Emotional Learning Stick with Elizabeth Sautter Dr. Dan welcomes back colleague, speech-language pathologist, author, and parenting expert Elizabeth Sautter for her second interview on the Parent Footprint podcast. Dr. Dan and Elizabeth discuss her current work, her new course and her new book MAKE SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING STICK! - Practical Activities to Help Your Child Manage Emotions, Navigate Social Situations & Reduce Anxiety. Elizabeth’s passion is to help children thrive socially and emotionally—without either kids or parents getting frustrated or overwhelmed. As a parent, she shares how she is also navigating challenges with her own children and her honesty will resonate with listeners. The Mom’s Choice Award winner, Make Social and Emotional Learning Stick! shows families how to manage their child’s emotions, increase positive behavior and social skills, reduce anxiety, and much more. Both the book and the related new course feature the *WISE model and the make social learning **STICK model. The WISE model-which stands for W-wisdom (knowing what is going on with your child with their strengths and areas of challenges) I-Intentional-being intentional with the support that you provide and being purposeful with parenting S-Self care/compassion and E-Every day strategies. This could lead into the daily teachable moments. How to make social learning STICK: S-see, T-Think, I-Interprete, C-Connect, K-Know In this encore episode, Dr. Dan and Elizabeth explain how our children learn the most from US, their parents and caregivers. They are always watching and observing and as parents we can find teachable moments to help our children deal with anxiety, to build social skills, to master emotional regulation, to learn empathy, and to build resilience. Elizabeth’s wise Parent Footprint moment wraps up this wonderful, educational episode. Elizabeth A. Sautter, MA, CCC is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist who has been working with clients and their families since 1996. She has worked with individuals ranging from preschoolers to adults in private practice, schools, and hospitals. Elizabeth has particular expertise in the areas of social communication, self-regulation, and executive functioning. She was the Clinical Director for the CW Center for 10 years and she has extensive training in Social Thinking and has completed a mentorship and internship with Michelle Garcia Winner, Stephanie Madrigal, and Pamela Crooke. She has also been trained by Mindful Schools and she is a collaborative Zones of Regulation® trainer and has co-authored articles and materials related to the Zones curriculum. Elizabeth is the author of MAKE SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING STICK! - Practical Activities to Help Your Child Manage Emotions, Navigate Social Situations & Reduce Anxiety (2nd edition) and co-authored two popular children’s books with Kristen Willson: Whole Body Listening Larry at Home and Whole Body Listening Larry at School. In her blog Make Social Learning Stick, she shares her own parenting and life experiences raising two boys, one with learning and attentional differences. Elizabeth is a member of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and is actively involved with the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA). Elizabeth received her master’s degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from San Jose State University. Her relationships with her sons, her sister, and extended family members with special needs have made her work a lifelong endeavor. For more information about Elizabeth, her work, and the new book please visit: Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Jan 14, 2021
Ep. 103 Terrific Toddlers Part II with Carol and Rhona
Dr. Dan welcomes back authors Carol Zeavin and Rhona Silverbush to discuss three new books in their popular Terrific Toddler series:  Potty!, New Baby!, Time to Go!as well as their ongoing work with parents and families. Dr. Dan is delighted to speak to experts Carol and Rhona again (they first appeared as guests on Episode 56) to give parents, educators and caregivers even more ways to help toddlers overcome their daily dramas and challenges.  Published by the American Psychological Association/Magination Press, the entire series will help families struggling with parenting during the toddler years. The lively and engaging co-authors explain to Dr. Dan and parents how they used groundbreaking research to craft age-appropriate stories that take into account the language level and comprehension level of a toddler.  Dr. Dan agrees these books will empower parents because they all include a “Note to Parents and Caregivers” that provides parents with important guidelines for navigating challenges and helping their toddlers understand their toddler world. Carol Zeavin earned her B.A. in music from UCLA and became a successful freelance orchestral violinist and chamber musician in New York City. She earned Masters degrees in Education and Special Education from Bank Street College and worked with infants and toddlers from 1992 to 2010. She was Headteacher at Rockefeller University’s Child and Family Center and Barnard’s Toddler Development Center, and worked as a Special Educator employed by Y.A.I. and Theracare. She continues to perform classical music in NYC and teaches violin and piano to kids and grownups of all ages and abilities. Rhona Silverbush puts her own eclectic background to good use by wearing many hats throughout the course of any given day. She studied psychology and theatre at Brandeis University and holds a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School. After practicing immigration law, primarily representing asylum seekers, she returned to her first loves, writing and theatre. Rhona is the co-author of Speak the Speech! Shakespeare’s Monologues Illuminated (Faber and Faber, 2002) and has taught theatre to all age groups from tots to adults, currently coaching actors in Shakespeare. She has taught at Columbia University Teachers College and wrote ‘wichcraft: craft a sandwich into a meal–and a meal into a sandwich with chefs Tom Colicchio and Sisha Ortuzar (Clarkson Potter, 2009). She is also a freelance writer and editor, a consultant for families of children and teens with learning differences and special needs, a tutor, and a smitten parent and step-parent. The three new books explain and explore these common topics:Time to Go! -- how to teach toddlers about having to stop what they're doing and transition to another activity Potty! -- reassures toddlers and parents alike that we all use the potty when we're ready New Baby! -- helps toddlers expecting a new sibling navigate this very major transition in their lives The show ends with each author answering the Parent Footprint Moment question and Dr. Dan’s invitation for the guests to return when they next publish new titles in the series. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Dec 31, 2020
Episode 102 - Teaching Your Kids About Money with Tony Walker
Episode 102 - Teaching Your Kids About Money with Tony Walker Dr. Dan welcomes Tony Walker, financial expert, author, and host of The WorryFree Retirement® to the podcast. Growing up as a lower middle-class kid of divorced parents during the 1960s, Tony Walker had little knowledge or hope of learning about money and how best to manage it. Yet, his unique life experiences, 35 years in the field of finance, and meeting in person with over 15,000 “Savers” formed a unique perspective about money and ways others can better use and enjoy it while they can. A fiduciary, six-time author (Don't Follow the Herd 7 Costly Mistakes People Make with Their Money and Live Well, Die Broke), podcast host, and host of his own television show, The WorryFree Retirement®, Tony teaches a new and positive perspective on money, savings, and retirement. In today’s episode Dr. Dan and Tony discuss: How to talk to your kids about finances and retirement from a young age to prepare them for life It is never too early to start saving  It is okay if your kids don't look at finances the same way you do Kids are always watching their parents - even with money In addition to teaching children about money, it is also important to let children come up with their own methods and beliefs A retirement vision is important It is never too late to save The one piece of advice all parents and families need to know now (Tony’s Parent Footprint moment) For more information about Tony Walker, his books, and his busy Tony Walker Financial please visit: Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Dec 17, 2020
Ep. 101 Catharsis, Hope, and Craigslist with Helena Dea Bala
In the newest episode of the Parent Footprint podcast, Dr. Dan welcomes author Helena Dea Bala to discuss her new book CRAIGSLIST CONFESSIONAL: A Collection of Secrets from Anonymous Strangers.  This episode is filled with heart and hope about the human experience. An Albanian immigrant, Helena Dea Bala came to the U.S. at twelve years old and spent her weekends helping her mother clean houses to make ends meet. She later graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The George Washington University, and also from its law school. Unfulfilled at her day job, she gave herself one year—one year to just listen. Five years in, is her full-time project. She has written for The Washington Post and Vogue.  Helena spent five years documenting people’s secrets through “Craigslist Confessional,” a personal project which became a Quartz column and the book CRAIGSLIST CONFESSIONAL: A Collection of Secrets from Anonymous Strangers.   Helena’s work challenges us to treat the strangers among us with empathy and respect.  She explains, “This experience has taught me about what it means to be human, about genuine connection. It has taught me how to listen to learn. Not to change. Not to fix. Not to respond. To learn. It brings me back to that quote by Socrates: ‘The more I know, the more I realize I know nothing.’ These stories really put things into perspective—they make you realize the futility of passing judgment, and the utility of empathy.” During today’s interview, Dr. Dan and Helena talk about moving and teachable moments in her life that listeners will immediately connect to including: Helena’s parents and their sacrifices to create a new life in America for the family The inspiration for Helena’s Craigslist Confessional series  The stories about parenthood in the book and which ones she will always remember Practicing empathy and compassion - both for yourself as well as others Helena’s very personal and honest essay about challenges in her own parenting journey The episode concludes with Helena’s sweet Parent Footprint moment about music and motherhood.  For more information about Helena and her book please visit: Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Dec 03, 2020
Ep. 100 The Bottom Line for Baby with Dr. Tina Payne Bryson
Happy 100th episode to the Parent Footprint podcast!   We have a very special guest for our 100th episode:  Dr. Dan welcomes back the only guest who has appeared on the Parent Footprint podcast three (!) times: bestselling author and parenting expert Dr. Tina Payne Bryson -- the perfect colleague to help Dr. Dan celebrate his 100-episode milestone. Today Dr. Dan and Dr. Bryson focus on her newest book The Bottom Line for Baby as well as the timely The Power of Showing Up (co-authored with Dan Siegel) and her pioneering work with brain-based parenting. Dr. Dan and Dr. Bryson tackle compelling topics including: Making sense of our own parenting history  Attachment in parenting (based on the “4 S” rules that kids feel Safe, Seen, Soothed, Secure) Why the parenting concept of “empowering yourself with knowledge” really is the key to all parenting (along with trusting yourself and showing up for your child) When parents practice awareness then they have a choice in how they parent in any moment (Dr. Bryon’s advice:  pay attention on purpose!) The importance of parents being a safe harbor instead of a storm for our kids Tina’s third inspiring Parent Footprint Moment  Tina Payne Bryson is a psychotherapist and the Founder/Executive Director of The Center for Connection, a multidisciplinary clinical practice, and of the Play Strong Institute, a center devoted to the study, research, and practice of play therapy through a neurodevelopmental lens.  In addition, Dr. Bryson keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for kids, parents, educators, clinicians, and industry leaders all over the world, and she makes frequent media appearances for media such as TIME, “Good Morning America,” Huffington Post,Redbook, The New York Times, and Real Simple.   Dr. Tina Payne Bryson is also co-author (with Dan Siegel) of The Yes Brain as well as two New York Times bestsellers -- The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline -- each of which has been translated into over forty languages.  Dr. Bryson is a graduate of Baylor University and earned her LCSW and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, where her research explored attachment science, child rearing theory, and the emerging field of interpersonal neurobiology.  Finally, Tina emphasizes that before she’s a parenting educator, or a researcher, she’s a mom.  She limits her clinical practice and speaking engagements so that she can spend time with her family.  Alongside her husband of 25 years, parenting her three boys is what makes her happiest. For more information visit: Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Nov 19, 2020
Ep. 99 College Student Health with Dr. Jill Grimes
Episode 99 Jill Grimes Ep. 99  College Student Health with Dr. Jill Grimes Parent Footprint podcast host Dr. Dan Peters welcomes Dr. Jill Grimes to today’s episode.  Dr. Grimes is the author of the new book, The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook: Your Guide for Everything from Hangovers to Homesickness and she offers valuable advice first, to students and second,to parents in this new episode. Jill Grimes, MD, FAAFP, is a nationally recognized medical media expert, award-winning author, medical editor, and Board-Certified Family Physician. Her passion is prevention, and her message spans print (Parenting Magazine, Glamour, etc.), online (, television and radio talk shows (Sirius XM Doctor Radio). After two decades of private practice, Dr. Grimes now enjoys seeing patients at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a proud mom to two awesome collegiate daughters. Academically, Dr. Grimes enjoys educating health care professionals by speaking at national AAFP, Pri-Med®, and Harvard Medical School conferences, and remains on clinical faculty at UMASS Medical School. Dr. Grimes’s book The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook serves as a guide to what students really want (or need) to know about their mental and physical health when they're away from home. The book covers topics such as: living in the close quarters of dormitories, feeling homesick, experiencing test anxiety, managing the stomach flu, and even how to nurse a hangover.  Dr. Dan and Dr. Jill discuss topics such as: The most essential topics college students need for autonomy (injuries, illness, anxieties)  COVID-19 precautions, scares, symptoms and more Tips for handling test anxiety (even virtual tests can bring a lot of anxiety with them) Items to pack in a first aid kit for college  Drinking, smoking/vaping, sex and more How can college students protect themselves from COVID-19 at school? And practical advice (immunization records, student id cards, and more)  Dr. Grimes believes that armed with quality information students will know when to seek medical help, how to describe their condition, what questions to ask, and what dorm-friendly tips and tricks might help before they are seen. The book is organized literally from head to toe and goes far beyond “Dr. Google” to provide the knowledge of evidence-based medicine every college student should know.  This informative episode wraps up with Dr. Grimes telling listeners about two Parent Footprint moments about her own parents that changed her. For more information about Dr. Grimes and her books go to: Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Nov 05, 2020
Ep. 98 How Kids (and Adults) Can Positively Change the World with Brian Ondrako
Dr. Dan welcomes author, podcast host, former golf expert, and entrepreneur Brian Ondrako to the podcast today.   Brian’s passion is teaching kids about entrepreneurship and self-discovery while making the world a better place. Brian also hosts the Just Get Started Podcast (Just Get Started Podcast) where he interviews entrepreneurs and founders and other influencers about their journey toward fulfillment and the lessons they learned along the way. After graduating from Methodist University with a degree in Business Administration, Brian became a member of the PGA of America and embarked on a journey of teaching golf, forming Ondrako Golf Instruction, and starting a coaching business in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Over the years he worked with players of all skill levels and ages and soon realized he wanted to impact the world in a different way.  Brian’s self-discovery journey (which he calls his “Renaissance Period”) brought him to his current work as an author and podcast host. Today Dr. Dan and Brian discuss self-discovery, overcoming fears, and how parents can choose how they want to parent.  Brian’s first children’s book “Luke’s 1st Round of Golf” is a moving story about his son and draws upon his experience as a Dad parenting a child with ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder. Then, later in the show, Brian shares an honest and inspiring Parent Footprint Moment about his son. Brian’s “North Star” for his Just Get Started Podcast is to impact future generations by helping them navigate life through the lens of curiosity, gratitude, and healthy living.  Today’s Parent Footprint podcast episode is a great lesson about how one individual can have a big impact on many. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Oct 22, 2020
Ep. 97 Helping Picky Eaters with Sarah Thomas
Dr. Dan Peters welcomes Sarah Thomas, the co-founder and Chief Imaginator for Kalamata’s Kitchen, a global franchise helping kids learn about cultures through adventures with food. She authored the Kalamata book series with renowned chefs (including Chef Eric Ripert), developed the Taste Bud Travel Guide, hosted live tasting events for kids across the U.S., and attracted celebrity ‘taste buds’ including Padma Lakshmi and Chrissy Tiegen. She recently launched a free Kitchen Exploration Passport to help keep kids adventuring in the kitchen during the pandemic.  Sarah spent her childhood surrounded by good food, books, and entertainment. In this episode, Sarah Thomas tells Dr. Dan “If you get kids to be more thoughtful about what they consume, they’ll naturally make better decisions as they get older, and that’s what all of us want for the next generation.”  Dr. Dan and Sarah discuss: Sarah’s story  Why food is the perfect tool to nurture curiosity and compassion in kids  How to help picky-eaters by creating authentic child-led experiences The Kalamata character (a little girl from India) and her pal Al Dente and how these characters inspire kids to discover cultures, food and build empathy in the process Sarah’s Parent Footprint Moment is about her first time reading her book to a class of young children and why she’ll never forget one child’s response to meeting Kalamata for the first time.  Sarah was most recently a sommelier in New York City at three-starred Michelin restaurant, La Bernardin. She holds a pre-med degree as well as literature and politics and a Master’s degree in English Renaissance literature.  For more information go to: Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Oct 08, 2020
Ep. 96 Words of Wisdom from a Former Bad Mother with Cecile David Weil
Dr. Dan welcomes Cécile David-Weill, French American author and parent, to Episode 96 to discuss her new book Parents Under the Influence: Words of Wisdom from a Former Bad Mother.  In her book (part memoir and part guide), Cécile David-Weill draws on her own parenting mistakes and successes as well as case studies and works of fiction to guide readers to become more effective, nurturing parents. This unique book offers both insight and remedy to those parents who are unknowingly under the influence of their own childhood experiences, and unwittingly repeating their parents’ mistakes while believing they are doing the right thing.  Dr. Dan and Cecile discuss many topics and thankfully for all listeners dispute the perfect parent myth. Dr. Dan and Cecile talk about parenting advice including:   How to talk through your own childhood and identify sources of trauma   How to spend time with your children in a way that’s enjoyable – and benefits everyone   The importance of getting rid of all preconceived notions of who your child will become   The importance of the silent relationship between mother and children   Why, despite the common thought, worrying is not a form of love   Why parents should be real and authentic (hint: children know when we are faking it)   and more Cécile’s entire book informs her Parent Footprint moment. She shares a story about music and her son -- listeners will never forget it! Cécile David-Weill is French and American. She published her first novel, Béguin, under the name of Cécile de la Baume. The Suitors, her third novel, was published by Other Press in 2013. David-Weill is a regular contributor to the online French news magazine Le Point, with a column entitled "Letters from New York." She was born in New York, where she currently lives. For more information visit: Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Sep 24, 2020
Ep. 95 Playtime and Childcare in the Pandemic Age with Florence Ann Romano, The Windy City Nanny
Dr. Dan welcomes “The Windy City Nanny” Florence Ann Romano to episode 95.  A childcare expert and entrepreneur, Florence is also the author of Nanny and Me.  She joins the show today to talk about playtime, childcare, nanny wisdom, and more. Florence Ann Romano, The Windy City Nanny™ (, is a dedicated philanthropist and former nanny who has always had a special place in her heart for children. Romano worked for over 15 years as a nanny, beginning as a 'Mommy's helper' at the age of 11.  Dr. Dan and Florence discuss the importance of empathy, parenting awareness, and what Florence calls the “healthy trifecta.”  Florence’s career as a nanny as well as her informative website provide resources on many topics including: What really works for caretakers and children? How ditching electronic devices playtime benefits children     What are some of the best ways for parents to homeschool their children (especially in the midst of COVID-19)? The reason the best parenting practices come from the entire family working together Florence’s book about her lifelong childcare experiences -- Nanny and Me (Mascot Books, May 2015) -- helps children make the transition from being cared for solely by their parents to having a nanny in their home. The Parent Footprint Moment at the end of the show will resonate with parents and encourage parents to being open to learn and grow alongside their children. For more information and to meet Florence visit:  Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Sep 10, 2020
Ep. 94 How to create psychological safety in your home with Dr. Tim Clark
Dr. Dan welcomes psychological safety expert and the Founder/CEO of LeaderFactor Tim Clark to the show today to discuss his new book The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety and how these lessons can help parents. Timothy R. Clark is founder and CEO of LeaderFactor, a consulting, coaching, and training organization. Dr. Clark is an international authority in the fields of psychological safety & innovation, large-scale change & transformation, and senior leadership development.  In his new book, The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety: Defining the Path to Inclusion and Innovation , Dr. Clark explains that fear has a profoundly negative impact on engagement, learning efficacy, productivity, and innovation, and that until now there has been a lack of practical information on how to make us feel safe about speaking up and contributing at home or at work..  Today Dr. Dan and Dr. Clark discuss these high-level leadership concepts in an accessible and enlightening conversation touching upon important parenting topics such as:  Psychological Safety  Trust Fear Human Needs Love Acceptance As a social scientist and an organizational consultant, Dr. Clark’s book provides a framework to move people through four successive stages of psychological safety: Member, Learning, Contributor, and Challenger which are detailed in the book and he touches upon these stages during today’s show with Dr. Dan. At the end of Episode 94, Dr. Clark describes a revealing Parent Footprint Moment about his son and how he had to change his parenting style to meet the needs of his son. Dr. Clark is also the author of Epic Change: How to Lead Change in the Global Age (John Wiley/Jossey-Bass), Leadership Bones (Bradmore Road Press), The Employee Engagement Mindset (McGraw- Hill), Leading with Character and Competence: Moving Beyond Title, Position, And Authority (Berrett-Koehler).  He earned a PhD in social science from Oxford University, and was both a British Research Scholar and a Fulbright Scholar at Seoul National University in Korea. He also earned a master’s degree in Government and economics from the University of Utah. As an undergraduate at Brigham Young University, he was named a first-team Academic All-American football player where he completed a triple degree cum laude.  For more information visit Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Aug 27, 2020
Ep. 93 The Rocket Years: How Your Twenties Launch the Rest of Your Life with Elizabeth Segran
Dr. Dan welcomes author Elizabeth Segran to episode 93 to discuss her book THE ROCKET YEARS: How Your Twenties Launch the Rest of Your Life. In her encouraging new book, Elizabeth arms young people and their concerned parents with the tools to confront uncertain times and to make the most of the critical “twenties” years to create a “dream” life. We tend to think of our twenties as a playground for life: a time for low-consequence experimentation and delaying big decisions.  Elizabeth’s book (and the data shows), the choices we make (or put off!) during this critical decade about our career, marriage, health, friends, even downtime, have the greatest impact on how our lives play out.  Today’s episode invites listeners (parents and young adults) to think critically and holistically about the life they want to build and why the choices we make in our twenties matter.   Dr. Dan and Elizabeth talk about how the twenties can be a launchpad for a bright and successful future.  Topics related to the decisions we make in our twenties include:  Career Marriage Kids and Family Politics Fitness Friends Hobbies The show ends with Elizabeth’s unique Parent Footprint moment about her own parents.  Elizabeth Segran attended Columbia University and received a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in women’s studies and Indian literature. She is a senior staff writer at the business magazine Fast Company and her work has been published in The Atlantic, The Nation, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, and The New Republic.  She lives in Boston with her husband and daughter.  For more information visit: Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Aug 13, 2020
Ep.92 Sisters, Parenting, Happiness and more with KJ Dell’Antonia
Dr. Dan welcomes esteemed author and journalist KJ Dell'Antonia to the podcast to discuss her parenting, her writing career and her newest book, a debut novel THE CHICKEN SISTERS and how to find happiness in everyday parenting experiences.  KJ is also the author HOW TO BE A HAPPIER PARENT and the writer of the viral New York Times parenting essay “Why I Didn’t Answer Your Email.”   KJ Dell’Antonia is also the former editor of the NYTimes’ Motherlode blog and a co-host of the #AmWriting podcast. Through her writing, KJ focuses on the societal, policy and personal factors that make finding family happiness is more relevant today than ever before. Weaving together KJ’s writing career with Dr. Dan’s expertise, KJ and Dr. Dan discuss many parenting topics in this episode including: The four things that happy parents do well and how you can do them, too  How important it is to change your “parenting narrative” so that you can improve your family’s happiness How to put sports and activities in their proper place so these things fit around your family and adult lives, and not the other way around How to structure your time in the kitchen so that it can become a happiness ritual for you and your kids Finding that balance between the big dreams and the day to day joys, and making choices that make us happy KJ’s new novel Episode 92 wraps up with KJ’s Parent Footprint moment where she explains how a broken leg helped her learn one of her biggest parenting lessons. For more information visit: Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Jul 30, 2020
Ep. 91 The REAL YOU: How parents can help their teenagers develop authenticity with Sarah Anderson
Dr. Dan welcomes Sarah Andersen a personal development coach and founder of The Real Girl Lifestyle. Sarah is also the Director of The GRACED BY GRIT foundation which provides opportunities for girls to discover and develop their GRIT through empowerment events and a student-athlete scholarship fund.  Sarah Andersen is a Certified Personal Development and Life Coach for Teen Girls and Young Women. She lives in San Diego, California and coaches girls all over the country.  Sarah focuses on teen girls and young women however her advice on today’s episode is for all teens and is filled with empowering messages. Sarah works one-one-one, leads small groups, and speaks nationally about girl empowerment. In her coaching sessions, Sarah focuses on developing the teens' strengths and using creative tools and strategies to help them face challenges and obstacles with confidence.  Today’s podcast discussion includes these topics and questions:  How would you define authenticity? Why is it so important for teenagers to develop authenticity? With a culture that values perfection and success more than anything else it can be difficult to show our true colors, what are some ways parents can help their teens understand this?  How can parents themselves model what living authentically looks like? Tell us about the 3 I’s that you believe are contributing factors to a teenager’s journey of authenticity.  How does the fear of rejection influence and impact being our real selves? What are some of the obstacles that prevent us from being authentic? Sarah talks about her own parents during her Parent Footprint moment and her personal story links generations of Sarah’s family in what was a big moment of revelation for her and her Dad. Sarah Anderson is certified through Teen Wisdom Life Coaching, Institute for Integrated Nutrition, and the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.  For more information about Sarah and her work visit:  The REAL Girl Lifestyle . See for privacy information.
Jul 16, 2020
Ep. 90 Sensory Processing & Sensory Parenting with Kelly Beins, OT
Today Dr. Dan welcomes Occupational Therapist and author Kelly Beins to the Parent Footprint podcast. Kelly Beins is an Occupational Therapist certified in sensory integration.  She has over 22 years of clinical experience.  Through her Ovis the Sheep book series, she uses characters and a love of reading to help children make challenging real-life experiences easier for families.  Kelly owns the private practice About Occupational Therapy Consulting, LLC in Frederick, Maryland.  The organization’s mission is to make life easier for children and families living with sensory processing disorder (SPD).  Kelly’s children's book series and her course for parents of kids with sensory processing challenges ("Sensory Parenting: An EASIER Way") as well as all of her work teaches parents to learn positive co-regulation. Kelly works through the many daily challenges so many families face (sleeping, eating, toileting, dressing), and explores the many overlaps between SPD and other existing conditions like ADHD, anxiety, and autism,  The world of sensory processing can be a confusing place. One in fifteen school-aged children experience sensory differences. Despite an advancing body of research and a quickly expanding body of knowledge, those children and families living with sensory differences often feel misunderstood, and at a loss for how to communicate to others what they are going through and what they need. Kelly’s work and her books are lighting the way for families to see everyday challenges more clearly and work through them. Dr. Dan and Kelly discuss the many types of sensory disorders, other diagnoses related to sensory processing disorder, mental health, parent survival tips, the importance of parent intuition, how kids mirror parental regulation/dysregulation, and many other important sensory related topics. At the end of today’s episode, Kelly shares two enlightening Parent Footprint moments that will surely resonate with listeners as she describes the intersection of her work and her parenting. Originally from Canada, Kelly lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters. For more information about Kelly and her books go to: See for privacy information.
Jul 02, 2020
Ep. 89 The Science of Attachment with Bethany Saltman
Today Dr. Dan welcomes author Bethany Saltman to discuss her new book STRANGE SITUATION: A Mother’s Journey into the Science of Attachment.  Her fascinating discussion with Dr. Dan about parenting, attachment, love, and the current pandemic is riveting and revealing. In her 2016 New York Magazine feature that went viral, writer Bethany Saltman asked: “Can Attachment Theory Explain All Our Relationships?”.  She wrote about how surprised she was by her anger and frustration as a new mother, and her desire to find out what attachment (or a lack of secure attachment) might have to do with it all, ultimately discovering that attachment isn’t a checklist of behaviors developed by physical closeness but the product of secure relationships from one’s own past. While attachment science describes how we relate to others, it also shows us how truly entwined the success of our relationships is with our deepest sense of who we are.  Bethany’s book STRANGE SITUATION grew out of this article;  the book is a memoir hinging on science, biography, psychology and spiritual practice, and an indirect look at parenting, and how we are all interconnected by the feelings of attachment, but not by what experts and others typically suggest, or by co-sleeping or  baby slings but instead.  Dr. Dan and Bethany unravel what attachment is and how it happens. The good news:  the actual science of attachment makes it clear: every single one of us is attached, though some more securely than others. Dr. Dan and Bethany agree that who we are -- and our own self-awareness -- is enough for attachment.    “At the heart of the attachment system is a primitive kind of call and response that keeps the species alive.” And that’s what we all do—keep our kids alive, even those of us who work outside the home and supplement with formula.  Bethany’s book shifts paradigms by demonstrating that from an attachment point of view, self-awareness is other-awareness. Self-care is childcare and therefore we’re all attachment parents. There’s no other kind. Dr. Dan and Bethany also explain and explore: Being “Attachment Aware” Shame and Guilt Self-Care Adult Attachment  Experts (Mary Aisnworth) Myths (Dr. Sears) Delight as the “North Star” Bethany’s Parent Footprint Moment In addition to being an author, Bethany Saltman is also an award-winning editor, mindfulness mentor, and researcher. Her work has appeared in magazines including the New Yorker, New York Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Parents, and many others. 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, where she studied with Allen Ginsberg. A longtime Zen student, 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. For more information:  visit Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Jun 18, 2020
Ep. 88 Moving Beyond Your Child’s Diagnosis with Debbie Reber
Dr. Dan welcomes back his colleague and friend Debbie Reber, founder of TILT Parenting and host of the TILT Parenting Podcast (which just hit two million downloads!).  Debbie created TILT to support parents raising “differently-wired” kids and her work has shifted the conversation around how neurodiversity is perceived and experienced in the world.  She emphasises parenting with joy and acceptance for all children.  Her book Differently Wired was recently released in paperback. Today Dr. Dan and Debbie talk about their own intimate and personal stories about raising their differently wired kids. The episode includes advice about navigating the stages of a diagnosis from a “fix it stage” mindset to frustration and fear and finally to reframing and acting -- and ultimately shifting to what will work for your individual child. Debbie explains why her favorite quote (“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”) can successfully lead parents and families to a successful future.  This episode is one parents will return to again and again. The enlightening interview ends with Debbie’s Parent Footprint moment about ange, which will resonate with many listeners. Debbie Reber is the New York Times bestselling author of Differently Wired, podcast host, life coach, and speaker.  Before creating Tilt, she spent over ten years writing inspiring books for women and teens and speaking about issues including media literacy, self-esteem, and confidence.  In 2016 when she founded TiLT Parenting, a website, top parenting podcast, and social media community for parents like her who are raising differently-wired children.  Debbie Reber lives with her son and husband in the Netherlands. For more information visit   Watchthis free videoto learn more about Dr. Dan andParent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Jun 04, 2020
Ep. 87 Separation Anxiety with Laura Zigman
Dr. Dan welcomes bestselling author and parent Laura Zigman to discuss her new novel SEPARATION ANXIETY as well as her popular essays in publications including The New York Times, Parade, and The Washington Post. among others. Recently, SEPARATION ANXIETY was named a “Most Anticipated Winter 2020 Book” by Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, USA Today, Real Simple, Parade, BuzzFeed, and The Millions. Laura Zigman is also the author of Animal Husbandry (which was later made into the movie Someone Like You, starring Hugh Jackman and Ashley Judd), Dating Big Bird, Piece of Work, and Her.  Laura’s fiction always draws on her own personal experiences as a parent, daughter, wife, writer, and friend.  Her books and essays resonate with readers everywhere because of her honesty and her poignant observations about life and family. Today Dr. Dan and Laura discuss several timely topics including:  Laura’s recent essay in Parade magazine “Your Child's 'Firsts' Are Special, So Why Are We Focusing on the 'Lasts'?” Sandwich generation issues of care-taking for older parents and raising your own children  How our own experiences as a child influence our parenting  Dealing with life’s challenges - the death of our parents, illness, job loss, addiction, more The ability to embrace our personal journey as our “story” unfolds -- even its unexpected twists and turns Shame: stop self-shaming (and shaming others); fight shame! Laura’s Parent Footprint Moment about hope is deeply honest and heart-breaking -- and ultimately inspiring. Laura Zigman lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband, son, and deeply human Sheltie.  For more information about Laura’s books and her other writing please visit: Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
May 21, 2020
Ep. 86 The Trying Game with Amy Klein
Just in time for Mother’s Day and recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Dan interviews health journalist and author Amy Klein about her new book THE TRYING GAME: Get Through Fertility Treatment and Get Pregnant Without Losing Your Mind. Amy Klein wrote the “Fertility Diary” column for The New York Times’s Motherlode blog for three years. Her former NYTimes editor KJ Dell’Antonia recently wrote, “Amy Klein’s writing on fertility is candid, warm, and honest. She pulls no punches, and the result isn’t just informative—it’s empowering. If you’re struggling to create the family you imagined, Amy’s is the voice you want in your head, and your heart.”  Today, Amy writes frequently about health and fertility for publications such as Newsweek, Slate, The Washington Post, and other national media. When Amy Klein wrote THE TRYING GAME, she never dreamed it would be published during a pandemic.  Now more than ever, Amy’s personal story as well as her advice about struggling with infertility and the challenges of treatment will hopefully change the conversation about infertility in 2020 and move it forward. Today’s episode opens with Amy sharing how she finally became a mother after nine rounds of IVF, four miscarriages, three acupuncturists, two rabbis and one reproductive immunologist. Amy wrote THE TRYING GAME because it is the book she wishes she’d had when she was trying (and trying and trying) to get and stay pregnant. Every year “National Infertility Awareness Week” shines a light on the many individuals and couples struggling with infertility.  As Amy’s book reveals every single story is emotional, even harrowing.  During today’s episode, Dr. Dan and Amy Klein discuss relevant topics and explore key chapters from THE TRYING GAME including: Why young women need to take control of their fertility early How do I deal with Mother’s Day envy? Baby jealousy - it’s a real thing online and in real life How to talk to other people with infertility Keeping your marriage intact during infertility The importance of accepting your all of feelings - this is hard What motherhood is like after infertility and miscarriage Amy shares a very honest and personal Parent Footprint Moment at the end of the show about being a daughter and a mother.  It will inspire listeners today and on Mother’s Day. Empowering, compassionate, and down-to-earth, The Trying Game: Get Through Fertility Treatment and Get Pregnant Without Losing Your Mind shows you what to expect when you’re not expecting with heart, humor, and humanity when you need it the most.  For more information about Amy Klein and her book visit: Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
May 07, 2020
EP. 85 How Parents Can Talk To Their Children About Divorce with Jacqueline Newman
Dr. Dan interviews lawyer, divorce expert, and author Jacqueline Newman about her new book THE NEW RULES OF DIVORCE: 12 Secrets to Protecting Your Wealth, Health, and Happiness. Jacqueline Newman is the managing partner at the matrimonial law firm Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein LLP in New York City. Jacqueline has appeared as an expert commentator on various television and radio shows and an expert on  NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, The New York Times, Fox Business, Woman's Day, Glamour, the New York Post,, Crain's New York Business, U.S. News and World Report, Business Insider,, USA Today, Yahoo Parenting, Woman's Day, and The Huffington Post.  Newman’s book THE NEW RULES OF DIVORCE: 12 Secrets to Protecting Your Wealth, Health, and Happiness, was recognized by Oprah Magazine as one of  "the best divorce books to help you heal during every stage of the process."  Today, with the pandemic, it is predicted that divorce in the US will be going through an unprecedented and historic transformation according to Jacqueline. Marriages on a brink of breaking up are usually pushed over to the side of divorce when extenuating circumstances take over...some marriages will grow stronger and others will unravel. How will COVID-19 impact divorce?  According to Jacqueline, everything from child custody hearings to how legal papers are filed to ending marriages is going to change. The first statistic that we are likely to observe is the divorce rate increasing in the US as a result of stress, financial strain, and other challenges exaggerated during the pandemic.  For example, when one parent feels their ex-spouse is putting their children at risk by not adhering to shelter-in-place mandates or refusing to practice social distancing -- this will be a new challenge that could potentially change custody.  Dr. Dan and Jacqueline discuss modern divorce including: The roles of Dads requesting shared and equal custody The importance of self-care for both parents during the stress of divorce Why both parents need to keep their marriage’s intimacy problems away from children -- even adult children There really are some benefits of divorce for children  How to talk to kids about divorce Jacqueline’s Parent Footprint Moment is about honesty and transparency -- and demonstrates how telling the truth about our mistakes (and owning them) is one of the most important lessons for our children. For more information visit: See for privacy information.
Apr 23, 2020
Ep. 84 The School Choice Roadmap with Andrew Campanella
This week, Dr. Dan interviews Andrew Campanella, President of National School Choice Week, the largest public awareness effort in the U.S. focusing on opportunity in K-12 education. Recorded in real time during the COVID-19 pandemic, today’s episode will help parents and families everywhere recently thrust into educating their students at home.   In addition to his role as President of the nation's largest celebration of education choice, Andrew is the author of The School Choice Roadmap, a workbook for parents to understand education options.  Andrew is passionate about school choice, education reform, and empowering parents. Today’s episode will enlighten parents and educators everywhere while also providing relief for the 40 million experiencing education at home during the 2020 pandemic.   Dr. Dan and Andrew open the show with a powerful discussion about virtual and distance learning: During the pandemic, this does not look like “normal school”  -- but Andrew reminds us that our students are learning, are great with technology, and yes our kids can still thrive during this challenging time. Parents and educators can embrace the new schooling and lean in to this dramatic change with confidence. Free resources are plentiful - especially right now - for parents, educators, and students; everyone can seek out for instant help ALL parents should have confidence in their educational abilities - parents really do know their students best. Later in the episode, Dr. Dan and Andrew discuss Andrew’s new book, The School Choice Roadmap: 7 Steps to Finding the Right School for Your Child, a guidebook to help parents identify education environments that meet their children’s needs.  With the goal of informing parents of their school choice options, Andrew and the NSCW team work with more than 21,000 schools annually—along with thousands of organizations and homeschooling groups. Under Andrew’s leadership, NSCW has experienced remarkable growth, from 150 events and activities in 2011 to more than 40,000 in 2019.  All students learn differently.  And many students need a different match for their educational needs.  The new book will teach parents how to find the right fit for their student.  Topics include: What is “school choice”  and why do parents really need an in-depth book like this one? How can parents find out what their educational options are? Once a parent starts searching for schools, how do they navigate evaluating their options? What are some of the most common misconceptions about some of the less common forms of schooling, like charters, magnets, or online? Andrew’s Parent Footprint Moment about education, learning, and his own family is honest, refreshing, and uplifting. Andrew Campanella regularly speaks at education and parent empowerment events nationally. His education expertise has been quoted in or featured on CNN, C-SPAN, FOX Business,, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, the Houston Chronicle, the Orlando Sentinel, and The Philadelphia Inquirer, along with thousands of local and regional newspapers, radio stations, television programs, and parenting blogs. In recognition of his work, Andrew was named by PRNews magazine as the Event Marketer of the Year for 2015. Prior to joining NSCW, Andrew served in senior-level positions at the American Federation for Children and the Alliance for School Choice. He grew up in southern New Jersey, graduated from American University in Washington, DC, and lives in Florida.  Listeners can learn more by visiting and Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Apr 09, 2020
Zombies, Ostriches, and Unicorns...Oh My!...Parenting with comic writer James Breakwell Ep - 83
Get ready to laugh out loud! Today Dr. Dan treats listeners to an episode filled with humor and real life parenting advice from the hilarious author, professional comic writer, and (in his own words) “amateur father” James Breakwell (best known as the Twitter phenomena @XplodingUnicorn).  A parent of four daughters, James Breakwell is the popular author of several funny parenting books including the newest How to Save Your Child from Ostrich Attacks, Accidental Time Travel, and Anything Else that Might Happen on an Average Tuesday.  James tackles challenges ordinary challenges parents encounter in their own everyday lives and at the same time gives us all his fresh perspective and a great laugh, too. Dr. Dan and James chat about parenting, humor, silly scenarios, pets, kids, jokes, and much more in today’s episode.  Dr. Dan has fun sharing why over one million fans follow James and his parenting adventures on Twitter. At the end of the episode, parents will giggle like kids when they hear James talk to Dr. Dan about his Parent Footprint Moment involving his pet pigs.  Dr. Dan and James end the show with great advice - merely surviving every single day on the parenting journey is an enormous accomplishment.   James Breakwell’s comedy went viral in April 2016 when Buzzfeed featured his kid-centric jokes in an article that quickly drew more than two million views. His jokes have been featured by USA Today, US Magazine,,, Huffington Post, 9GAG,,, and countless TV, radio, and internet outlets. James Breakwell’s articles have appeared in Reader’s Digest, The Federalist, and AskMen.  His next book Prance Like No One’s Watching will be published in spring 2020. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Mar 26, 2020
Special Episode Coronavirus: Parenting with Resilience in Unsettling Times Ep - 82
Today Dr. Dan hosts his first-ever special episode to address the situation surrounding the coronavirus and how it is impacting parents and families. Based on Dr. Dan’s essential reading Psychology Today post Parenting with Resilience in Unsettling Times: It Starts with Us, Dr. Dan offers actionable advice for all families during this challenging time.  Listeners can use these suggestions today to help calm anxious children, to limit teen social media use, and many other challenges.  In this episode, Dr. Dan leads listeners through the steps for building inner strength right now in this moment including self-awareness, acceptance, self-care, and staying present.   In addition, Dr. Dan welcomes long-time Parent Footprint Podcast producer Laura Rossi to the episode to lead an informative Question and Answer session featuring listeners’ parenting questions about COVID-19. The episode wraps up with Dr. Dan’s poignant Parent Footprint Moment and Dr. Dan’s trademark hope, comfort, and wisdom. See for privacy information.
Mar 17, 2020
Social Media, Depression, and Teens with Dr. John Huber Ep - 81
In Episode 81, Dr. Dan and Dr. Huber tackle a tough and essential teen parenting topic: the link between social media and depression.   Dr. John Huber is the Chairman for Mainstream Mental Health, a non-profit organization that brings lasting and positive change to the lives of individuals that suffer from mental health issues.  Dr. Huber has been a mental health professional for over twenty years (including working as a school psychologist) and has worked with children, families, teens, adults, and veterans.  He is a Clinical Forensic Psychologist, and a practitioner with privileges at two long term acute care hospitals. Dr. Huber has appeared on over three hundred top tier radio shows (NBC Radio, CBS, Fox News Radio) and thirty national television programs (ABC, NBC, Spectrum News). In addition Dr. Huber is the host of “Mainstream Mental Health Radio” which is heard nationwide and features interviews with today’s top mental health professionals. Today’s episode is inspired by a recent study stating that "Social Media Use [is] Linked To Depression Among Teens" and that social media use plus screen time can lead to an increase in depression and anxiety among teens and adolescents. In the study, researchers measured how much time students spent in front of social media, television and computers. The data revealed the more time kids spent engrossed in digital screens, their symptoms of anxiety and depression became more severe.  Dr. Dan talks to Dr. Huber about the study, depression among teens, teen behaviors, and how social media affects their mental health.  They focus on questions and topics including: What are some things parents can look out for if they think their child is depressed? What anxiety looks like vs. depression in teens that are struggling? How are they related? How do you think that social media has changed the way people interact with each other and develop relationships with each other?   Common red flags in teen behavior such as: isolation, decrease in eye contact, irritability, and more. How do you think the way that information flows in social media deviates from the way it did in previous traditional societies?  And related: should you monitor your teen’s digital world? Should you limit a teen’s screen time? How can you let your teen self-regulate but also be involved? Many people are taught to be wary of mental health labels. Dr. Huber works to reduce the stigma of “mental health” treatment. His goal is to empower the young person to make positive changes in his/her life before a crisis evolves.  In particular his work changes lives and helps our children break the stigma (and even shame) of mental health and seek treatment proving that we can all embrace each other and our differences as part of the human condition. The show ends with Dr. Huber’s great Parent Footprint moment about his own childhood. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Mar 12, 2020
Bright and Quirky: Making life better for kids with learning social and emotional challenges with Debbie Steinberg Kunt
Dr. Dan welcomes colleague and friend Debbie Steinberg Kuntz to today’s episode to discuss our bright and quirky kids.  Debbie is a licensed marriage and family therapist and the founder of Bright and Quirky’s mission statement is powerful:  Ease the struggle for bright and quirky kids and parents, help them self-actualize with the help of experts in the fields of mental health and education, and inspire the hope that new ideas and possibilities bring. When Debbie started her family counseling practice a decade ago, she had no idea the area of 2e (twice-exceptional) would be her specialty. She credits her sons, now teenagers, and their unique strengths and challenges as the inspiration for her life’s work. Early in her parenting journey, Debbie learned that her own sons were ‘2e’ or ‘twice exceptional,’ meaning they are smart and also have unique brain wiring that makes accessing those smarts at times challenging.  As she researched and found solutions for them, she started to share the learning with families in her private practice near Seattle. These kids are very bright and struggle with learning, executive function, social, emotional and/or behavioral challenges. Some have diagnoses such as ADHD, autism/Aspergers, anxiety, depression and learning disabilities like dyslexia. In the winter of 2018, Debbie decided to try an experiment and run a 2e parenting program online. Today the Bright & Quirky Child Online Summit, attracting over 15,000 people from 95 countries featuring World-class psychologists, educators, and child development experts who share tools and insights to help bright & quirky kids thrive.  In fact, Dr. Dan is one of the featured speakers for the third annual online summit which is free if you register (click here to register).  Listeners can go to this link: Today Debbie works with hundreds of bright-but-busy parents who work for Fortune 500 companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Starbucks, to have a happy home life and equip their kids with the habits to succeed. Since her private practice is typically full, she founded Positive Impact Family to help even more parents transform their family to become more happy, positive, and cooperative, and make a positive impact in the world. Today’s show covers many topics and features registration information about the 2020 Bright and Quirky Summit as well as the “Idea Lab” learning community, online resources and parenting tools to help navigate: How to meet your uniquely wired child's needs by providing the right supports What it means to be a self-scientist How to teach kids, educators, others to lead with strengths Flipping the script on how we see our 2e kids And Debbie’s Parent Footprint moment advice on the importance of being present and just showing up for our kids For more information on Debbie’s work, the summit and more visit:  and Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. Parent Footprint podcast listeners can get a discount from Wild Foods because they align with Parent Footprint’s mission to make the world a better place one family at a time.  Use FOOTPRINT12 and this link for 12% off your order.  See for privacy information.
Feb 27, 2020
Proactive Parenting with Dr. Heather Maguire - Ep 79
Dr. Dan welcomes guest Dr. Heather Maguire, founder Prism Parenting, to the podcast for a discussion about Proactive Parenting.  Dr. Heather Maguire has spent over a decade studying behavior and working with children, parents, families, and educators. As the founder of Prism Behavior, she helps parents manage challenging behaviors with confidence and provides hope for parents everywhere. Dr. Maguire started Prism Behavior ( to help parents struggling with their child’s behavior and her approach is pragmatic, yet evidence-based.  She loves to teach parents ways to motivate their kiddos. In addition she connects with parents on her new, popular parenting podcast also called Prism Parenting ( Dr. Dan and Dr. Maguire discuss practical ways (some are very simple changes) to shift from a reactive parenting approach to a proactive one.  Parents face many diverse issues such defiance, how to motivate your child, picky eating, sleep issues, homework, and more. Today’s show offers solutions and an acknowledgement that parenting can be tough, especially when your kids are misbehaving or acting out or facing challenges, but parents can make positive changes.   A few preventative parenting techniques Dr. Dan and Dr. Maguire discuss today include:  Catch your kids being good (and praise them for it).  Listen to your children and teach them to negotiate respectfully but still set limits.  Re-adjust your own parenting behaviors with your kids  - be flexible! (Is what you are doing working for your child? What works today may not work tomorrow so think about how to make a change that works for all of you.)  Engage with your children. And other tips!  (As a listener bonus,  Dr. Maguire generously offers her free resource on proactive parenting: Dr. Heather Maguire’s interview with Dr. Dan ends with a dramatic and eye-opening Parent Footprint Moment. Dr. Heather Maguire holds a doctorate in educational psychology, and she is a credentialed school psychologist, with over tens years experience working with parents and educators. She is also the proud mama of two kids. # # # Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. Parent Footprint podcast listeners can get a discount from Wild Foods because they align with Parent Footprint’s mission to make the world a better place one family at a time.  Use FOOTPRINT12 and this link for 12% off your order.  See for privacy information.
Feb 13, 2020
5 Reasons Why Parents Should Send Their Kids to Camp with Dr. Laurie Brown
On Episode 78 Dr. Dan welcomes guest Dr. Laurie Browne, Director of Research for the American Camp Association, to discuss the latest studies about how camp benefits our kids. In her role at the ACA, Laurie Browne, PhD, specializes in measuring youth outcomes, program quality assessment, and issues related to access, equity, and inclusion. Prior to joining ACA, Laurie was an assistant professor in the Department of Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management at California State University-Chico.  Laurie received her PhD from the University of Utah, where she studied youth development and research methods.  Dr. Dan and Dr. Browne discuss the American Camp Association, day camp vs. overnight camp,  camp and community, and much more. The ACA’s 5 Year Impact Study and the findings showcase the many ways camp can help throughout a child’s lifetime. Today Dr. Dan and Dr. Browne (both enthusiastic campers; Laurie has three campers of her own, ages 16, 13, and 11) discuss the enlightening research and the five reasons parents should explore sending their kids to camp: Develop Independence Experience Outdoor Childhood Fun and Adventure Relaxation Living Unplugged Become Better at Making and Keeping Friends The interview wraps up with Dr. Browne’s Parent Footprint Moment. Listeners will want to start exploring camp for their children as soon as today’s episode ends! Parent Footprint podcast listeners can get a discount from Wild Foods because they align with Parent Footprint’s mission to make the world a better place one family at a time.  Use FOOTPRINT12 and this link for 12% off your order. See for privacy information.
Jan 30, 2020
Children and Screens: How to Help Children Lead Healthy Lives in a Digital World with Dr. Pamela Hurst-Della Pietra - Ep 77
Dr. Dan welcomes Dr. Pamela Hurst-Della Pietra, founder of Children and Screens:Institute of Digital Media and Child Development, to discuss one of the most important modern parenting topics today: children and screens. Today’s discussion about technology, parenting, children, and health is timely, relevant, and crucial for all families to hear. Children and Screens was founded in 2013 by Dr. Hurst-Della Pietra because she wanted to better understand the cognitive and long-term impacts of frequent technology use among her own children. Today, Children and Screens is an active non-profit organization addressing three central questions which Dr. Dan and Dr. Pam also discuss briefly today: How is digital media enhancing or impairing children’s ability to live happy, healthy, and productive lives? How are years of electronically mediated interactions shaping children’s physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development? What should we do about all of the above?   Dr. Dan and Dr. Pam touch on many digital topics including: screen use, age, violent games, digital addiction, and how her Parent Footprint moment changed her life. Dr. Dan, Dr. Pam and Children and Screens urge parents to consider: Social media’s impact on mental health. When to introduce digital devices to your child. The problem of digital addiction. Digital media’s impact on physical health. Role-modeling healthy media use. How technology interferes with sleep. Video game content and age appropriateness.  Children’s online privacy. Cell phones in schools. Cyberbullying. For more information about Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development visit Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. Parent Footprint podcast listeners can get a discount from Wild Foods because they align with Parent Footprint’s mission to make the world a better place one family at a time.  Use FOOTPRINT12 and this link for 12% off your order. See for privacy information.
Jan 16, 2020
Angel Faces with Lesia S. Cartelli Ep - 76
Dr. Dan is honored to speak to courageous author, inspiring speaker, and visionary leader Lesia Stockall Cartelli today about Angel Faces, the national nonprofit she founded that provides healing retreats and ongoing support to adolescent girls and young women with severe burns and trauma injuries.  Lesia Cartelli overcame a serious injury at the age of nine and learned to transform her intense pain into a life of passion and purpose. Today she touches the hearts of everyone she comes in contact and has helped thousands. Lesia Stockall Cartelli endured serious burn injuries at the age of nine in a natural gas explosion. For thirty years, Cartellilaunched and directed aftercare programs for burn and trauma patients. In 2003, she founded Angel Faces. Cartelli was selected as “Hero of the Week” by People Magazine, featured on CNN’s “Human Factor” with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, HLN, ABC NEWS 20/20, MSN, PBS, and other national media. She has received many prestigious awards for her leadership and inspiration including the “Heart of a Woman” Award on the Dr. Phil Show and an EMMY for Angel Faces mini documentary. Dr. Dan and Lesia discuss how parents can support their children by seeking professional help and support -- for their child and for themselves, too.  Lesia discusses how for any teen it's tough trying to fit into a world obsessed with physical beauty, but for a young woman who has been permanently disfigured by a traumatic injury trying to fit in is deeply challenging. Stares, unwanted questions and rejection are the reality this special group of survivors deals with on a daily basis.  During the Angel Faces retreats survivors learn to deal with grief and loss, gain tools to deal with everyday struggles, and so much more. In today’s interview, Lesia and Dr. Dan demonstrate how to talk to kids with direct questions and how to discover blessings and gifts within any challenge. Lesia explains how she also teaches the power of embracing our fears—something she did herself at age thirty-three when she faced her fear of fire and suited up in full firefighting gear to enter a burning building known as a "control burn.” (A beautiful side note to the story is that after she conquered her fear, she married the fire captain who actually led her into the fire.) Today’s podcast interview about Leisa and Angel Faces (and her Parent Footprint moment) is one listeners will never forget. Dr. Dan’s conversation with Leisa will give everyone hope. About Angel Faces: Angel Faces®, founded in 2003, is a non-profit organization headquartered in Encinitas, CA, whose mission is to provide healing retreats and ongoing support for adolescent girls and young women with severe and permanent disfigurement from burn/trauma injuries so they may achieve their optimum potential and develop meaningful relationships for themselves, their families, and their communities. Leisa’s work with others and her own healing journey inspired Lesia to write the book Heart of Fire.  For more information, please visit See for privacy information.
Jan 02, 2020
Teaching Financial Independence to Your Children with Brad Barrett with Brad Barrett - Ep 75
Dr. Dan welcomes entrepreneur Brad Barrett to the podcast today to talk about kids and financial independence. Brad Barrett is the founder of the company and host of the podcast ChooseFI.  His journey will inspire and motivate listeners to take charge of their savings, their future retirement and their dream life today.  His financial teachings start with intention and awareness and values and will help parents show their children how to live a happy and independent life. is a personal finance podcast and community that helps people accelerate their path to financial independence.  Brad Barrett went from being a full-time CPA to retiring with complete financial independence by the age of 35 through diligent savings and investing. Now, as co-host and co-founder of ChooseFI (a Top 50 Business Podcast on iTunes) he’s empowering others in their own pursuit of the financially independent lifestyle. Brad’s awareness and commitment to living a life with options starts with money.  Whether you have mountains of debt or are recently debt-free and wondering what to do next, Brad’s advice during today’s interview is a blueprint to financial independence. Dr. Dan and Brad explore many topics listeners will find useful including: Talk about money with your children in an honest and open manner (that is age appropriate) Start explaining the concept of  Financial Independence early by teaching kids how to save their money and how to build a “savings habit” (Brad says he accomplishes this by giving his children an allowance) Why Brad encourages his children to aim for a 50% savings rate  Teach kids basic facts about the stock market and investing and compounding Expose children to the concept of experiences vs. stuff  As parents we can choose to live by example and demonstrate to our children how living with intention is life changing – From eating well to being in the moment with your family to experiencing genuine conversation, everything we do should be intentional (including financial independence) Brad’s personal philosophy (and his honest Parent Footprint moment) will change how listeners think about living a good life, money, family, self-improvement, and ultimately success. For more information about Brad Barrett visit: Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Dec 19, 2019
Normal Sucks: How to Live, Learn, and Thrive Outside the Lines with Jonathan Mooney - Ep 74
Dr. Dan welcomes back author, speaker, advocate, and entrepreneur Jonathan Mooney to the podcast. His new book Normal Sucks will inspire listeners of all ages. A highly sought after public speaker, Jonathan Mooney has been inspiring audiences with his story and message for two decades. Jonathan has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, TheChicago Tribune, USA Today, HBO, NPR, ABC News, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and other media and he speaks across the nation about neurological and physical diversity.   Jonathan Mooney inspires those who live with differences and reassures us all that Normal Sucks (his book title is inspired by his incredible mom). Jonathan says we need to stop thinking about deficits and instead support the fact that there are advantages and upshots to every type of brain and body. As a neuro-diverse kid diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD who didn't learn to read until he was twelve, the realization that that he wasn’t the problem―the system and the concept of normal were―saved Mooney’s life. In today’s show Dr. Dan and Jonathan explore  normal vs. the toll that being “not normal” takes, learning disabilities, challenges, biology, behavior, and how IF we can reorient the ways in which all we think about diversity, abilities, and disabilities, we CAN start a revolution. Dr. Dan and Jonathan discuss some of Jonathan’s challenges (including anxiety, dyslexia and suicidal thoughts) and have a moving discussion about how to support neurodiverse individuals, including-- Active Learning Different Ways to Share Information  Inclusive Environments Why Every Individual needs to hear “You are not the problem!”  Jonathan tells Dr. Dan one thing parents can do today to help their neurodiverse son or daughter and then shares a very personal Parent Footprint moment. Jonathan Mooney’s books are considered foundational texts in the disability rights movement, the inclusive education movement, and the learning revolution and are used in undergraduate and graduate programs at universities and colleges across the country including Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and Teachers College, Columbia University. For more information about Jonathan’s revolutionary work and advocacy please visit: . See for privacy information.
Dec 05, 2019
Eat, Laugh, Talk: The Family Dinner Playbook with Brianne DeRosa - Ep 73
Just in time for holiday meals, Dr. Dan enthusiastically welcomes author and food writer Brianne DeRosa to discuss family dinners, family meals and the recently released book Eat, Laugh, Talk: The Family Dinner Playbook.  Today’s episode will help parents and families hungry for meaningful meals come together at the table.  Brianne explains how the new book proves the enduring importance of family meals and redefines the concept of family dinner for modern families so that we can all look forward to dinner (or breakfast or lunch).  Dr. Dan and Bri discuss dining-related topics including what the research says about the benefits of family dinners, The Family Dinner Project organization’s mission, and the revelation that “Food + Fun + Conversation” are the three key ingredients to a meaningful family dinner (or meal). Over 20 years of research has shown what parents have known for a long time: regular family meals lead to long-term benefits, including higher resilience, self-esteem, and grade-point-averages, and lower rates of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, eating disorders, and depression. Dr. Dan and Bri tackle common obstacles to gathering the whole family for a meal such as busy lives, stress, lack of time, picky eaters, and conflicting work schedules as well as how to follow the family rule “No One Eats Alone Rule” (even if it means Face-timing during dinner!). Brianne DeRosa, MFA, is the Content Manager for The Family Dinner Project and co-author of Eat, Laugh, Talk: The Family Dinner Playbook. As a freelance writer and consultant to nonprofit organizations, she has spent over a decade working in communications, program development and creative initiatives. Bri runs her own food blog, Red, Round or Green and has contributed to the Cooking with Trader Joe's: Easy Lunchboxes cookbook as well as the Cooking Light Dinnertime Survival Guide. She has also written for numerous outlets including Motherwell Magazine, Yahoo! Parenting, HandPicked Nation, KidsNation Magazine, Real Mom Nutrition and The Lunch Tray. Bri has the opportunity to practice her family dinner skills every day with her husband and two young sons.  This episode ends with Bri’s thoughtful Parent Footprint moment.  Bon appetit! # # # About The Family Dinner Project: A nonprofit initiative started in 2010, The Family Dinner Project champions family dinner as an opportunity for family members to connect with each other through food, fun, and conversation about things that matter. More than 20 years of scientific research shows "why" family mealtimes are so important. The Family Dinner Project provides the "how" for today's busy families. The Family Dinner Project team members come from varied personal and professional backgrounds. They are parents and non-parents, and their ages range from "young professional" to 'Medicare-eligible.' Their collective professional experience includes education, family therapy, research, food, social work, marketing and communication. With nonprofit partners and local champions, The Family Dinner Project team works online and at community events to help families increase the frequency, meaning, and long- term benefits of their shared meals. The Family Dinner Project is based in Boston at Massachusetts General Hospital's Psychiatry Academy. NOTE: All the authors’ proceeds will benefit The Family Dinner Project’s nonprofit community programs. Book Contributors: Lynn Barendsen  Brianne DeRosa  Anne K. Fishel, PhD  Shelly London  Cindil Redick-Ponte More information: Website Twitter @FDP_Tweets Instagram @thefamilydinnerproject Facebook  @thefamilydinnerproject See for privacy information.
Nov 21, 2019
Warrior Parent Coaching with Cass and Len Arcuri - Ep 72
Dr. Dan welcomes Cass and Len Arcuri, the founders of Warrior Parent Coaching to the Parent Footprint podcast. Today’s two guests teach listeners how all parents can transform into “Warrior Parents” as a way to help their child.   Cass Arcuri spent her career in marketing, sales, creative development and business development. When her son got sick she took a three year sabbatical so that she could focus on healing. Cass understands the body’s innate power to heal. She has put in over 15,000 hours in the kitchen - creating recipes to accommodate allergies and special diets. Cass is a certified Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Len Arcuri’s professional background and expertise is in process improvement. Len loves to help clients achieve their goals, realize their potential and upgrade their body, mind and life. He’s a Six Sigma Master Blackbelt and a certified Bulletproof Human Potential Institute Coach. His coaching combines proven productivity tools and biohacking to get results faster with greater ease. Dr. Dan interviews Cass and Len about their life-changing journey which started when their son received an autism diagnosis at a young age.   During today’s show, Cass and Len share intimate details about their personal experiences with autism, diet modification, and environmental toxins.   The Warrior Parent Coaching program grew out of Cass and Len’s roles as “Mom and Dad” and today is a thriving personal coaching program for many parents.  Episode 72 covers:    What is Warrior Parent Coaching?  How did Cass and Len start their organization?   The role of Empowerment and Mindset as part of the transformation to “Warrior Parent.” Warrior Parent Coaching is a support program that is whole child based and includes nutrition. Cass and Len tell us about their own experience with diet and nutrition. How Cass and Len’s son is doing today.    And much more including listening to your intuition, asking for help, striving for a strong relationship as parents, and envisioning your child’s dreams (wishes do come true!).  Cass and Len’s two eye-opening Parent Footprint moments.  For more information about Warrior Parent Coaching and Cass and Len visit See for privacy information.
Nov 07, 2019
Teens and National Eczema Awareness Month, with Christine Triano - Ep 71
October is National Eczema Awareness month and today Dr. Dan Peters welcomes expert Christine Triano, MSW, LCSW, the Director of Mental Health at the Center for Connection in Pasadena, CA.  Today’s interview about often misunderstood chronic diseases and conditions offers helpful advice for all parents raising teenagers. Christine Triano is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of adolescents, adults, families and creative professionals. Her strengths-based approach ensures that counselling addresses not just what's going wrong, but identifies and nurtures what is going right. She strives to help clients make new discoveries about themselves and identify ways to overcome the obstacles they face—which is why she joined the Understand AD (atopic dermatitis) Squad. Her work at the AD Squad includes encouraging patients with chronic diseases to open up about their personal experience and she helps teens realize their condition does not define them. Dr. Dan and Christine discuss these questions:      What are the psychological and social impacts of living with eczema (and similar conditions) as a teen?   Advice for  parents who are navigating raising a child with eczema.   Atopic dermatitis is a severe form of eczema. What is the Understand AD Squad?    How parents can control their own stress (so that they don’t amplify their child’s stress)?   Teaching resilience, self-care, and other life skills for teens.  The show ends with Christine’s Parent Footprint Moment. Christine Triano holds a Masters in Social Work from California State University, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Political Science from Tufts University in Medford, MA. Highlights of her professional experience include working with Eastlake Youth Services, Verdugo Hills Hospital, Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles, Jewish Family Services, and Gateways Hospital & Mental Health Center, where she spent five years as an adolescent psychiatric social worker.  Most recently, Christine ran the Mental Health Counseling program at AMDA College & Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Hollywood. A proud native New Yorker, Christine enjoyed many years as a writer, media consultant, and documentary film and television producer before earning her MSW. She continues to pursue her passion for storytelling through documentary projects highlighting the importance of connection and community. As writer and co-producer of Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home, she received the VOICE Award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for educating the public about the experiences of people in recovery from mental illness.  More recently, she wrote and co-produced the 2016 documentary feature, Los Punks: We Are All We Have, chronicling the vibrant DIY punk rock scene in East and South Los Angeles. For more information visit about Christine Tirano and her work visit:  and Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training® See for privacy information.
Oct 24, 2019
How to Be a Heroic Parent, with Dr. Brad Reedy, PhD - EP 70
Episode 70 Dr. Brad Reedy How to Be a Heroic Parent with Dr. Brad Reedy, PhD Today Dr. Dan welcomes Dr. Brad Reedy to the podcast to discuss his inspiring work and book The Journey of the Heroic Parent. Co-owner and the Clinical Director of Evoke Therapy Programs, Dr. Brad Reedy, PhD believes all parents can be heroic parents.  His work helps struggling adolescents, young-adults and families embark on a journey to a happier, healthier relationship — and in doing so they can achieve understanding and love. An acclaimed speaker, author, and podcast host, Dr. Brad Reedy works with parents who want to provide their children with a safe haven in the midst of today’s challenges. He provides parents with principles and skills critical for a child’s healthy development. Parents dealing with many challenging issues (anxiety/depression, school problems, substance abuse, communication difficulties, defiance/behavioral difficulties, self-harm) will want to tune into today’s informative interview.  In Episode 70, Dr. Dan and Dr. Reedy discuss the tools to help children cope, build confidence, and thrive in many circumstances including: Why “heroic” parenting? What is the heroic aspect of parenting Dr. Reedy discusses in his book? What are the things parents can do to reduce or inoculate their children from anxiety and stress? What roles do “parent shame” and “guilt” play into parenting? Should parents filter the feelings they share with their children? What is the most common mistake new parents (or parents) make? How do you account for the rise in anxiety, depression, self-harm, and suicide in today’s youth? The show ends with Dr. Reedy’s deeply moving and personal Parent Footprint moment.  Dr. Brad Reedy has his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a Co-owner and the Clinical Director of Evoke Therapy Programs, an experientially-based therapy program for adolescents, young-adults and families. Previously, as owner and partner, Dr. Reedy served as a Primary Therapist, Clinical Director and Executive Director for a program that became the most successful wilderness therapy program in the country. He has served on the Board of the Utah Department of Child and Family Services, the Board of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, and the En Garde Arts Board, a New York based theatre company. He is a prolific public speaker and has been invited to deliver keynote addresses at conferences, private events, nationally syndicated radio shows, and universities on experiential therapy, mental health, childhood issues, parenting, and organizational health. He is also the host of the podcast for Evoke Therapy Programs on iTunes and Soundcloud and has broadcast over 1000 webinars on mental health topics and parent and family issues. To find out more about Heroic Parenting and Dr. Reedy’s work and book go to and See for privacy information.
Oct 10, 2019
The Wonder Weeks, with Xaviera Plas - Ep.69
Dr. Dan welcomes author/CEO of The Wonder Weeks book and app Xaviera Plas-Plooij to today’s episode.  Listeners will love this informative discussion about the just released sixth edition of the internationally bestselling book THE WONDER WEEKS: A STRESS-FREE GUIDE TO YOUR BABY’S BEHAVIOR.  Xaviera Plas-Plooij, mother of three, has one mission: to give parents the tools they need in order to fully understand their baby’s mental and emotional development. Daughter of Dr. Frans X. Plooij and Dr. Hetty van de Rijt, founding authors of The Wonder Weeks, Plas-Plooij has significantly revised and modernized the sixth edition of THE WONDER WEEKS. This award-winning book offers a refreshing new paradigm for parenting, one in which fussy phases can be viewed positively. In addition, she launched a bestselling app so parents can track the ten magical leaps that their baby makes, on a personalized schedule. With more than two million copies sold of the book, and more than four million downloads of the companion app, THE WONDER WEEKS has struck a chord.  After listening to today’s episode and Xaviera’s Parent Footprint moment, every parent will want to know more about the phenomenon that has been embraced by celebrities, social media influencers, and parents, worldwide. As a writer, columnist, and a popular speaker, Xaviera Plas is in 24/7 contact with parents around the globe. Plas-Plooij is a trusted member of the Lumi by Pampers Expert Advisory Panel. For more information on Xaviera and The Wonder Weeks visit: Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Sep 19, 2019
The Importance of Sleep for Young People, with Dr. Valerie Crabtree
Dr. Dan welcomes Dr. Valerie Crabtree of the acclaimed St. Jude’s Research Hospital to Episode 68 to discuss the importance of sleep for young people. Dr. Valerie Crabtree has a bold statement for Dr. Dan and all parents: “Sleep is the third pillar of health, along with nutrition and movement, that keeps us healthy and balanced.”  Dr. Crabtree is the Chief of Psychosocial Services at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and her critical advice for young people on the importance of getting enough sleep is eye-opening:  “Insufficient sleep contributes to making us overweight, sick and sluggish. We literally clean our brains while we sleep, washing away harmful toxins and making room for memories to be stored. In children and teenagers, poor or insufficient sleep is related to poorer organization, poorer memory, and academic difficulties,” Dr. Crabtree writes in a recent and widely shared article for Your Teen Magazine. As the lead researcher on sleep and fatigue in children undergoing cancer treatment and brain tumor survivors, sleep is a major focus for Dr. Crabtree, which she highlights in her recent TedX Talk (Memphis) on how very early school start times are detrimental to the health of teenagers as well as those around them.  She suggests teens aren’t lazy, rather they are just sleepy – and explores the questions: why do we follow CDC guidelines and AAP recommendations when it comes to vaccinations and washing our hands, but not their guidance when it comes to school start times? Dr. Crabtree, who is also a parent of two teens, indicates that sleepy, grumpy, overtired teenagers are a hallmark of American schools – but we must ensure our children get adequate sleep. In this episode of the Parent Footprint podcast and in Dr. Crabtree’s work (and her recent Your Teen article) she addresses and answers many questions including: How she got interested in sleep and studying sleep. How does sleep relate to childhood cancer research? Why is sleep called on of the pillars of health? Does she think we take sleep for granted in our culture? Why? What the APA recommends regarding sleep in adolescents and teens and school start times. Her own experience raising teenage boys and trying to get them to learn the importance of health sleep? Does she think there are many school systems not following these guidelines of the APA? And is it starting to change? What are some examples of successful school districts that have enacted later school start times?  What positive benefits are they seeing? Her experience trying to make this change in her own district and how can parents advocate for later school start times? Dr. Dan and Dr. Crabtree’s interview will wake up all listeners when it comes to sleep! For more information on Dr. Crabtree and her work visit: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and cures childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. St. Jude is ranked the No. 1 pediatric cancer hospital by U.S. News & World Report. Treatments developed at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. To learn more, visit or follow St. Jude on social media at @stjuderesearch. See for privacy information.
Aug 15, 2019
Surviving and Thriving with Dyslexia Advocate Don Winn
Dr. Dan welcomes dyslexia advocate and author Don Winn to Episode 67. Don has struggled with dyslexia for his entire life and also deals with dysgraphia (trouble with writing) and dyscalculia (trouble with numbers, math, and sequencing). School—because it involved reading, writing, math, and memorizing things in sequence (the alphabet, multiplication tables, etc.)—was a nightmare for him but the happy ending that will resonate will all listeners of the Parent Footprint podcast with Dr. Dan is that not only did Don survive school (and growing up) -- he thrived!  Today, Don Winn is an author, speaker, blogger and advocate who shares helpful information so that parents and educators can help their dyslexic children and students to understand the condition and guide kids with patience, optimism, and perseverance.    On this episode, Dr. Dan and Don talk about many important subjects including:   Don’s dyslexia journey as a child and as an adult     The importance of parents understanding dyslexia and what it means for their child   Dyslexic strengths   What happens when children, teens, adults accept their dyslexia challenges?     The importance of parents examining what worked/ didn't work for them in their own childhood   Don Winn’s Parent Footprint Moment Don Winn’s forthcoming non-fiction book, Raising a Child with Dyslexia: What Every Parent Needs To Know, addresses all aspects of dyslexia, including social and emotional learning. Using current, cutting edge research, this user-friendly guide for parents and educators will help prepare their child to be a reader from infancy. These tools and techniques are proven to help all children, not just those with dyslexia.  Don is also the author of the award-winning four-book Sir Kaye the Boy Knight series of chapter books for middle readers and of thirteen picture books for young readers and his articles about dyslexia and reading have appeared on TODAY Parenting, Fostering Families Today and MD Monthly, among many others. For more information about Don Winn visit: Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Aug 01, 2019
The Boy Crisis (and what parents can do about it) with Deb Blum
Dr. Dan welcomes life/parent coach and expert (and mom to two boys) Deb Blum to the podcast today for a meaningful conversation about the "Boy Crisis" and raising healthy boys. Deb lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their 15 and 17 year old boys. She’s been a management & technology consultant for over 25 years. Ten years ago, Deb found herself at a personal crisis point – suffering the consequences of unhealed trauma, completely disconnected from herself, on the brink of divorce – bitter, blaming and hopeless. Deb learned that to be a good leader, parent and partner – she needed to show up for herself first which is aligned with the Parent Footprint mission and eventually led to her life’s work. After reading the book The Boy Crisis, Deb’s life changed dramatically and drastically as she learned that it's a myth that boys and men are doing fine. In fact, she discovered that all humans are facing an impending epic catastrophe if our boys continue to struggle and then grow into men who aren't engaged and positively contributing to our society. Deb passionately tells Dr. Dan that this is not a zero sum game -- she believes we're all in this together and when any group isn't doing well, it impacts everyone.  Dr. Dan and Deb agree that our boys need us and discuss provocative topics in today’s podcast including --  What are some of the ways that boys are in crisis? Three ways parents/moms can help boys Why boys need dads and positive male role models Why it is time to wake up and listen and why they need help in all areas: schools, relationships, families, the media - even the government! How to have a real relationship with your son Deb’s compelling Parent Footprint moment and what it can teach every parent In addition to her coaching and consulting work, Deb Blum is the co-founder of a large local parent community, Redwood Parents Connect; the founder of the Center for the Well-being of Boys; and a strategic advisor for the Marin County Restorative Youth Court.  She is also the official moderator Dr. Warren Farrell’s Facebook Group - (Dr. Warren Farrell is the author of The Boy Crisis and one of the original advocates for boys and men).  Finally, Deb Blum is part of the coalition to create a White House Council for Boys and Men: For  more information visit and Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Jul 18, 2019
Parenting To Your Child’s Temperament + Inner Drive with Wendy Gossett
Dr. Dan welcomes Wendy Gossett, M. Ed. (an author, Temperament Specialist and Founder of Temperament Coaching) to today’s show to discuss temperament and parenting. Wendy is a child temperament specialist who helps parents learn how to “see” their kids, not through their own biased lens, but through the lens of their child’s natural temperament.   Wendy starts off the show discussing her own parenting journey and how her own daughter inspired her life’s work. Wendy Gossett’s Child Temperament test will help parents everywhere to understand their child or children (and her adult test will help parents understand themselves).  Her work with parents shows parents how to uncover their "true type” so they can be self-aware and differentiate their strengths from their kids. Many times parents have unrealistic expectations that come from their own temperament biases.   Today’s show tackles many topics including:  How Wendy started using temperament psychology with families (Hint: she was a corporate trainer using Myers Briggs, Keirsey and Carl Jung.) What is temperament exactly? Is temperament determined by nature or nurture? How early can a parent  tell a child’s temperament?  Wendy’s viral video and why you should watch it today! And more including Wendy’s Parent Footprint Moment.  Wendy Gossett, MA, is a Parenting and Relationship Specialist based in Denver, Colorado. She has worked with countless parents helping them to understand their children better by using temperament psychology. EEG maps in Neuroscience validate temperament as a tool for comprehending the eight psychological functions of the brain, which help people see and understand each other from the inside out. She has also worked with many Fortune 500 companies as a trainer and facilitator. In addition to her expertise in the field of temperament psychology, Wendy has a master’s degree with over twenty years of experience in all areas of training including parenting her own daughter who is her complete opposite. She is a contributing writer for Denver Parent and Mile High Mamas and for the past decade, she has been compiling all her acquired knowledge and experience with families into a comprehensive parenting textbook YOUR CHILD’S INNER DRIVE to help parents have a “User Manual” for their children, which will be published soon. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Jul 04, 2019
Everybody Loves Grace with Katy McQuaid
Dr. Dan welcomes the incredibly inspiring author and leadership consultant Katy McQuaid to the Parent Footprint podcast today. Katy McQuaid spent more than three decades in the CIA, including 12 years living abroad. Her work in communities all over the world and the endearing, unconditional love of her four-legged muse Grace inspired her to write the “Everybody Loves Grace” series of illustrated books. Parents, kids of all ages, executives, and organizational leaders hail the series as a beacon of hope and inspiration for anyone navigating change or challenging circumstances. Through her children’s book series, Katy introduces us to Grace, her loving, wise, and fluffy Finnish Lapphund who is the central character in this illustrated children’s book series aimed at giving kids hope and courage as they face life’s many challenges. The series “Everybody Loves Grace,” and the newest book – “Everybody Loves Grace: An Amazing True Story of Grace’s Adventure to the Grand Canyon” is out now. Through Grace (the character and the real dog), Katy teaches us life lessons including: Uncertainty can be wonderful. Simple acts of kindness really make a difference. If you make direct eye contact and you will really connect. Every day is an adventure! Dr. Dan and Katy discuss many relatable topics in today’s episode and they offer advice listeners can start to implement today. This interview will change the way every family sees the world and lives in it -- all thanks to Grace. More about Katy: Katy is the founder of McQuaid Corporate Performance, LLC and a graduate of Penn State University where she attended on a full scholarship, lettered all four years as a swimmer, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance. She is also a graduate of the Vanguard Executive Development Program at Duke University, the Pinnacle Executive Leader Program at Kellogg’s School of Management, and is currently finalizing her studies to become a certified trainer for Conscious Transformation. Katy’s goal is to support people and organizations in experiencing successful, meaningful, and empowered transformations.  Katy was the first female Senior Executive in the CIA’s Logistics Career Service as well as the first Senior Executive Support Officer in the South Asia War Theater (and the first and only female to date in the position). She also held a key Support Officer position during the transition of US intelligence activities from one city to another in one of the largest European offices. Katy served as an Elder at Pathways Church in Denver, Colorado and currently serves as Chair of the Dorcas Aid America Board of Directors. Learn more at See for privacy information.
Jun 20, 2019
Good Schooling with Alison Morrow
Dr. Dan welcomes Alison Morrow to today’s show to discuss homeschooling and her work as a  homeschool coach and founder of Alison Morrow is a former classroom teacher and veteran homeschool mom of two. Alison and her husband Dan created Good Schooling to provide resources designed to empower, equip, and encourage those wanting to homeschool. Alison’s one-of-a-kind program gives parents important information about the homeschooling choice and also helps families transition to homeschooling. Alison explains to Dr. Dan that our own educational experiences as children influence the choices we make for our own children's educations, and discusses how homeschooling can help parents to create a better parenting footprint by increasing and deepening their connection with their children.   Alison’s interview reveals that what matters for all children is “Good Schooling” -- and the path to that is one parents can choose and shape and customize for their child. For many families the conventional school system isn't the best fit for them. In Episode 63, Dr. Dan discusses many important topics with Alison including: - The myths of homeschooling - what is it and how does it work? -Why do families choose homeschooling? - How can homeschooling help children begin to form their own healthy self-concept? - Can homeschooled children be healthily socialized? - Can homeschooled children get into college (and be eligible for academic or athletic scholarships)? - Aren’t most homeschoolers conservative Christians? What if parents aren’t religious? - If a child is a different learner – can he or she still homeschooled? - How does homeschooling address conventional learning? -What are some examples of unconventional and creative learning children can experience as a result of homeschooling? Dr. Dan wraps up today’s interview with the Parent Footprint question. Alison’s heartfelt answer will lead listeners to reflect on their own parenting journey. For more information about Alison and GoodSchooling, visit Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Jun 06, 2019
Empower your Child in the Water (and in Life) with Michelle Lang
Just in time for summer, Dr. Dan interviews Michelle Lang (swim instructor to the stars and so much more!) about swimming, water safety, empowered living, and much more in this timely interview. Did you know drowning is the number one cause of accidental death for kids ages 1-4? Did you also know drowning is -- in most cases -- totally preventable? Michelle Lang, author of the new book A MERMAID’S GUIDE: Empower Your Child in Water and in Life, tells Dr. Dan and the Parent Footprint podcast listeners how to keep children safe this summer (and anytime kids are around water).  Dr. Dan and Michelle discuss the Relaxation Based Swimming Method, the three phases of swimming, how to be a better swimmer at any age, Michelle’s Golden Rules, and the lessons swimming can teach us all about life and success. Michelle travels the globe teaching kids how to swim and has given over 10,000 swim lessons (including lessons to Kim Kardashian’s children as well as Simon Cowell’s and Sarah Michelle Geller’s!). Her tips and calm approach to swimming will allow all families to enjoy a summer without anxiety and fear about drowning. There are so many life lessons from today’s interview (useful both inside and outside of the water) listeners will take away many lessons from today’s show about topics ranging from water safety, anxiety, empowerment, courage, awareness, to how to “Be The Buddha” in your life!  The show ends with Michelle’s wonderful and inspiring Parent Footprint Moment.  Author Michelle Lang is a modern spiritualist, certified Reiki practitioner, black belt martial artist and childhood swim prodigy. Michelle is a thought leader when it comes to keeping your sanity while giving your child the tools they need to achieve greatness. Her work goes beyond the pool!  Michelle graduated from Northwestern University before moving to Los Angeles. She used her prestigious education, training from the American Red Cross, and experience teaching over ten thousand swim lessons to create her highly effective and revolutionary method, RELAXATION BASED SWIMMING. Michelle works with Hollywood's biggest celebrities and travels internationally teaching lessons and educating parents about what they can do to help their child succeed, both in water and in life. Michelle's husband, Ian Nelms, is a critically acclaimed filmmaker and co-creator of Relaxation Based Swimming. Michelle and Ian live with their two children in Los Angeles. For more information go to: See for privacy information.
May 31, 2019
The Emotionally Healthy Child, with Maureen Healy
Dr. Dan welcomes author and parenting expert Maureen Healy of Growing Happy to discuss her new and inspiring book The Emotionally Healthy Child: Helping Your Child Calm, Center, and Make Smarter Choices. Growing up has never been easy, but today’s world presents kids and their parents with unprecedented challenges. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that 25 percent of children experience anxiety and 14 percent have a mood disorder, and National Public Radio shared that as many as five million public school students have mental-emotional issues such as depression and anxiety. Today Dr. Dan talks to award-winning author and international speaker Maureen Healy about emotional health and much more.  In her book The Emotionally Healthy Child, Maureen Healy explains that emotional health is the ability identify emotions and to make better choices, even when feeling anger or another big emotion. She explains to Dr. Dan that the ability to — Stop, Calm, and Make a Smarter Choice — are key to expressing emotions constructively. During today’s podcast interview listeners will hear about what children need to know, what children need to do, and what speeds up the process of emotional health. In addition, Dr. Dan and Maureen Healy discuss what age to start working on emotional health, the feeling brain vs. the thinking brain, mindfulness tools, the inspiring words the Dalai Lama wrote about Maureen’s book ( "I hope Maureen Healy's book - The Emotionally Healthy Child - will contribute to a more wholesome education for future generations"), her studies with happiness teachers globally, the concept of wholeness, and much more -- including Maureen’s Parent Footprint Moment.  Maureen Healy is an award-winning author, speaker and leader in the field of children’s emotional health. Maureen writes a popular blog for Psychology Today and her first book Growing Happy Kids won the Nautilus and Readers’ Favorite book awards. With over fifteen years of years of experience, Maureen has counseled thousands of parents and their children, worked with educators globally, taught in the classroom, and given keynote talks throughout North America, Europe and Asia. She’s also appeared across all media outlets including AOL’s “The Fatherhood Project” with Hank Azaria, and Scholastic magazine. Maureen’s earned a BA and MBA from Clark University in Worcester, MA and a PhD in Child Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
May 16, 2019
Fatherly with Joshua David Stein
Dr. Dan is excited to speak to Joshua David Stein, a Dad and the editor-at-large at A prolific writer, Joshua David Stein is responsible for editorial initiatives across the company and serves as the host of The Fatherly Podcast. A popular children’s book author, Joshua David Stein’s writing has appeared in The Guardian, GQ, The New York Times, New York and many more publications.  Dr. Dan is thrilled to talk all things Dad, fathers, and even grandfathers with Joshua David Stein in episode 60. Fatherly’s mission is to empower men to raise great kids and lead more fulfilling adult lives. It’s the premiere destination for Dads today. From original video series and deep dive reports to podcasts and events, Fatherly offers original reporting, expert parenting advice, and hard-won insights into a challenging, but profoundly rewarding stage of life.  Dr. Dan and Joshua discuss:  What it means to be a modern father Dad Guilt (yes it exists!) Advice for Dads to be more present/involved with their children/families The best advice for fathers (and how that advice aligns with the philosophy of Parent Footprint) The Fatherly Podcast Why Dads should spend enough time with their kids so that the children ignore you! And more! Dr. Dan and Joshua passionately agree on the importance of equitably sharing in the labor (and joys!) of child-rearing with your co-parent and the value of being present as much as possible. Joshua’s deeply honest and vulnerable Parent Footprint Moment helps to wrap up this remarkable show which redefines fatherhood and will inspire Dads everywhere to explore their own personal journey. For more information on Joshua and podcast information: Also, watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Apr 25, 2019
Neurodiversity, Strategic Learning and Reaching Your Child’s Potential with Dr. Devon MacEachron
Dr. Dan welcomes his friend and colleague Dr. Devon MacEachron on Episode 59. Dr. Devon’s lifelong work helps families as they navigate neurodiversity, learning, and education on their parenting journeys. Dr. Dan embraces Dr. Devon’s method of framing neurodiversity as a super-power (and not a weakness) and agrees this shift is life-changing for children and families. Recently, Dr. Devon’s inspiring video about neurodiversity went viral with over 26 millions views. As a parent of neurodiverse children herself and a specialist in twice-exceptional and gifted learners, Dr. Devon is a respected expert diagnostician who provides actionable game-plans to families to enable students to achieve their potential. Listen to Dr. Devon as she debunks neuromyths, shares some of her favorite blogs, gives her top three tips to parents of neurodiverse children, and talks about her own trial-and-error as a parent including her entertaining and poignant Parent Footprint Moment. Today Dr. Devon runs a thriving New York-based psychology practice she founded in 2014 to meet the educational planning and psychoeducational assessment needs of families of bright learners seeking to optimize learning and achievement. Like Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint, Dr. Devon uses a strengths-based and positive psychology perspective. Her mission is to help position students to achieve their goals and dreams, and for parents to feel confident that they are doing the best for their child in ways that will make a real difference in their child’s life for years to come. Dr. Devon earned a B.A. from Amherst College (graduating in the first class of admitted women), an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (graduating in the top 3% of her class), and her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. For more information visit: Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Apr 11, 2019
Clutter-free Parenting with Laura Carlin
Dr. Dan is very excited to welcome Laura Carlin to the Parent Footprint podcast today. Laura is the author of the new book CLUTTER-FREE PARENTING: MAKING SPACE IN YOUR HOME FOR THE MAGIC OF CHILDHOOD AND THE JOY OF PARENTHOOD and she inspired parents and families everywhere. Laura Carlin talks to Dr. Dan about the role that clearing clutter can play in parenting and in our children's lives. Laura explains her own childhood love of clutter-clearing and how clearing clutter can help raise confident, compassionate children who have the space to discover their passions, learn, grow, and have fun--undistracted by an endless stream of "things" they don't need and really don't want.  Today’s show will help parents get a jumpstart on spring cleaning while also bringing more love and joy into their homes right now. Laura tells Dr. Dan to start by asking “Is your home working for you or against you?” and this starting point will easily guide families. Laura shares a great lesson about how her own sister (and co-author of the book) cleared her tupperware drawer and it instantly increased her daily joy and her ability to be present.  The Clutter-Free parenting method teaches moms and dads everywhere how to:  -Regain time and energy in their day -Create a home filled only with things they love or use -Inspire children to be collaborators in a clutter-free home -Prevent clutter from accumulating in the first place -Use clutter-clearing to be more mindful and present Laura’s advice is truly life-changing: if you own anything that is not loved or not useful then it should not be in your home! And how you clear clutter is as important as what you clear! Dr. Dan encourages listeners to start decluttering today to achieve immediate clarity and peace. The interview ends with Laura’s Parent Footprint Moment about authenticity and it is a great example of how everything starts with parents.  Author Laura Carlin is a Simplicity Parenting coach and has inspired hundreds of people to transform their homes and lives through her workshops and lifestyle brand, Laura received a Master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, and her Bachelor of Science in Communications from Northwestern University. She also graduated from the Western School of Feng Shui™ and lives with her husband and two sons. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Mar 28, 2019
Simple Acts with Natalie Silverstein
Dr. Dan welcomes author Natalie Silverstein to episode #57. Beyond the homework, screen-time, and endless activities, there are bigger challenges for modern parents: figuring out how to raise compassionate, generous, civic-minded children. In her new book SIMPLE ACTS: THE BUSY FAMILY’S GUIDE TO GIVING BACK , Natalie Silverstein offers hundreds of practical ideas for incorporating service and the spirit of giving into your family life. Today’s show (and Natalie’s book) is a call to action for all parents to model good values, teach volunteerism, and ultimately help those in need. Natalie Silverstein is the New York volunteer coordinator of Doing Good Together in New York City. She believes it’s never too early to get kids in the habit of service and Dr. Dan enthusiastically agrees!  In today’s interview, Dr. Dan and Natalie Silverstein discuss: Living your values Making service a priority Volunteering -- how we teach our children compassion by modeling it How to choose community-service options that are right for your family How to create easy kindness project (at the kitchen table) Ideas for integrating volunteerism into your jam-packed schedule How to talk to children about inequality and suffering in an age-appropriate way And much more! Dr. Dan explains how saying yes to service means we are saying no to something else. It is important that we prioritize living our values every single day—remember our kids are always watching. As parents we are creating our children’s foundation of lifelong giving and service. At the end of the interview in her Parent Footprint moment Natalie gives listeners a terrific lesson about how sometimes parents miss the mark but that life lessons can be learned in almost any situation. Natalie Silverstein, MPH, is the volunteer coordinator of Doing Good Together TM in New York City. She is a frequent consultant and presenter to parents, faculty, students, and community groups on the topic of family service, and is a contributor to parenting blogs GrownAndFlown and MommyPoppins. She holds a Master's Degree in Public Health from Yale University. She and her family regularly make time to volunteer in their community. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Mar 22, 2019
Terrific Toddlers with Carol Zeavin and Rhona Silverbush
Dr. Dan welcomes the authors of the new book series TERRIFIC TODDLERS today. Authors Carol Zeavin, MSEd, Med, and Rhona Silverbush, JD, give parents, educators and caregivers ways to help toddlers overcome their daily dramas including boo-boo's, sharing and saying bye-bye to mommy and daddy. Published by the American Psychological Association/Magination Press this series will help families struggling with the toddler years. The authors explain how they used groundbreaking research to craft age-appropriate stories that take into account the language level and comprehension level of a toddler. Dr. Dan focuses on how these books will empower parents because they all include a “Note to Parents and Caregivers” feature that provides parents with important guidelines for navigating these challenges and helping their toddlers understand their world. Dr. Dan leads the discussion with the two authors about these two titles -- Bye-Bye! In All Mine! The show ends like always with the Parent Footprint Moment question. Carol Zeavin holds master's degrees in education and special education from Bank Street College, worked with infants and toddlers for nearly a decade as head teacher at Rockefeller University Child and Family Center and Barnard's Toddler Development Center, and worked at Y.A.I. and Theracare. She lives in New York, NY.  Rhona Silverbush studied psychology and theater at Brandeis University and law at Boston College Law School. She represented refugees and has written and co-written several books, including a guide to acting Shakespeare. She currently coaches actors, writes, tutors, and consults for families of children and teens with learning differences and special needs. She lives in New York, NY.  Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Feb 28, 2019
A New Theory of Teenagers: Seven Transformational Strategies to Empower You and Your Teen with Dr. Christa Santangelo
Today’s episode of the Parent Footprint podcast with Dr. Dan will help families thrive in the midst of the tumultuous teen years. Guest Dr. Christa Santangelo is an author, a psychologist and an assistant clinical professor at the University of California-San Francisco and her new book will transform every family. In her decades of work, Dr. Santangelo has witnessed many relationships devastated by the emotional hurricane that teenagers can inflict on a family. Dr. Santangelo talks to Dr. Dan about ways to resolve teen-parent conflict and gives us all a new way to parent teens. Dr. Dan (a loving Dad to teens himself) emphasizes how parents must focus on their own emotions and triggers before they can successfully parent their teens. In her book A New Theory of Teenagers and on today’s episode, Dr. Santangelo shares with parents the advice, tips, support, and big-picture overview they need to see the teen years as an opportunity for growth and for positive relationship changes. Dr. Dan and Dr. Santangelo agree that integrating conventional psychology with alternative methods (such as yoga and meditation and deep breathing) will help a parent approach the relationship with solid footing and then they can work with their teen on  building trust and understanding emotions. If parents bring a mindful and positive and non-reactive approach to their teens, the experience will be positive for each individual. Listeners will learn a lot from today’s show including: The importance of being in touch with our own emotions Parent Time-Outs! Trust and Mistrust (give your teen room to explore and then lower your expectations!) The role non-verbal communications plays in your teen parenting How parenting a teen is an inward journey of growth and change for the parent And more The show ends with a powerful Parent Footprint Moment -- Dr. Santangelo reveals how one day in the emergency room with her daughter she was forced to reframe her own feelings of helplessness as a Mom and use that experience to reset her parenting expectations in a positive way. Christa Santangelo, Ph.D is a clinical psychologist in private practice and on faculty at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Santangelo has been in practice for twenty years and during that time has utilized approaches to change, which include short-term solution-focused work, cognitive-behavioral strategies, analytic, mindfulness-based and others. She was trained at Yale University and holds advanced training in yoga/meditation and using mind-body approaches to healing. For more information visit: Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Feb 27, 2019
Ain’t You Got No Manners? Should You be Friends with your Kids on Social Media? with Kristin Johnson
Dr. Dan welcomes author of “the bible for social media” Kristin Johnson to today’s show to discuss teens, parents, manners and social media.  Kristin is a prize-winning writer, blogger, ghostwriting/creative writing consultant, screenwriter, and editor. Her new book AIN'T "U" GOT NO MANNERS is a go-to guide filled with secrets and common sense for surviving -- and thriving -- in our brave new digital world. Are you worried about your kids and teens on social media? What is good and bad about living an online life? What do we do when our kids are consumed by their digital life? And should parents be friends with their kids on social media? Kristin shares the story behind the book, practical advice (including etiquette tips) and more technology rules such as: Every child is different just like every family is different. Set rules that work for your child. Yes you can be “friends” with your child on social media.  But NEVER send “friend requests” to your kid’s online friends (unless you really know him or her) Parents and their children: do you know that most social media apps automatically track locations?  Consider turning this off. Adults and children all need “breaks” and must set times where there is no device.  (Consider: meals, bedtime) Kristin’s Parent Footprint moment is about her role as an aunt and how this special relationship even helped her write this book! Kristin Johnson is a member of the Desert Screenwriters Guild, Society of Children’s Books and Illustrators, and Palm Springs Women in Film and Television. She is graduate of the former Master of Professional Writing Program from the University of Southern California and she has published/collaborated on seven books. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Jan 30, 2019
Time to Parent: Organizing Your Life to Bring Out the Best in Your Child (and You) with Julie Morgenstern
Dr. Dan welcomes organizing & productivity consultant, New York Times best-selling author, and expert speaker Julie Morgenstern ( to today’s episode to discuss her new book Time To Parent which teaches the ways parents can savor time with their children and their own time, too.     Dr. Dan agrees with Julie that parents have struggled with the time equation for generations. In the age of extracurriculars, calendar alerts, and smartphones, the question of how to give your kids undivided attention—and still take care of yourself—looms larger than ever. During today’s discussion Dr. Dan and Julie talk about being present, setting intentions, connecting with your kids, and actionable strategies parents can do right now (with memorable acronyms) and many other topics. Julie’s Parent Footprint moment is about how she conquered her own fear with her daughter on a vacation and how that single lesson helped her parent well during the teen years. For over 30 years, Julie Morgenstern has been teaching people all around the world and at all stages of life how to overcome disorganization to achieve their goals. Her mission is to free each individual to make their unique contribution to the world—by helping them design their own systems for managing time and space that feel natural and are easy to maintain. This Inside Out approach to organizing everything gives readers, listeners, and clients the energy and knowledge they need to get (and stay) organized. Julie has shared her expertise on countless TV and radio outlets, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, The Rachael Ray Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and The National Public Radio. Julie is quoted and featured regularly in a wide variety of publications and has been seen in The New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, Best Life, O Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Fitness Magazine and Men's Health. Julie is the author of the classic tomes Organizing from the Inside Out and Time Management from the Inside Out, both of which have been developed into popular specials for PBS. Julie and her teenage daughter, Jessi Morgenstern-Colon, co-authored Organizing from the Inside Out for Teens. Her workplace productivity and work-life balance tome, Never Check Email in the Morning, is now the basis of a popular training program conducted for Fortune 500 businesses and organizations worldwide. Julie's book Shed Your Stuff, Change Your Life takes her message to a new level, showing people how to use the process of decluttering to 'get unstuck' in their lives. Her latest book is Time to Parent. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Jan 30, 2019
Parenting to Help Young Boys Thrive, with Tosha Shore
Dr. Dan enthusiastically welcomes today’s guest Tosha Schore to talk about a crucial topic for parents and communities across the globe: Raising our boys. Tosha Schore is a parent coach, speaker and co-author with Hand in Hand Parenting founder, Patty Wipfler, of Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges. Tosha is mom to three boys and an advocate for boys and their families worldwide. She is committed to creating lasting change in families and in the world by supporting parents to care for themselves, connect with their boys deeply, set limits lovingly, and play wildly. Tosha holds a BA in Women’s Studies & Language Studies from UCSC, an MA in Applied Linguistics from UCLA, and is a certified teacher and trainer of instructors in Parenting by Connection. Tosha's intense work with boys (along with her book) teaches parents effective ways to build healthy relationships with their boys. She lives by the philosophy that as parents and caregivers transition through changes that are natural in life, families can come through those changes whole and wholly as who they authentically are. Dr. Dan and Tosha discuss the goal of raising respectful, resilient boys by dealing with emotions, hardships, and much more and in doing the work of good listening we are collectively creating a more peaceful world, one boy at a time. Dr. Dan has great questions for Tosha and her examples (from spaghetti to cell phones!) will resonate with listeners everywhere. The discussion includes parenting strategies that will change your relationship with your boys and the tone of your family. As the mom of boys, Tosha shares a brave and honest Parent Footprint moment to close the show. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Dec 27, 2018
Finding the Right College Match with Denise Pope
Dr. Dan welcomes back the inspiring educator, author, and co-founder of Challenge Success. Dr. Denise Pope for Episode 51. Today’s show focuses how to help your child find the right college match. This discussion is based Denise’s recent Challenge Success research and white paper on college admissions. This episode will help parents better navigate the college search and admission process with their child. In this episode, Dr. Dan and Denise have a provocative discussion about the complex college research, search and decision making process.  Denise’s research and paper shift the paradigm on the college selection journey and the result is a less stressful (and hopefully healthier and happier) experience for parents and children -- before, during and after college selection. Research reveals that #2 stressor for high school students today is applying to college (the #1 source of stress is overload). Happily, Denise’s work reveals in its largest finding that the key to success is not where you go to college but how you go. The right fit means your child will and can engage and therefore thrive in college and thrive later in life. This research challenges established opinions about colleges and will change the way every parent think about future education of their child. In this interview Denise gives great guidance on how to select the right schools to apply to and the important considerations including: Engagement - finding mentors, internships, inspiring professors, your preferred major Community - find your people! Climate and location (city vs. country) Size of the school Dr. Dan asks Denise to offer one single piece of advice for all families on the college hunt and her answer will provide instant relief to parent and students: have faith and confidence that YES your child will find the right school and will be happy! The new research demonstrates that there is a place for everyone and that there really is NO significant difference between schools - ivy leagues and so-called top tier schools included. The show wraps up with Denise’s Parent Footprint moment -- kids are always watching the behavior we model whether it is driving or restaurant etiquette or applying to college. Denise Pope, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, where she specializes in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. Challenge Success is an expanded version of the SOS: Stressed-Out Students project that Dr. Pope founded and directed from 2003-2008. She is the author of, “Doing School”: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students (Yale University Press, 2001), which was awarded Notable Book in Education by the American School Board Journal, 2001, and co-author of Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids (Jossey-Bass, 2015). Dr. Pope lectures nationally on parenting techniques and pedagogical strategies to increase student health, engagement with learning, and integrity. She is a 3-time recipient of the Stanford University School of Education Outstanding Teacher and Mentor Award and was honored with the 2012 Education Professor of the Year “Educators’ Voice Award” from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. Prior to teaching at Stanford, Dr. Pope taught high school English in Fremont, CA and college composition and rhetoric courses at Santa Clara University. She lives in Los Altos, CA with her husband and three children. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Dec 13, 2018
Extraordinary People with Gregg and Lauri Ireland
Dr. Dan interviews husband and wife entrepreneurs and parents Gregg and Lori Ireland for Episode 50 in this inspiring episode about their organization Extraordinary Adventures which helps special needs adults work and live independently. Gregg and Lori Ireland are the couple who inspired and continue to help the growth of their non-profit organization, Extraordinary Ventures In 2007 Gregg and Lori faced the problem of what to do with their son, Vinnie, who has autism spectrum disorder “ASD” and would “age out” of the public school system and community resources. That’s when a group of like-minded-parents united to create employment opportunities for adults with disabilities.  Gregg and Lori join the podcast to discuss more about the organization, the documentary their son is featured in EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE FILM ( ), and how their own parenting experience and creative thinking within the autism community is helping so many special needs young adults after the leave the school system.  Gregg and Lauri each share a Parent Footprint moment in this episode and listeners will learn from each reflection.  Greg and Lauri are helping others, raising awareness about neurodiversity, and changing the world one job and one person at a time. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Nov 29, 2018
Can We Talk? Navigating Parent-Teen Dynamics with Charis Denison
As a parent, Dr. Dan knows how important today’s discussion with expert and educator Charis Denison will be for all families: talking and communicating is the key to all relationships, especially relationships with our children and teens. Charis Denison has worked for two decades with a special focus on the topics parents and teens need to address most to have a positive relationship and effective communication. Recently her work was featured in Peggy Orenstein’s new book, Girls & Sex: Navigating the New and Complicated Landscape and she regularly lectures on this subject and many others.  Today Dr. Dan and Charis address many important and provocative topics including:   What are the most important issues our teens are facing today?   What is the most effective way to talk to teens about drug use?   What are kids’ concerns about sex and sexuality?   What are some ideas to help us impart our values to our kids?   What do most teens want from their parents during this time? And more. Charis Denison built her experience primarily by working with schools and nonprofits for more than 20 years. After initially teaching middle and high school English and Creative Writing, Charis began to develop curricula and publish articles related to social justice, ethics, human development, community involvement, and experiential education. She has received national recognition for her work in those fields, as well as for her community-based work with American teens and Tibetan refugees in Central Asia.  Charis holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco. She has been a faculty member at Westridge School in Pasadena, CA, the Urban School of San Francisco, the Branson School in Ross, CA, and Marin Academy in San Rafael, CA. Currently, she runs Prajna Consulting while also maintaining long-term teaching relationships at several Bay Area schools, including Sonoma Academy, Head-Royce School, University High School, and Sir Francis Drake High School. Through Prajna Charis consults with schools, parents, students, and businesses both organizationally and individually. She also facilitates workshops and speaks on a wide variety of topics. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Nov 22, 2018
No One Can Take Your Joy with Polo Tate
Today Dr. Dan welcomes Polo Tate, the author of DEEP DARK BLUE: A MEMOIR OF SURVIVAL ( A warning to our listeners: today’stopic is not appropriate for young listeners and could be triggering for sexual assault survivors. Dr. Dan and Polo Tate discuss her memoir and her harrowing story of survival – of losing her sister at a young age (in a tragic horse riding accident) and as a sexual assault victim (twice) at the US Air Force Academy. Polo’s story is one of resilience and victory and her advice and advocacy is helping young men and women find their voices, speak out, and not just survive but thrive. In this episode, Dr. Dan and Polo discuss important and sensitive topics including: Sexual assault and PTSD Warning signs of a sexual predator   How writing can be a path to healing The importance of not letting others take your joy and trusting your inner voice And more (including Polo’s Parent Footprint moment) Polo Tate was born in Lansing, Michigan, where her family has deep ties to the community. Her Great Great Grandfather was Ransom Eli Olds (R.E. Olds), a pioneer and prolific inventor most notably responsible for inventing the first American internal combustion automobile—the Oldsmobile. Growing up, Tate used her academic aptitude and athletic prowess to earn appointments to both The United States Military Academy at West Point (USMA) and the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs (USAFA). She decided to accept the challenge to attend USAFA out of high school, where she played varsity volleyball in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Tate left during her second year, and her harrowing journey at one of our nation’s most challenging institutions can now be found in her gritty, honest and dynamic debut memoir, Deep Dark Blue. After leaving USAFA, Tate restarted her college career at the University of Notre Dame. She played Volleyball for the Irish in the Big East Conference and eventually graduated with a B.A. degree in Film, Television, and Theatre. Today Polo Tate is an actor, author, writer, and comedian, performing all over New York City and Los Angeles. She is a passionate public speaker, with a mission for all to see, feel and understand their own self-worth, empowerment, and value. For more information about Polo and her book please visit: Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Oct 31, 2018
Making Miracles with Elaine Hall
Today Dr. Dan welcomes Elaine Hall, founder of Inclusion from WithIn (I WIn)® and The Miracle Project®. Elaine Hall’s pioneering work with autism and special needs is changing the way the world perceives disability.  Elaine Hall is a pioneer in using inclusive theatre to connect with individuals with autism. When traditional therapies did not work for her son, diagnosed with autism as a toddler, she developed an innovative creative-based methodology (now evidence-based) to reach him.  Recognized worldwide, she has spoken at the United Nations, featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, on CNN, CBS, the Oprah Winfrey Network, received numerous honors, and profiled in the Emmy winning HBO documentary, Autism: The Musical. Her memoir, Now I See the Moon, was the official selection for World Autism Awareness Day by the United Nations and her second book, Seven Keys to Unlock Autism is used as a text book at Brown University. Elaine has led training programs and neuro-diverse summer camps nationally and internationally including at Brown University, in San Francisco, in Hong Kong, in Argentina and spoke on inclusion for faith-based organizations at the National Autism Conference. A media consultant, she has been an advisor and acting coach on the film Please Stand By starring Dakota Fanning, the Netflix series Atypical and on several other upcoming Disney animated and live action series. Hall’s students, once too shy to even walk into a room of their peers, have now performed alongside Crosby, Stills, and Nash; on the TV shows, Parentood,The Good Doctor, and Atypical as well as others. Elaine’s son Neal has also presented at the United Nations using his iPad to speak.   Elaine also leads workshops moving from inclusion to belonging for faith-based organizations, and has received several grants from The Jewish Community Foundation for her groundbreaking work in religious programming for individuals with disabilities. She has led trainings in universities and theater programs nationally and internationally  including at Brown University, UCLA, and at NYU in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Argentina. Nominated as one of Los Angeles’ 50 most inspiring women, Elaine lives in Santa Monica with the two loves of her life, her son, Neal and husband Jeff Frymer, a Marriage and Family therapist. Dr. Dan and Elaine discuss many inspiring topics including: The Miracle Project Elaine’s own parenthood journey and what we can all learn from her HBO’s Autism The Musical and the Netflix series Atypical Teaching tolerance, acceptance, and the beauty of diversity  Elaine’s books  - her memoir NOW I SEE THE MOON and the instructive 7 KEYS TO UNLOCK AUTISM The interview wraps up with Elaine’s heartfelt Parent Footprint moment (though as Dr, Dan mentions Elaine gives us many profound parenting moments). Today’s show will touch your heart and change the way you see the world!  Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Oct 25, 2018
Sexual Literacy with Natasha Singh
Dr. Dan interviews educator and expert Natasha Singh about a timely and important topic: Sexual Literacy. As founder of SexLitEd (Sexual Literacy Educator, Natasha explains that while parents are the primary teachers about life that schools and society (including pop culture and social media) often are the main teachers for our children about gender, race, sexuality, and power. Natasha helps families, educators and children everywhere achieve sexual literacy -- a concept that is more important than ever as we raise our children to become happy and healthy adults in a complex world. Natasha Singh is a writer and sexual literacy educator who regularly teaches about consent, sexual ethics, effective communication, healthy relationships, the difference between porn and sex, undoing gender-role training, learning mindful masculinity and more. She partners with parents, teachers, and schools to create programing and curriculum that is responsive to student needs and helps families, too. She is a respected expert and a popular workshop educator. Today’s interview touches on many topics including: meaningful sexuality education for students; how parents, teens and pre-teens can have open lines of communication about gender, sex, and intimacy; and her goal for all students to have healthy relationships, clear communication, sexual ethics and joy in their relationships with themselves and others. The episode wraps up with Natasha’s Parent Footprint Moment. Today’s show offers powerful and useful advice for all parents. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Sep 30, 2018
Parenting Through Puberty with Suanne Kowal-Connelly, MD, FAAP
Dr. Dan welcomes Dr. Suanne Kowal-Connelly to discuss her new book Parenting Through Puberty: Mood Swings, Acne, and Growing Pains. They discuss other topics including parenting, teens and much more! Suanne Kowal-Connelly, MD, FAAP is a practicing pediatrician with more than 30 years’ experience. She serves as the Director of Pediatric Clinical Quality for the Long Island Federally Qualified Health Centers (LIFQHC) in Nassau County. Additionally, she works as the district physician in many of her local school districts and performs as a New York State trainer for child abuse and neglect. Dr. Dan and Dr. Kowal-Connelly discuss the more than 12 million children in the United States who fall into the 12-14-year-old age group that are either currently or soon to be experiencing puberty. PARENTING THROUGH PUBERTY is published with the American Academy of Pediatrics and is a vital new resource for all parents. In today’s episode Dr. Dan explores with Dr. Kowal-Connelly how going through puberty in 2018 is very different than it was when you and I were 12. Social media, cyberbullying, increased environmental toxins, and new brain science studies mean that most parents don’t have all of the information to help their children make this transition healthfully. Thankfully Dr. Kowal-Connelly explains to Dr. Dan how her book will provide families with the information they need now. The show wraps up with Dr. Suanne’s Parent Footprint Moment. Dr. Suanne Kowal-Connelly is a contributor to, the official AAP website for parents. And is the ultra-proud mother of three grown sons. She is a sports enthusiast and an avid triathlete. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Sep 27, 2018
Parenting in the Real World with Dr. Stephanie O'Leary
Dr. Dan welcomes Stephanie O’Leary, Psy.D., clinical psychologist and author of PARENTING IN THE REAL WORLD to the show today. Dr. O'Leary specializes in neuropsychology and a mom of two. She has been in practice for over a decade providing parents with her no-nonsense approach to navigating the daily grind while preparing kids for the challenges they will face in the real world. Dr. Dan discusses the book PARENTING IN THE REAL WORLD with Dr. O’Leary and both offer parenting advice including -- A simple road-map to help parents parent like a rock-star (even when they want to give up). A no-nonsense approach to help parents navigate the chaos of the daily grind. Strategies to help ditch the "mommy (or daddy) guilt" that only makes parenting harder. Easy ways to prepare your child for the challenges that exist out there in the real world all while rediscovering joy in parenting! The two also discuss how parents can strengthen the parent-child bond and the show ends with Dr. O’Leary’s Parent Footprint Moment. Listeners can learn more about Dr. O’Leary and her approach at Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Aug 31, 2018
Fatherhood in 40-Minute Snapshots with Jeremy Schneider
Dr. Dan interviews Jeremy G. Schneider, MFT today about his new book FATHERHOOD IN 40-MINUTE SNAPSHOTS ( The book is a collection of his articles about being a dad that were written on his daily morning (train) commute to work in New York City. The essays are personal, real, refreshing, and intimate. Jeremy has a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and has been writing about parenting, relationships and mental health since his twin teenagers were born. The inspiration for his book is simple but profound: Many men are learning to be Dads by creating their own blueprint as parents -- this phenomena is different than the past role of fathers. Jeremy has been published in both national and regional parenting magazines in the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia and has been interviewed by publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, The Today Show, Parents and many more. Dr. Dan and Jeremy discuss the importance of Dads in their children’s lives as well as topics including: Being present Being an engaged parent but also balancing work, life as a dad How to be role model How to help children feel supported and also challenged How to guide, facilitate and help our children find their own path in life How to connect with child - keep trying! The show ends with a touching Parent Footprint moment about one of the author’s two-year-old twins -- and inspiration to get up fifteen minutes earlier! Jeremy G. Schneider was born in Philadelphia and currently lives in New York. He has been with his wife for more than 25 years and they have twin boy/girl teenagers in high school.  Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Aug 24, 2018
With Understanding Comes Calm, with Julie Skolnick
Dr. Dan welcomes colleague and friend Julie F. Skolnick, M.A., J.D. to today’s show. Julie is the founder of With Understanding Comes Calm, LLC a community for gifted/2e families, children, adults, and educators. ( In today’s episode, Dr.Dan and Julie focus on Julie’s work with gifted, twice-exceptional and much more.  Julie’s touching opening story about her own children and her parenting journey (and later her very honest and real Parent Footprint moment) will resonate with parents.  As the founder of With Understanding Comes Calm, Julie Skolnick passionately guides parents of gifted and distractible children, mentors 2e adults, and collaborates with and advises educators and professionals on bringing out the best and raising self-esteem in their students and clients. A frequent speaker and prolific writer, Julie is also the mother of three twice exceptional children who keep her on her toes and laughing. During today’s show, Julie describes her process to Dr. Dan which includes three parts and a “cycle for success” as well as her P.R.A.I.S.E. method. Here is more information, in her own words from the interview and her website--  Understanding With understanding comes calm. Through the lenses of giftedness and distractibility, I will help you understand your child’s perplexing behaviors, complicated feelings and challenging attitudes and the responses of others toward them... When we understand why our children feel what they feel we can respond to their behavior in a calm and productive way.  Strategies Once we understand why your child reacts, behaves and feels the way he does, we can calmly create strategies to redirect or diffuse his behavior and help bring out the best in him so he may successfully reach his potential. We will fill your toolbox with ways to avoid negative reactions, encourage responsibility, and increase your child’s self-awareness and self esteem.  Implement/Advocate How will these strategies actually happen at home, in the classroom and out in the world? The success of implementation is planning ahead. Along with an implementation plan, we advise parents on how to advocate with necessary professionals: teachers, administrators, coaches and others so parents create a mutually supportive team without creating a defensive atmosphere. The goal is to form a partnership where parents and professionals gain mutual benefits from sharing information, techniques, and have a respectful back and forth about the best way to help your child thrive.  Julie serves as Secretary on the Maryland Superintendent’s Gifted and Talented Advisory Council and is on the Advisory Council for “The G Word” movie. Julie is the SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) Maryland liaison, a SENG Model Parent Group (SMPG) trained facilitator and on the Simultaneous Supports committee for the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). She is trained in a suite of tools “Putting the Person into Personalized Learning” through the 2e Center in Studio City, Ca. Julie’s work has changed the lives of many children and families.  For more information listeners can visit and Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Jul 26, 2018
Making Meaningful Differences for Individuals with Autism with Amy Laurent
Today Dr. Dan interviews Amy Laurent, Ph.D., OTR/L (, a developmental psychologist and a registered pediatric occupational therapist. Currently in private practice in Rhode Island, Amy specializes in the education of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and related developmental disabilities.  Amy’s work involves collaborating with and supporting early intervention teams, school teams, and families with the creation of educational programs and environments that facilitate children’s active engagement and learning at home, in schools, and throughout their communities. The SCERTS Model, of which she is a co-author , along with differentiated instruction and developmental theory, guide her practice.                                                                        In this episode Dr. Dan and Amy focus on Amy’s work including defining the SCERTS model for autism intervention and how the model works.  Dr. Dan supports strength-based interventions and hearing this episode will inspire many families as Dr. Dan and Amy explore language, social skills, sensory systems, transitions, executive functioning and more. Amy’s passion about the importance of focusing on the relationship with your child is contagious as is her charming story about a Parent Footprint moment with her son.  In addition, Dr. Dan and Amy speak a bit about a new seminal study on SCERTS, emotional regulation and parenting. Amy is an adjunct faculty member for the Department of Psychology at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI. She teaches courses focused on Developmental Psychology. Previously, she has served as an adjunct faculty member for the Communication Disorders Department at Emerson College and at the University of Rhode Island. In these roles, she developed graduate courses focused on preparing clinicians to meet the needs of children with autism, as well as the needs of their families. Amy’s current research interests involve examining the relationship between characteristics of young children diagnosed with Autism and strategies used by parents to support them within the context of natural routines and play. Her publications focus on social communication and emotional regulation in individuals diagnosed with ASD. She frequently lectures and provides training throughout the United States and internationally on the SCERTS Model, and other topics related to therapeutic and educational intervention for children with ASD.  Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Jul 19, 2018
Every Day is Father's Day: The Power of Parental Influence with Lis Wiehl
Today’s interview is inspired by a popular post on THRIVE GLOBAL that resonated with Dr. Dan. Author and journalist Lis Wiehl’s ( recently wrote about about father’s day and the influence her father and grandfather have in her life. Today’s show will inspire every listener! Lis Wiehl’s post for Thrive Global touched many readers when it went live for Father’s Day. The influence both her Dad and Grand-Dad had on her life and career is inspiring and powerful -- it will touch the heart of listeners everywhere. Dr. Dan reminds us that the Parent Footprint community is based on the principle that who you are and how you live are the keys to successful parenting. To raise happy and healthy children parents must know who they are and how their own experiences as a child influence their own parenting. A happy and healthy parent raises happy and healthy children. Lis and Dr. Dan discuss: 1)  Her Thrive Global piece - the influence of parents 2)  How her career has influenced her own parenting 3)  Turning to another “family” -- How Lis Wiehl managed her relationships (and her emotions) with the victims of the Charles Manson murders when writing her new book HUNTING CHARLES MANSON ( Lis Wiehl is a New York Times best-selling author, journalist, former federal prosecutor, and respected legal analyst and commentator. A legal analyst and reporter for Fox News for fifteen years, Lis is currently an anchor for the Law & Crime Network and the host of the new podcast Pursuit of Justice with Lis Wiehl. Lis Wiehl is the author of 18 books, including most recently Hunting Charles Manson: The Quest for Justice in the Days of Helter Skelter (Harper Collins, June 2018), the first title in a new true crime book series. In 2008, she won a “Books for a Better Life” award for The 51% Minority. Prior to joining Fox News in New York City, Wiehl served as a legal analyst and reporter for NBC News and NPR’s All Things Considered and was the co-host of the nationally syndicated show The Radio Factor. Wiehl served as a Federal Prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s office and was an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Washington. Lis Wiehl was the Deputy Investigative Counsel for the Democrats during the Impeachment of President Clinton. Wiehl earned her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and her Master of Arts in Literature from the University of Queensland. Currently she is also a Professor of Law at New York Law School. For more information visit: See for privacy information.
Jun 29, 2018
Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives with Rachel Simmons
Dr. Dan welcome bestselling author, expert, changemaker, and media favorite Rachel Simmons to discuss her new book ENOUGH AS SHE IS ( and her crucial helping parents, educators, and communities to support our girls. Dr. Dan and Rachel address ambition, anxiety, wellness, and the pressure on our girls (and boys) today. They also discuss social media pressure, fear of missing out, and communicating with your teenage daughter.  Other topics in today’s episode (and in Rachel’s bestselling books and work) include: Enough As She Is -- Girls have never been more successful, yet they’ve also never struggled more with anxiety, stress and depression. Girls’ Love-Hate Relationship With Social Media & How to Parent Through It -- Why do girls say they don’t exist if they’re not online, yet at the same time feel they have no choice? Five Skills Every Confident Girl Needs -- Confidence doesn’t just happen in girls. It is built.  Fat Talk and Body Image -- The compulsion for young girls to discuss their bodies negatively.  Perfectionism -- Effortless perfectionism is adding even more pressure to our children’s lives.  Parents and Authenticity -- Parents can only connect deeply with their parents if Mom and Dad own their own baggage and their mistakes.  Model Self-Compassion -- Showing your children you can be kind to yourself; children are watching your every move all the time.  For Rachel’s Parent Footprint Moment, she reflects on her own experiences with her daughter’s unconditional love for her and it is that love that gave Rachel new access to self-love.  Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Jun 07, 2018
DIFFERENTLY WIRED: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World with Deborah Reber
Dr. Dan welcomes Debbie Reber, founder of TILT Parenting. The two discuss Tilt Parenting as well as Debbie’s new book DIFFERENTLY WIRED: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World. Debbie Reber is the founder of TiLT Parenting and host of the TiLT Parenting Podcast, which she created to support parents raising “differently-wired” kids and shift the conversation around how neurodiversity (everything from ADHD and dyslexia to Aspergers and giftedness) is perceived and experienced in the world.  Parenting is a journey filled with twists and turns. Debbie shares her personal story about raising a special needs child and how she had to learn to become present, get rid of “the shoulds” and embrace imperfection. Her lively discussion with Dr. Dan touches on regulation (for kids and parents), communication (again for kids and parents), fear, and more. Debbie’s Parent Footprint moment is honest and real, and one that will benefit all listeners. Debbie Reber is a New York Times bestselling author, podcast host, life coach, and speaker who, before creating TiLT, spent more than ten years writing inspiring books for women and teens and speaking about issues like media literacy, self-esteem, and confidence.  Debbie Reber moved her career in a more personal direction in 2016 when she founded TiLT Parenting, a website, top parenting podcast (more than 250k downloads), and social media community for parents like her who are raising differently-wired children.  She currently lives with her son and husband in the Netherlands. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
May 24, 2018
The Yes Brain: How To Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience In Your Child with Dr. Tina Payne Bryson
Dr. Dan welcomes back one of the podcast’s most popular guests -- bestselling author and parenting expert Dr. Tina Payne Bryson ( to discuss her new book The Yes Brain and her pioneering work in area of brain-based parenting. Dr. Tina Bryson is also the co-author (with Dr. Daniel Siegel) of two New York Times bestsellers (The Whole Brain Child and No Drama Discipline) and is Executive Director of the The Center for Connection in Pasadena ( ).  How can parents cultivate resilience? What is a Yes Brain? What is a No Brain? What is success? How does the pressure of the need for success affect our children today? Today Dr. Dan and Dr. Tina talk about her new book and the topic of basic brain science -- that is how a child’s brain is either receptive or reactive (affecting their regulation) and what we need to do as parents and educators to support that child’s brain state. Ultimately parents and educators and caregivers want to move our kids from reactivity (The No Brain/Red Zone) to receptivity (The Yes Brain/Green Zone). The good news? Our kids can be taught to approach life with openness and curiosity. When kids work from a Yes Brain, they’re more willing to take chances and explore. They’re more curious and imaginative. They’re better at relationships and handling adversity. And we can make this a reality! Dr. Dan explores the four fundamentals of the Yes Brain—balance, resilience, insight, and empathy—with Dr. Tina and how they can be fostered and strengthened in all of our children and students. How? By exploring the mind behind the behaviors in children instead of just focusing on the behavior. Dr. Dan and Dr. Tina offer listeners concrete examples of ways we can intentionally help our children achieve a state of balance -- by deliberate and thoughtful behavior modeling, positive parenting, and supportive disciplining.  Dr. Dan wraps up this episode by asking his favorite guest question -- What is Tina’s Parent Footprint Moment?  Her lesson about being present and intentionally in the moment is one she continues to revisit on her own parenting journey decades later.  Today episode is sure to be a new favorite for all Parent Footprint podcast listeners. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
May 10, 2018
No More Mean Girls with Katie Hurley
Dr. Dan welcomes psychotherapist Katie Hurley LCSW to the podcast today for a provocative discussion of the mean girl culture, how we can raise strong girls, and the release of her book NO MORE MEAN GIRLS, now available in paperback. Dr. Dan and Katie start the show tackling the topics of anxiety and depression and go on to discuss mean girls, bullying, and advice for parents on how to help their young daughters navigate tricky territories such as friendship building, creating an authentic self, standing up for themselves and others, and expressing themselves in a healthy way. In addition, Dr. Dan and Katie focus on the importance of how parents can model good behavior on social media (and digital habits), the power of the LIKE button, “fear of missing out” and more ways Parent Footprint is working to building a more compassionate, happy, and healthy world. Katie answers questions including: Why did you write NO MORE MEAN GIRLS? What is mean behavior vs. bullying? How does social media impact our kids’ behavior and happiness? What age should parents monitor hurtful peer behavior? Why should children use “I feel” statements and scripts? How can today’s children and teens conquer peer pressure? At the end of the show Katie gives listeners the one piece of advice all parents need to conquer mean friends and then shares a terrific Parent Footprint moment story to beautifully wrap-up this must-listen to episode. Katie Hurley, LCSW, is a child and adolescent psychotherapist, parenting expert, and writer. She is the founder of "Girls Can!" empowerment groups for girls between ages 5-11 and  is the author of No More Mean Girls,The Happy Kid Handbook, and her work can be found in The Washington Post, PBS Parents, and US News and World Report, among other places. She practices psychotherapy in the South Bay area of Los Angeles and earned her BA in psychology and women's studies from Boston College and her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Apr 26, 2018
Generosity with Judy Hoberman
Dr. Dan welcomes author-expert-TedX speaker-gender expert-radio host-entrepreneur and parent Judy Hoberman to today’s show to talk about Generosity - what it is, how to spread it, and why when you give your time to others in your work life and home life you become an ambassador for good living. More about Judy:  Judy’s passion for mentoring and paying it forward started when she found she was one of the only women working in insurance among a sea of male coworkers.  She wanted her work in sales to give back in a meaningful way and this transformed her life. Judy defines Generosity as this: learning how to help others in big and small ways by giving your time to others. This intention became her work’s mission: in 2007 she committed to helping one woman every single day and now she has founded the Walking on the Glass Floor Foundation to help young women in business by partnering with businesses and offering scholarships and resources. In addition to speaking engagements as a gender expert, Judy Hoberman also lectures about how her list of seven essential leadership and work skills can have a positive impact on our personal lives and family -- especially when we model kindness as we are raising our children.  The core advice Judy talks to Dr. Dan about today is this: be a positive role model and lead by example -- be good regardless of who is watching. (Of course this philosophy is also part of the Parent Footprint mission.)  Today's discussion also tackles topics of time, work-life balance, and resilience. Judy wraps up the show with a heartfelt discussion about her TedX talk ( on pre-judging others and a surprising Parent Footprint moment about her journey as a single Mom. When you give your time and yourself to others it shapes you and in turn lets you live life as a good and kind person. Dr. Dan and Judy’s lively conversation will inspire listeners to do more, be better, and give generously. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Apr 12, 2018
Building Resilience in Children and Teens with Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg
In today’s much-anticipated show, Dr. Dan talks about Resilience with the incredible Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg (  and  and ), a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, practicing doctor of adolescent medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and author of several books including "Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings," "Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love with Expectations and Protection with Trust," "Letting Go with Love and Confidence" and proud father. Dr. Dan and Dr. Ginsburg’s discussion is a must-listen-to for all parents and listeners will learn a lot from Dr. Ginsburg’s medical career and work with children, his passions (including being a Dad), and the third edition of his best selling book Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings. The show starts with this powerful definition: “Resilienceis the capacity to rise above difficult circumstances, allowing our children to exist in this less-than-perfect world, while moving forward with optimism and confidence.” After defining resilience, Dr. Ken explains in his passionate and compelling way how parents (and other loving adults in a child’s life) are the guides and the keys to building the foundation of success for all children. In addition he reveals that the real definition of love, in his opinion, is seeing/accepting a person as who he or she is just as they are which in turn helps them see themselves.   Dr. Dan and Dr. Ken dispel many unhealthy myths about parenting including that teens don’t care what their parents think about them or that teens just don’t care about anything. What listeners learn is that parents are EVERYTHING -- especially to their adolescents. Later, they discuss when and how parents need to move away from parenting their children and how important it is to just listen.   Finally the show wraps up with a discussion of the essential “tools” our children need to navigate life and Dr. Ken’s very personal Parent Footprint moment. Today’s show will be a revelation for all parents and caregivers. Read more about Dr. Ginsberg below and here Dr. Ginsburg is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He also serves Philadelphia’s homeless youth as Director of Health Services at Covenant House Pennsylvania. The theme that ties together his clinical practice, teaching, research and advocacy efforts is that of building on the strength of teenagers by fostering their internal resilience. His goal is to translate the best of what is known from research and practice into practical approaches parents, professionals and communities can use to prepare children and teens to thrive. To advocate for parents’ critical role in raising resilient children and teens, he has appeared on CNN, NPR, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS morning show, FOX and Friends and ABC, NBC, and CBS Nightly News programs. Dr. Ginsburg lectures widely to national and international parent and professional audiences. His most recent books are, "Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings," and “Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love with Expectations and Protection with Trust”, both published by The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as well as “Letting Go with Love and Confidence,” published by Avery, Penguin Press. He has been humbled to work on behalf of those who serve our nation with The Military Child Education Coalition to prepare military parents, health professionals, counselors, and teachers to incorporate stress reduction and resilience building strategies for the nation’s nearly 2 million military-affiliated children. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Mar 29, 2018
The Homework Wars With Greg Pincus - Ep.33
Dr. Dan welcomes author Greg Pincus ( to the podcast today to talk about the dreaded topic of homework! Most parents (and students) have experience with “The Homework Wars” and today Greg talks about his experience, his research, and his solutions for how parents can deal with this never-ending battle. Greg Pincus is a novelist, poet, screenwriter, blogger, speaker, and social media consultant. He and his work have been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post and blogs and websites all around the globe. His latest novel, The Homework Strike, grew from a childhood fascination with oddball laws sparked by a book he ordered from a Scholastic Book Club flyer -- making his own childhood dream come true when Scholastic published the book! Listeners will love Greg’s anecdotes (especially the one about a long-ago law ruling homework illegal in California!) and the discussion of the novel’s protagonist Gregory. If you have ever cheered for an underdog or stood up for what is right, then today’s podcast will make you want to grab the book and start reading. Dr. Dan lets us all know that parents have to do what is right for their own children -- including when it involves homework. This life lesson ties in directly to Greg’s very entertaining Parent Footprint moment -- one listeners will appreciate and remember whenever they cross a street in the future! Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Mar 15, 2018
Constant Craving: The Self-Reg View with Dr. Stuart Shanker
Dr. Dan welcomes back listener favorite Dr. Stuart Shanker to the 32nd episode of The Parent Footprint Podcast. International parenting expert and bestselling author Dr. Stuart Shanker ( ) has helped countless children and families learn about (and break) the stress cycle with his professional work and his paradigm-shifting book, SELF-REG: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life (now available in paperback).   Today Dr. Dan and Dr. Shanker discuss and offer ways to tackle the ever present topic of craving and The Hook Model and how it detrimentally affects most kids today (and their parents). Listeners will recognize the fascinating science behind what happens when dopamine is triggered and how it creates stress and anxiety. There is a difference between wanting and liking. Once dopamine is triggered this craving needs an outlet and often there is none... for our children today especially with technology and social media this can be very difficult. The biggest takeaway from today: young people are especially susceptible to cravings (dopamine triggerings) and are so easily hooked and this then leads to so much anxiety -- and that is a stressor without an outlet or ending for our children/teens. The solution will be eye opening for all parents -- Dr. Shanker gives parents the exact language to have this discussion with their own child(ren) and how to conquer it. At the end of the episode Dr. Dan asks Dr. Shanker about his #1 piece of advice for listeners from today’s show and Dr. Shanker uses his own Parent Footprint moment about his son to illustrate how as a parent it is hard for even Dr. Shanker a self-reg “guru” to say no and that as parents we need to set limits and say no sometimes. Dr. Shanker’s recent blog dives even deeper into related information: Dr. Stuart Shanker is a distinguished research professor emeritus of psychology and philosophy at York University and the creator of The MEHRIT Centre. He attended the University of Toronto, where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees. At the University of Oxford, he obtained his D. Phil. with distinction in philosophy and his work is used globally. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Feb 28, 2018
Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties with Scott Barry Kaufman
Dr. Dan welcomes author and colleague Scott Barry Kaufman to today’s show ( to discuss Scott’s newest book Twice Exceptional (*Bonus: Dr. Dan is also a contributor!). Today’s enlightening interview is about the new book, Scott’s lifelong personal learning journey and work, and the science of studying intelligence and success (especially as it relates to giftedness and twice-exceptional individuals). Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD, is also a researcher, speaker, and podcast host. He’s is passionately interested in using psychological science to help all kinds of minds live a creative, fulfilling, and meaningful life. Scott is a professor of positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, and author and/or editor of 7 other books, including Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined and Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind (with Carolyn Gregoire). His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Scientific American, Psychology Today, and Harvard Business Review, and he writes a blog at Scientific American called Beautiful Minds. Kaufman is also host of The Psychology Podcast. In today’s interview Dr. Dan and Scott Barry Kaufman talk about exciting research using psychological science to help all kinds of minds live a creative, fulfilling, and meaningful life. They also discuss how for twice-exceptional (2e) children, those kids who have extraordinary strengths coupled with learning difficulties, have difficulties in educational settings because of the paradoxical nature of their intellect and the unbending system which is ill-equipped to cater to their unique learning needs. The book Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties provides cutting-edge, evidence-based approaches to creating an environment where twice-exceptional students can thrive. Scott’s Parent Footprint Moment about his own Mom is personal and powerful -- and is even more meaningful to him now that he is an adult. Finally, perhaps the big takeaway from today’s show is that when we bring greater flexibility in our approach to education, we open up a wider notion of what it means to be academically successful for all students. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Feb 15, 2018
Transforming Power Struggles Through Play with Abigail Wald and Elle Kwan from Hand in Hand Parenting
Dr. Dan welcomes two guests today Abigail Wald (from Los Angeles) and Elle Kwan (from Hong Kong) from the international global nonprofit organization Hand in Hand Parenting (The two are the hosts of the Hand in Hand podcast: https:/ ).  The Hand in Hand philosophy is fueled by compassion, connection, and kindness - all based on the foundational belief that your child is good, the parent is good, and with love you can foster success from within for any child. Hand in Hand sets parents up to value that they are the very best expert on their own family. (One way this is emphasized is that Hand in Hand helps and supports PARENTS first.)  In this milestone episode Dr. Dan converses with Abigail and Elle about “behavior chasing” and how turning parenting methods upside can be the change your family needs. The show is filled with anecdotes, intimate moments, and in depth discussions about how all families are connected regardless of culture or geography by the universal goal of raising resilient kids, and how important it is for parents to make their child feel safe. In addition listeners will hear: How to listen to yourself and your child (and why really hearing your child makes all the difference) How to see and tap into your child's inherent goodness How to help your children find their own resilience and grit The neuroscience behind the Hand in Hand philosophy and method How to set effectively deal with tough situations - especially power struggles How to get yourself the support YOU need as a parent The show ends with both Abigail and Elle sharing their own moving Parent Footprint Moments. This milestone 30th episode will be one listeners return to again and again. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Jan 31, 2018
How To Raise A Girl With A Healthy Body Image
Dr. Dan welcomes fellow parent and podcaster Jen Lumanlan to the show today. Jen is the founder/host of the successful Your Parenting Mojo Podcast and website Jen’s mission is to raise healthy (and happy) girls and her personal journey will inspire listeners. Jen Lumanlan is the parent of a 3 ½-year-old daughter, and her podcast is a reference guide for parents of toddlers and preschoolers based on scientific research and the principles of respectful parenting. She never planned to be a parent but is on this journey (by choice rather than by accident) and when she realized she had no parenting instinct whatsoever she decided to get a Master’s in Psychology so she could figure out “how to do this parenting thing”! She’s now finishing up another Master’s in Education, and she plans to help parents think through how child development intersects with education. Dr. Dan invited Jen to be a guest today to discuss the critical topic of girls and body image. Their discussion is based on research and recent studies. Dr. Dan leads the discussion with these provocative talking points: Girls’ and body image What language is best to use with our girls? The words pretty and ugly (and fat and skinny) What is and how does the current research on how girls (and women) think about their bodies; and why it should change how parents deal with this topic Self--compassion Jen’s Parent Footprint Moment is about how she discovered that the concept of respect has been the most important key (along with love) to raising her own daughter successfully. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Jan 18, 2018
The Sensory Child Gets Organized Simple Solutions with Carolyn Dalgliesh
Dr. Dan welcomes author, speaker, sensory organizing expert, and parent Carolyn Dalgliesh ( Carolyn is a popular expert because she teaches the how and why setting up successful systems (at home, school, and work) can help children, families, and their parents live a more peaceful and productive life. Today’s interview is packed with ideas and examples!  Dr. Dan starts off  the discussion with details about “highly sensitive children” as well as “rigid, anxious children” and then the conversation with Carolyn moves to some of her proven examples of creating successful systems and why they work.   Many of the strategies discussed in Carolyn’s easy to follow book The Sensory Child Gets Organized: Proven Systems for Rigid, Anxious, or Distracted Kids ( will immediately help: Including: routines, reducing stress, conquering anxiety, managing transitions, using visuals and more. During the interview, Carolyn also reveals her one secret to helping a sensitive or sensory child.   The interview wraps up with Carolyn’s Parent Footprint moment -- it’s inspiring and at the heart of her both her journey as a parent and a sensory organizer. Listeners will leave today’s informative interview with new understanding -- Dr. Dan and Carolyn demonstrate how looking at the world differently change the way we see everything. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Dec 21, 2017
No More Shame: The Power of Living and Learning Differently with Jonathan Mooney
Dr. Dan is excited about today’s interview with author, speaker, advocate, and entrepreneur Jonathan Mooney.  Jonathan inspires everyone he meets. He travels regularly and speaks about advocacy and social justice for children, teens, and adults. Jonathan’s moving story will change the way listeners think about diversity in the world: He did not learn to read until 12 years old. He faced low expectations growing up—was told he would flip burgers, be a highschool dropout and end up in jail. Happily, those prophecies didn’t come to pass. Instead of being a high school dropout he became a college graduate from Brown university with an honors degree in English lit; instead of flipping burgers he ended up writing books, and instead of becoming an inmate he became a passionate advocate creating organizations and initiatives that help people who get the short end of the stick. Dr. Dan and Jonathan have a deep and deeply moving discussion about self-advocacy, why students should have a participatory role in their own education, the empowerment that comes from choices, and so much more. Jonathan also talks about his inspiring mother, his challenging relationship with his own father, differences don’t have to be deficits or less than, and the impact of shame. Jonathan’s Parent Footprint moment spans two generations and is very motivational:  he speaks about how his Dad taking him to a baseball game and sharing his love and acceptance on the car ride home literally saved Jonathan's life. Today Jonathan uses that motivation with his own three children today. With the publication of his book Learning Outside The Lines (now in its 28th printing) when he was 23, Jonathan has established himself as one of the foremost leaders in the neurodiversity and the learning revolution. His second book, The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal received outstanding reviews. Both books are considered foundational texts in the disability rights movement, the inclusive education movement, and the learning revolution and are used in undergraduate and graduate program at universities and colleges across the country including Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and Teachers College, Columbia University. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Dec 14, 2017
It Takes a Village: The Power of Online Parenting Communities
Dr. Dan welcomes the founder/lead editor of (an online community that connects people who want to tackle the puzzle of Autism) and Dad blogger Joel Manzer to the show. Joel is a special needs parent and a podcast host with a passion for writing and connecting. The focus of today’s show is community – it really does take a village (real and online) to raise happy and healthy children today. Community benefits everyone - parents and children. Joel Manzer describes himself as “just one person among the thousands sharing their stories online” and he is celebrated as an Autism Light for his dedication as an autism father and for his vision in leading Autisable today to be a helpful resource on the voices of the diverse autism community. “When my son was diagnosed with autism, we searched online for an open source blogging community that we would show daily life with autism and that search eventually birthed Our mission is rather basic, to promote discussion of autism. We don’t take a stance on a specific viewpoint or concept about it, but want to provide an environment where people can share their ideas and journey.” Online parenting communities and websites can help all parents and for the many parents facing challenge this virtual world is a game-changer in parenting today for so many reasons— Having a community gives you connection to life-savers and life changers You are not alone Sharing struggles as well as sharing triumphs in a safe space Truth sharing and discussion Practicing listening and respectful disagreeing In addition to there are online resources for every parenting challenge or skill such as: ADHD: Dyslexic Advantage: 2e Newsletter: Gifted Homeschoolers: The Miracle Project: Challenge Success: Make Social Learning Stick: Today’s Parent Footprint Moment from Joel is beautiful and inspiring. He remembers the most pivotal parenting moment ever -- when the decision was made to take his son out of the public school system and explained that the school system wasn’t hearing his son. At that moment, Joel’s son, who could not communicate with words, squeezed his hand and it was all the validation he needed that his family had made the right decision. In the end, the power of everyone part of is helping to teach Joel everything he can learn about his own son – and that isn’t just a community, it’s everything. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Nov 30, 2017
Unique Learner Solutions: Discover the Ability in Learning Disability
Dr. Dan welcomes author and occupational and physical therapist Suzanne Cresswell ( ) in today’s information filled episode which will benefit children and adults. Suzanne Cresswell has worked with patients in her clinic and in the school system for over three decades. She blends her background in rehabilitation medicine with principles of neuroplasticity to provide novel and effective intervention strategies. Children and adults with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Asperger’s, sensory integration disorder, and other learning disabilities all benefit from Suzanne’s unique approach to brain and body wellness. She starts the interview discussing a favorite Parent Footprint value: being present. Dr. Dan agrees that this is the first step and most powerful step to any intervention.   When children struggle in school they often feel shame that they are not what they “should” be; not “normal.” In fact, the term learning disability seems to reinforce their belief and suggests that they are unable to learn. Nothing could be further from the truth. They just learn in unique ways. The capabilities and talents of this population are frequently overlooked because their skills and abilities are often not relevant to the requirements of traditional education. Dr. Dan and Suzanne discuss the new book Unique Learner Solutions because it provides strategies that are targeted to what is really happening in the brains and bodies of unique learners. Knowledge is power, and when you know what is really going on with your child and what you can do to help, it makes a huge difference. This will not only make a difference in their scholastic world, but also in their family life both now and in the future. Listeners will be fascinated by the neuroscience discussion surrounding brain/emotions, neuropsychology, and yes, LOVE! The interview also includes intimate moments from Dr. Dan’s family and how Suzanne Creswell’s work proves “just try harder” does not work for every child. Parents and educators must be detectives to find the real reasons behind learning challenges.   Unique Learners have systems that are different from typical learners. They experience the world from a different perspective. And it’s the compassion and true presence that impacted these learners. In fact, Suzanne shares the anecdote that many children grow up to report that the intention behind the interventions mattered most to them. Her parting wisdom is kids know -- they feel what is behind everything. The show wraps up with the fan favorite: the Parent Footprint moment. Suzanne Cresswell ponders her own parents’ parenting styles and that experience later impacted how she parented her own children with presence, purpose, perspective and passion! She treasures the “two sides of parenting” she gave her children just as she received that gift from her parents. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Nov 22, 2017
13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do
Dr. Dan introduces listeners to Amy Morin today ( The two experts discuss resilience, happiness, and Amy’s new book 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do: Raising Self-Assured Children and Training their Brains for a Life of Happiness, Meaning and Success.   Amy Morin is a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, an instructor at Northeastern University and a foster parent. In 2013, her article, "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," became a viral TedxTalk sensation when it garnered more than 50 million views and eventually became an internationally bestselling book. Amy’s personal journey of resilience after losing her mother and husband helped her become mentally strong and today her advice is helping millions. In today’s interview Dr. Dan and Amy explore the heart of her book 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do: we can teach children of all ages—from preschoolers to teenagers—to build mental muscle and develop into healthy, strong adults by using empowered language, sending healthier messages on achievement and failure, and increasing courage instead of decreasing fear. During the interview Dr. Dan picks some of his favorites from Amy’s list what parents should not do including:    Don’t Make Children the Center of the Universe    Don’t Shield Your Children From Pain    Don’t Allow Fear to Dictate Your Choices    Don’t Give Your Children Power over You And Amy brings up such diverse topics as divorce, death, moving across the country, correcting homework, friendship coaching, social media kindness, chores and more to demonstrate all the ways kids can instead of can’t in their lives. Dr. Dan agrees – we must show our children we trust them and believe they are capable contributors. Amy Morin’s Parent Footprint moment is about her own personal experience as a therapeutic foster parent to a 14-year-old girl who desperately wanted to go to summer camp. Amy was able to accept the girl’s decision and was able to parent past her own fears. Amy Morin is a much sought after speaker and her TEDx talks is one of the most popular of all time. Her advice has been featured by major media outlets including Parenting, Time, Fox News, CNN, and She serves as a parenting expert for Verywell and she's a columnist for Forbes, Inc., and Psychology Today. For more information about Amy and her work and books: Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Oct 26, 2017
Entitlement Intervention with Michael G. Wetter, PSYD
Today Dr. Dan discusses children and “entitlement vs. earning” with author Michael G. Wetter ( In Earn It: What to Do When Your Kid Needs an Entitlement Intervention, author Michael G. Wetter, PsyD (with co-author Eileen Bailey) has written a comprehensive guide to stop parents when they say to themselves, “I just want him to be  happy!”  “I just want her to have all the things that I never had!” and move them towards more mindful parenting. Dr. Dan and Michael Wetter agree that entitlement is a provocative and important topic. Dr. Wetter explains how it’s important to teach parents of children of all ages clear strategies and techniques to help change and shape our child’s character by instilling a sense of responsibility, accountability, kindness, and caring. Dr. Dan and Dr. Wetter explore why parents must teach resilience to our children. They both agree that parents can create a family life and culture where responsibilities are honored, praise has meaning, decisions are made skillfully, and gratitude is second nature. And on top of that our children are happy. This all comes from teaching resilience.   The interview also discusses the culture of success and the necessity of failure. Dr. Wetter calls this “successful failure” and this is part of resilience building. The third topic of discussion today is about wants vs. needs because this attitude relates directly to entitlement and earning. The perfect example is technology – many children confuse wanting a new digital device with needing that device. Parents need to ask themselves “how does my child earn this?” and “why does my child need this?” and often these two questions are the key to teaching our children the difference. These lessons reflect values. Teaching children about earning means we will raise motivated adults who understand that many of the best things in life are earned. Dr. Wetter encourages parents to think about the long term goals for their children and the big picture of how they want their children to be and live. The show wraps up with Dr. Wetter’s Parent Footprint moment and the story of how his daughter taught him the importance of preserving that magical natural born kindness that lives in all of our young children. It’s a truly inspiring moment and one listeners will think about long after the show ends. A nationally recognized behavioral health expert, Dr. Michael G. Wetter is a Diplomate and Fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association, and has served as an Oral Examination Commissioner and Subject Matter Expert for the California State Licensing Board of Psychology. He is an active member of the American Psychological Association, American Academy of Psychologists, the National Alliance of Psychology Providers, and the California Psychological Association. Dr. Wetter is a nationally recognized expert in the field of Psychology, published author, and an invited speaker and guest lecturer, training other psychologists and mental health professionals. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Oct 19, 2017
Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome, with Ty Tashiro
Have you ever felt awkward in a social situation? Today Dr. Dan’s guest is Ty Tashiro, Ph.D. ( the author of AWKWARD: The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome. A psychologist and interpersonal relationship expert, Ty Tashiro gives Dr. Dan and listeners an illuminating look at what it means to be awkward and how we can all embrace our personal quirks to harness our potential and more comfortably navigate this complex world.  For awkward people (this includes adults and children), the simple act of navigating everyday situations can feel very overwhelming. Often unable to grasp social cues or master the skills and grace necessary for smooth interaction, they feel out of sync with those around them. How can parents help themselves and their children embrace their awkwardness?  Growing up Ty Tashiro was awkward himself -- he could do complex arithmetic in his head and memorize the earned run averages of every National League starting pitcher but he struggled during interactions with other kids and was prone to forgetting routine social expectations. During today’s interview Dr. Dan and Dr. Tashiro explore Ty’s personal story, the differences between boys vs. girls as well as the nature vs. nurture origins of awkwardness. A highlight of the interview is how parents can feel comfort and find community knowing their children are not alone. Parents must be patient, supportive, and not overreact to their child’s awkwardness. Awkwardness can mean your child is passionate, driven, or even gifted.  Dr. Dan explains that most of us feel a little awkward sometime in our lives, and that awkwardness is not social anxiety. When a parent remains calm and gives children a social script while acting patiently they can teach their children how to feel empowered to better navigate the complexities of the social world. Supporting our socially awkward children will help their self-esteem and potential. And it can also foster empathy and kindness.  During the Parent Footprint moment, Ty talks about his own childhood interest in baseball statistics and how his passion could have been perceived as awkward or even worrisome for his parents. But when his parents bought him a special encyclopedia he realized not only did his parents accept him but that they loved him unconditionally and they were really with him. Decades later this anecdote is still a powerful one for Ty.  TY TASHIRO, Ph.D., is also the author of The Science of Happily Ever After. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post,,, and on NPR and Sirius XM Stars radio. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, has been an award-winning professor at the University of Maryland and University of Colorado, and has addressed TED@NYC, Harvard Business School, MIT’s Media Lab, and the American Psychological Association. He lives in New York City. For more information visit: Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Sep 29, 2017
The Possibility Principle and How Quantum Physics Can Improve the Way You Think, Live, and Love, with Mel Schwartz
Dr. Dan welcomes Mel Schwartz today. This exciting episode is about the incredible work of psychotherapist Mel Schwartz and his new book THE POSSIBILITY PRINCIPLE. Mel’s groundbreaking philosophy about reality and quantum physics will make readers think and embark on self-examination journeys. Today’s episode challenges readers to answer the question Mel’s been asking his clients for over 20 years: How would you like to experience your life? Dr. Dan and Mel Schwartz discuss how THE POSSIBILITY PRINCIPLE offers a revolutionary approach to how we can live the life we choose—free from the wounds of our past and the constraints of our ingrained beliefs and thoughts. It’s a blueprint for how to overcome anxiety and depression and shows us how we can thrive in our relationships and develop authentic self-esteem. And it is this groundbreaking philosophy that parents can learn to model and teach their children. By answering Mel’s simple question we can all begin to believe that our goals and desires are attainable. By embracing uncertainty (and making the unknown our ally) we embrace the flow of life—and what better lesson to teach our children and families? When we show our children who we are and when we live in an authentic way we show our own true self to our children and we genuinely reach them. Listeners will hear how and why mastering our own thoughts—and teaching our children to master their thoughts—ultimately means we can truly become the master of our own life. Mel’s Parent Footprint moment is rich advice and is all about children seeking their own potential. When his son came home with a less than perfect report card and as a Dad he reacted in way that was critical and caused his son to share this poignant third grade wisdom: Let me be a kid Dad! And his son was right. Mel Schwartz wants us to share our life story with our children: Our successes, failures, vulnerability, and triumphs—all of our whole actual life with them. Mel Schwartz LCSW, MPhil, is a psychotherapist and marriage counselor in private practice in Westport, CT and Manhattan for over 20 years. He is an emerging voice in the field of personal transformation and is one of the first practicing psychotherapists to integrate the principles of quantum physics into a psychotherapeutic approach. He earned his graduate degree from Columbia University. Mel is the author of The Art of Intimacy, The Pleasure of Passion, and he blogs for Psychology Today. He has written over 100 articles, read by more than 1.5 million people. For more information: Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Sep 21, 2017
Creating “Oasis Time” with Dr. Marilyn Paul
Today Dr. Dan welcomes Dr. Marilyn Paul, an author, parent and well being expert. Marilyn‘s passion is the basis of her new book for parents and families An Oasis in Time: How a Day of Rest Can Save Your Life (Rodale, August 2017) – in it she shows us all how a day of rest can transform and save lives.  We live in hurried times. We value busy-ness, juggling too much, and trying to reach daily pie-in-the-sky goals. We are connected 24/7 and we are passing these habits on to our children. Dr. Paul encourages us to make small changes to make big life changes - spending meaningful time in nature or attending a family dinner and taking a day of rest is a gift we can give ourselves and our children. Listeners today will learn that there are practical strategies for creating their own modern-day Sabbath or day of rest, whatever their religious beliefs. Scheduled rest time is life-affirming and creates an oasis.  Parents can integrate "oasis time" into their lives by examining their habits and finding and scheduling “pause time” – purposefully. There is power in STOPPING and making it sacred. And you can do this with your family – stretching, deep breathing, looking at a tree, turning off all screens, playing a board game, going on a family walk. By seeking a way to pause and refresh ourselves we will recover from exhaustion and at the same time teach our children this crucial life lesson that should be a priority.  Dr. Dan and Dr. Paul talk about “giving up achievement” on your day of rest. Dr. Dan goes on to explain how being present with yourself and your loved ones (and avoid the need To Do) is a paradigm shifting way of thinking and living.  The Parent Footprint moment Marilyn describes is eye-opening: Marilyn considered herself a parent who limited her own cell phone usage. But when Marilyn’s son called her a phone addict, Marilyn learned she was wrong and started to simply STOP using her device when she is with her son. Nothing is more important than being with her child and so she puts the phone away now. With a Ph.D. from the Yale School of Management and an M.B.A. from Cornell, Dr. Paul takes a creative, integrative approach that blends practical skills training with inner work. As a senior consultant with Bridgeway Partners, an organizational consulting group based in the San Francisco Bay Area, she has worked with a wide range of companies, non-profits, religious organizations and educational institutions. In addition to her consulting work, she has taught on the faculties of Yale University School of Medicine, the Hebrew University School of Public Health and Colby College in Waterville Maine. In her new book, An Oasis in Time: How a Day of Rest Can Save Your Life (Rodale, 2017), Dr. Paul shows that a solution for the modern sense of relentless pressure can be found in the ancient tradition of the Sabbath. Among the many profound benefits of taking a day off each week are renewed perspective, enhanced creativity and a refreshed outlook on life. Drawing on Sabbath history, contemporary research and her own personal experience, Dr. Paul shows readers how to design a weekly time off, carve out the time from busy schedule and most importantly, change their mindset to have the pleasure of regularly slowing down every week. Marilyn is also the author of It's Hard to Make a Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys: The Seven-Step Path to Becoming Truly Organized and has been featured in USA Today,The Boston Globe,The Chicago Tribune, NPR, the Discovery Channel and Yoga Journal. Dr. Paul lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son. For more information, please visit Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Aug 24, 2017
Creating An Environment Of Wellbeing with Dr. Paula Wilkes
In today’s episode Dr. Dan welcomes Summit Center colleague Dr. Paula Wilkes to discuss how to create well being for ourselves and our families. Dr. Dan and Dr. Wilkes discuss how we can help all children discover their true nature and find their inner peace. This episode also devotes time to the particular challenges of gifted and spiritually sensitive children. Dr. Wilkes lives by deliberately making mindfulness and well being her daily goals as a result of her own personal journey with stress and pain. Her “morning workout” is easy to follow and transformative. She explains that by modeling wellness to our children they will begin to learn about the mind and body connection. During the interview listeners will hear how we can all create calm and peace in our lives: by not rushing, by listening to calm music, by practicing meditation, by finding on-the-go mindful moments and much more. Dr. Wilkes defines mindfulness as being in the moment as life is happening. And for our children because regulation and environment contribute to well being then as parents and educators we need to teach our children to practice self-kindness, self-awareness, and self-love so that they can learn to nourish a feeling of peace in themselves. In one of the most memorable Parent Footprint moments, Paula beautifully recounts to Dr. Dan how her own lifelong evolution of self-awareness and well being profoundly influenced her own daughter’s career and life choices when she became a mother. Paula’s journey benefited her adult daughter in immeasurable ways. Today’s episode proves how important the core value of Parent Footprint is: that we must take good care of ourselves so that we can take good care of our children and grandchildren. Paula Wilkes, Ph.D has worked in gifted education for more than 35 years as a public school teacher, a university professor, and a gifted consultant. She is currently a coach for gifted children and adults at Summit Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Wilkes provides cognitive coaching, counseling, and consultation for children and their parents on gifted and “twice-exceptional” issues (including sensitivity and intensity). In addition, she is a coach for gifted and twice-exceptional adults who may be struggling with issues related to misdiagnosis, multi-potentiality, anxiety, work and/or relationship challenges, and a desire to make a stronger connection to their spiritual sensitivity. Dr. Wilkes is a mother and grandmother who focuses her attention on creating calm, loving environments for herself, her family, and her clients. She is available for face-to-face consultations in Los Angeles, and by Skype, with experience working with international clients. You can learn more about her at, and Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Aug 10, 2017
Facing Fear and Finding Joy with Jessica Teich
Dr. Dan joyfully welcomes author and Rhodes Scholar Jessica Teich today ( Jessica’s memoir The Future Tense of Joy has been universally praised by many including Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Daniel Silva, countless reviewers and a diverse group of bloggers for its honest, courageous, and real discussion of fear, suicide, violence against women, sexual abuse and rape. Through her writing and her own harrowing story Jessica advocates for victims of violence and sexual abuse as well as anyone struggling with anxiety and mental illness. Ultimately, Jessica is a real life role model for purposeful parenting, facing fears, equality, philanthropy, and volunteerism. Her writing has built a community of connection and a safe place for truth telling. Jessica’s deeply personal take on how she is a survivor and how her own resilience is a daily process that she cultivates for herself and her daughters and family – by tuning into the noises and violence she experienced when she was sixteen she freed herself through the book and writing. It’s through her daily ritual of facing her own fears that she has found joy and is now passing that skill to her daughters. Dr. Dan and Jessica Teich talk about real life parenting experiences during their conversation and all parents will relate to topics ranging from perfectionism to homework to the viral Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” and how as parents we need to model how to filter and how to help our teens sort through new -- and oftentimes -- frightening adolescent experiences. We are our children’s best and most influential resource -- we need to listen and really hear them. Dr. Dan emphasizes how our children are always watching:  they see and hear what we are doing and then learn from our examples. This episode deeply connects to how Parent Footprint challenges us all to be our best for ourselves and our children. Dr. Dan asks Jessica about her one piece of advice to work through fear and to find joy – be present. This thought-provoking episode wraps up with Jessica’s Parent Footprint moment about her own unfounded fear of a particular ice cream when her children were young and she poignantly describes how she had to push away this irrational fear in order to open up the whole wide world of joy to her children – ice cream and all! Jessica Teich graduated summa cum laude from Yale and received an M.Phil degree from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes scholar. Her previous book, Trees Make The Best Mobiles: Simple Ways To Raise Your Child In A Complex World, appeared in Vanity Fair, People, Us, and The Chicago Tribune, and was featured on the Today Show. For almost a decade, Teich worked as a literary manager at the Mark Taper Forum, commissioning and developing plays. She subsequently received a grant to write and direct a movie for the Directing Workshop for Women at the American Film Institute. Teich served as head of the Biography committee for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two daughters, and dog. Praise for The Future Tense of Joy: "A daring and intimate journey into the soul of motherhood. Compelling." —Steve Martin "Intoxicating and deeply immersive. This elegant book has a cinematic immediacy. It’s a page turner and thriller in the best sense of both words." —Daniel Silva, New York Times bestselling author "Jessica Teich's understanding of trauma is the infallible authority upon which her tale rests. But the delicacy and nuance with which she renders this story is that of a poet. This beautiful, compassionately imagined book will bring a pang of recognition to anyone who has traveled to young adulthood from a wounded adolescence via the quest for 'perfection.'" —Meryl Streep For more information visit Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Jun 22, 2017
Secrets of Simplicity and Living Better with Mary Carlomagno
Dr. Dan welcomes Oprah Winfrey favorite, author, entrepreneur and parent Mary Carlomagno to this episode. Today’s interview will delight listeners because it is all about chasing your dreams, living in experiences (as opposed to buying materialistic things) and being present. Mary has a fresh approach to navigating parenting – she lives by the motto dream big (“Leap and the net will appear!”) and live fully (but with balance and passion)!  Just like in her organizing business, Mary teaches the daily practice of modeling behavior for and with her own family. Her deliberate ways of parenting will open up how listeners think about their own parenting. Dr. Dan agrees with Mary that modeling our best selves for our children is the most important thing we can do for our kids – and ourselves. Dr. Dan frames their lively conversation by talking about Parent Footprint’s main core value: when we are aware of our own goals and our own visions then we are successfully living in the moment and leaving the best footprints for our children to follow.  Mary lives with purpose and passion – from her journey to live more simply with less to her deeper philosophy about rituals and good habits to her current dream of releasing her first novel -- BEST FRIEND FOR HIRE -- which will be published on June 20, 2017.  Mary’s Parent Footprint moment relates back to her own lifelong love of books and reading. She poignantly describes one day this passion came full circle with her own children when she visited her son’s classroom as a mystery reader and for the first time he saw her not just as Mom but as a whole, happy, fulfilled person and a role model.  As the founder and owner of Order, Mary Carlomagno lives by a philosophy that is simple and can applied to all parts of our lives -- do not let clutter control your life. Her first book Give It Up! My Year of Learning to Live Better with Less is published by HarperCollins. Her second book, Secrets of Simplicity is published by Chronicle Books. Her third book Live More, Want Less is published by Storey Publishing. Mary has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today Show, Fox and Friends, CBS News and Good Housekeeping TV. She has been interviewed on National Public Radio, the Joan Hamburg Show, Martha Stewart Living and has been featured in Real Simple, Woman’s Day, Newsday and the New York Daily News. Mary writes frequently on the subject of getting organized for magazines and newspapers including the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer. For more information visit Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Jun 01, 2017
Parenting is Hard; Suffering is Optional with Kimberlee Anne King
Dr. Dan is very excited about today’s episode with guest Kimberlee Anne King because the focus is on many of the core values of Parent Footprint.  The two discuss Kimberlee’s work with parents and families, her book and how she is revoltionizing modern parenting by telling parents to work on their own issues first and then their parenting will not only improve it will soar! Kimberlee Anne King is a parent of four, stepparent of three, author, co-founder of Inspired Attention, Inc., educational consultant, speaker, mentor, and parent coach.   Her first-hand parenting experience over the last 20 years has given her a unique perspective on how to overcome the challenges and frustrations of parenting whether the children are gifted, challenged, or neurotypical. In her book, Parenting is Hard. Suffering is Optional. A Handbook for Parents on the Brink, she gives the reader a peek into her own humorous and heart-wrenching and very personal journey as she discovered the key to becoming a better parent: Work on yourself and your children will follow. We cannot fix our children or eliminate chaos in life. We can, however, work on becoming the best version of ourselves, learning along the way to experience joy despite our circumstances. Suffering is truly optional. Kimberlee Anne and Dr. Dan discuss many compelling topics in today’s including how to be happy despite chaos, judgement (don’t do it!), gratitude, radical self-acceptance, ego, present parenting, self-improvement, perfectionism, cutting the proverbial umbilical cord (especially if our kids have challenges) and so much more. Intensely positive, Kimberlee shares the wisdom that suffering really is optional – you DO have a choice.  And she shares the ONE thing she always recommends to parents: dig into your own self and examine what work you can do on you and your own issues. When we as parents grow, when we shift into the positive so will our children. The episode wraps up with Dr. Dan’s Parent Footprint Moment question. Since Kimberlee’s book (and life!) are full of Parent Footprint moments her answer will really stir listeners deeply:  how the decision to give herself the gift of radical self-care early in her own parenting journey transformed her parenting forever because of one simple sentence her son said. Kimberlee has also lectured at universities, public and private schools, parent groups, and conferences; and she is a PhD candidate in Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medical Therapies.   More information is on her website and her blog. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
May 18, 2017
Toughlove with Lisa Stiepock
Dr. Dan welcomes author/editor/expert Lisa Stiepock of ToughLove to the Parent Footprint podcast. Among other achievements Lisa Stiepock was the Editor of Disney’s award winning parenting magazine Wondertime and she is currently the editor of UCONN magazine. Dr. Dan and Lisa discuss the new parenting anthology (Dan is a contributor) toughLOVE: Raising Confident, Kind, Resilient Kids (published by Simon & Schuster) and the companion online platform. Lisa’s vision as editor was to bring together amazing parenting experts in an advice book and online for tackling the many different parenting challenges. In addition to a book ToughLove is also a thriving unique online community. Lisa explains that the book and community provide balanced, practical advice for parents from child psychology experts on how to handle almost everything - from picky eating to media consumption to the homework wars. Questions such as: How do we set limits on what our children are exposed to without sheltering them too much? How do we raise them to be resilient, empathetic, upstanding adults? How do we get them to put down their smartphones and have a conversation with us? How do we spend time with our teenagers when it appears that they don’t want to be with us? Dr. Dan and Lisa dive into several chapters in detail and discuss how the challenges of parenting evolve as the world becomes more complex. The book offers advice from professors at Ivy League medical schools, New York Times bestselling authors, and top parenting coaches who have appeared on the Today show, Good Morning America, TheOprah Winfrey Show, CBS Evening News, 20/20, CNN World News Tonight, and NPR. They address many issues, from the timeless (picky eating, homework battles, how to have The Talk) to the timely (social media safety, feelings of entitlement, ways to balance schedules). Their breadth of clinical expertise and years of coaching real families will help parents build a commonsense framework for approaching all kinds of dilemmas in a way that reflects their personal values and preferred parenting styles. Lisa distills all of her own incredible experience and work and gives us some parenting advice that will work for every age – listen. She’s takes this one-word concept with her every day of her own parenting journey and Dr. Dan explains why. Finally, the show ends with Lisa’s Parent Footprint moment – which is actually made up of many moments. As a Mom her favorite (and recent) moment was with her teen daughter participating in a local Women’s March movement and it represented the culmination of Lisa’s parenting by modeling the importance of giving back, taking a stand, and the importance of being part of social causes and the political community. And perhaps most of all Lisa reflects on how she taught her daughter about the importance of family. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Apr 20, 2017
Perfectionism with Lisa Van Gemert
Today Dr. Dan Peters welcomes expert Lisa Van Gemert the founder of Gifted Guru to discuss the important topic of Perfectionism. Both Dr. Dan and Lisa are recovering Perfectionists and today they define the condition (“unreasonable expectations with a lack of self-love”) and then teach us how to push through mistakes and discover a path to recovery based on managing perfectionism. The episodes opens with Lisa sharing a very personal story of her own struggle with perfectionism and how she organically came to this life-changing work. Lisa’s new book, Perfectionism: Practical Strategies for Managing Never Good Enough, is the foundation for today’s important discussion about signs to look for in our children and students and how to manage perfectionism with several strategies. Listeners will love Lisa’s Parent Footprint moment story at the end of the interview about her youngest son imitating her one day at home. This innocent playing led Lisa to an epiphany because she heard herself sounding like a teacher (which she was at the time) and not a parent. This life lesson shows us we sometimes don’t know how we sound to others – especially our children. More on Lisa Van Gemert: Lisa uses a combination of neuropsychology, pedagogy, experience, humor, technology, and sheer fun to share best practices in education with audiences around the world. She is an expert consultant to television shows including Lifetime’s "Child Genius," and a writer of award-winning lesson plans, as well numerous published articles on social psychology and pedagogy. A former teacher, school administrator, and Youth & Education Ambassador for Mensa, she shares resources for educators and parents on her website and is co-founder of the Gifted Guild, a professional community for educators of the gifted. Lisa and her husband Steve are the parents of three sons and live in Arlington, Texas. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Apr 06, 2017
Challenge Success: Finding Balance with Dr. Denise Pope
Dr. Dan welcomes the amazing educator, author, and co-founder of Challenge Success. Dr. Denise Pope on this episode. Today’s show focuses on helping our children and our schools (and ultimately our families) help our children find balance and deal with stress. This is a provocative topic and will challenge parents everywhere. Dr. Pope explains success is not linear. Her work aims to turn our thinking about learning, education, and success upside down (just like her logo!). Dr. Pope believes success is measured over the course of a lifetime (*not one semester!) and believes that our society has become too focused on grades, test scores, and performance, leaving little time for kids to develop the necessary skills to become resilient, ethical, and motivated learners. Dr. Dan and Dr. Pope dive deep into the topic of wellbeing and why she wants us all to move away from the narrow notion of success and expand our definition of it. Our children are suffering (as a result of sleep deprivation, depression, anxiety and more – all triggered by stress) and it has to stop. Dr. Pope share with Dr. Dan solutions and how Challenge Success provides families and schools with practical, research-based tools they need to create a more balanced and academically fulfilling life for their kids. Finally Dr. Pope’s discussion about the topic of an engaged child and student is revolutionary. This concept applies to parents and students alike. The whole child matters! Dr. Pope’s Parent Footprint moment is very insightful and also personal. The story about picking up her own daughter in first grade and always asking how she did on her spelling test was a light-bulb moment because it gave her insight into the stress her own child was experiencing as a result of this conversation. It became an important a-ha moment in her own parenting journey and of course in her work. More about Dr. Pope: Denise Pope, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, where she specializes in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. Challenge Success is an expanded version of the SOS: Stressed-Out Students project that Dr. Pope founded and directed from 2003-2008. She is the author of, “Doing School”: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students (Yale University Press, 2001), which was awarded Notable Book in Education by the American School Board Journal, 2001, and co-author of Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids (Jossey-Bass, 2015). Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Mar 23, 2017
Rethinking Challenging Behaviors with Dr. Mona Delahooke
In today’s episode Dr. Dan discusses emotional regulation, co-regulation and neurodiversity with Dr. Mona Delahooke and hear her first person account of how her powerful viral blog post about Oppositional Defiance Disorder really struck a nerve with parents. Dr. Mona Delahooke is a child psychologist, author, speaker, and expert who specializes in early childhood development and early intervention for children with special needs. Her practice, speaking engagements, blog, and new book SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN EARLY INTERVENTION as well as her forthcoming book THE VISIBLE PARENT all guide, orient, inform and help parents through the journey of raising a child with special needs. Her passion and focus includes neurodiversity and relationship building between parents and children of all ages, as well as educators and caregivers.    In the of spirit helping all children Dr. Dan and Dr. Delahooke discuss empathy and compassion and how individual differences lead the way in her work because one size does not fit all. Dr. Delahooke uses a strength based, family centered, multidisciplinary approach in her work with young children and families. [Her philosophy is informed by the groundbreaking model of child development pioneered by Dr. Stanley Greenspan and Dr. Serena Wieder, known as the DIR® approach (Developmental, Individual-difference, Relationship-based).] After discussing how deeply crucial it is for children to feel safe when her or she is in stress mode and they end the episode with Dr. Delahooke’s Parent Footprint moment about parenting her two young children and how finally recognizing a stress response in one of her children (rather than intentional volitional behavior) opened her eyes turned her parenting around in a profound way – altering how she practiced and parented forever. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Mar 02, 2017
Friendship Challenges with Annie Fox
Dr. Dan joyfully welcomes Annie Fox, M.Ed. to discuss friendship, feelings, and the social world with compassion and empathy.  Annie is an educator with over thirty years of experience -- specializing in working with tweens and teens. Since 1997, she’s received email questions from tweens, teens and parents and Annie’s books The Teen Survival Guide to Dating and Relating, Too Stressed to Think? And the Middle School Confidential Series™ and Teaching Kids to Be Good People have helped countless kids and parents navigate modern parenting challenges.  Her work in the area of relationships, friendships, and feelings will teach parents how to help their own children figure out the complexity of social situations and define what is a good friendship and friend. Today’s show will teach everyone how to navigate friendship challenges and emphasizes how parents model their own challenges will help their children. Annie Fox hosts her own popular podcast, “Family Confidential: Secrets of Successful Parenting” that focuses on 21st century parenting challenges and solutions.  Her show and work is a gift to parents of tweens and teens. Find more information about Annie and her podcast and books  and The show ends with Annie’s sweet and moving story about her Parent Footprint Moment with her own daughter and how she managed to learn a life lesson one morning getting ready for school.  It leaves parents with a very important message about how we see ourselves, our children, and about acceptance. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Feb 09, 2017
The Gift of Maybe with Allison Carmen
Dr. Dan welcomes life coach, business consultant, attorney, bestselling author and parent, Allison Carmen as his guest today.  Allison is inspiring and wise and she has developed the simple life philosophy of “Maybe” to help people deal with uncertainty. Her book The Gift of Maybe has changed countless lives -- parents, adults, families, and of course her own. Allison has successfully applied the philosophy to help her clients, who range from entrepreneurs and owners of multi-million dollar companies to artists, actors, writers, fashion designers, attorneys, health care workers, parents, nannies and the homeless. Allison has witnessed hundreds of people, regardless of present circumstances, who had the courage to step into the realm of Maybe improve their lives. Her conversation today with Dr. Dan will open your mind and change your life. Why is Allison’s philosophy of Maybe so effective for parents?  Allison tells Dr. Dan the answer is that it gives us HOPE and offers us possibility.  Dr. Dan and Allison talk about how our need for certainty can cause us stress, create fear-based parenting and keeps us up at night. With Allison’s contagious concept of MAYBE we can all realize that there may be a way out of a situation, or a way forward, or just another way for us to exist right now in this moment.  The unknown does not have to create fear but rather create possibility.  Maybe is just one word and a small shift and change of perspective, but it’s one that changes everything. The show wraps up with one of most profound Parent Footprint moments when Allison talks about her own family and “not knowing” as a parent and then she finds strength, hope and possibility in MAYBE.  Dr. Dan wraps up the interview by telling us all that Allison’s daily practice of MAYBE has the ability to transform a household and an entire family and closes the show by challenging us to all find our MAYBE. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Jan 26, 2017
Self-Reg with Dr. Stuart Shanker
“There is no such thing as a bad kid.”   Dr. Dan welcomes international parenting expert and guest Dr. Stuart Shanker ( This is an encouraging discussion about the concept of self-regulation, stress, and Dr. Shanker’s paradigm-shifting new book, SELF-REG: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life Dr. Shanker knows all children are good and reveals to Dr. Dan his revolutionary new understanding of stress and how it affects children’s emotions and behavior, hidden stressors, as well as practical advice for parents to help their kids engage calmly and successfully in learning and life with 5 steps. Dr. Dan and Dr. Shanker discuss how Self-regulation is the nervous system’s way of managing stress and the fact that before parents can teach their children self-regulation they must master it themselves. The moving discussion highlights the fact that there are no bad kids and that when you see a child differently you see a different child. Dr. Stuart Shanker is a distinguished research professor of psychology and philosophy at York University and the creator of The MEHRIT Centre. He attended the University of Toronto, where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees. At the University of Oxford, he obtained his D. Phil. with distinction in philosophy and his work is used globally. At the end of the episode Dr. Dan asks Dr. Shanker about his own Parent Footprint moment. Dr. Shanker tells a moving and personal tale about his own stress as a Dad during a difficult time and reveals how in that moment he realized all parents must learn to forgive themselves and accept their own humanity. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Jan 12, 2017
Rethinking Discipline with Your Child’s Brain in Mind
Dr. Dan is joined by Dr. Tina Payne Bryson to discuss her pioneering and revolutionary work in area of brain-based parenting. Dr. Tina Bryson is the co-author with Dr. Daniel Siegel of two New York Times bestsellers (The Whole Brain Child; No Drama Discipline) and is Executive Director of the Center for Connection in Pasadena. In 2000 Dr. Bryson was a new mother, immersed in studying the brain and simultaneously working on her Ph.D. with Dr. Daniel Siegel. Her work and real life learning reached new heights when she applied practical findings with her own child (and other parents) and out of this work she eventually wrote The Whole Brain Child and changed how millions of parents approach their child’s behavior. Dr. Bryson challenges today’s current trends in parenting – especially discipline -- by exploring the mind behind the behaviors in children instead of just focusing on the behavior. Listeners to this episode will be enlightened by Dr. Bryson’s basic discussion of the brain and nervous system and discover that a child’s behavior can change over time. And her explanation of the differences between discipline and punishment gives leads every listener to a profound on-air “aha” moment -- and a teachable lesson and take-away every parent will want to immediately put into action. In addition to lecturing internationally and working with private patients, Dr. Bryson also helps parents, schools, educators and the research community to learn best practices of brain based parenting and ways to transform parenting, discipline, and learning. Dr. Dan wraps up this episode by asking Tina the one thing all parents need to do today to revolutionize their own parenting right now and ends with Tina’s intimate Parent Footprint Moment about how she had to let go of her own fear and her own need to fix things in order to become a present parent. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Sep 26, 2016
The Dyslexic Advantage
Dr. Dan tackles a personal topic on today’s episode: Dyslexia. Dyslexia has personally touched Dr. Dan and his family and today he explores the diagnosis with the premiere expert on dyslexia and learning differences. In this interview with Dr. Fernette Eide (co-author of The Dyslexic Advantage and The Mislabeled Child) and founder (with her husband Dr. Brock Eide) of the nonprofit Dyslexic Advantage, Dr. Dan gives listeners access to the most important information about dyslexia and learning differences. Dr. Fernette’s incredible work, along with her husband Dr. Brock, through Dyslexic Advantage along with her passion for helping children and families is changing the paradigm of how people see dyslexia every day. By focusing on the tremendous strengths, Dyslexic Advantage has shaped a positive identity for children with dyslexia and created a compassionate, thriving, dynamic and informed community. Listeners will learn about early signs of dyslexia, new approaches including diverse learning techniques, why it’s a great time to have dyslexia right now (according to Dr. Fernette!) along with some fun trivia about successful dyslexics and the seven wonders of the world! In this episode Dr. Fernette explores definitions of dyslexia, the history of the diagnosis, how to empower parents and ways to show kids how they can maximize their potential. She offers advice about testing your child for dyslexia, finding out how to navigate school subjects based on strengths, and why it’s important to trust your instincts as a parent. The episode wraps up with Dr. Fernette’s own eye opening Parent Footprint Moment years ago in a Mommy & Me class and how it opened her mind to how best to raise her first child. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Sep 26, 2016
Make Social Learning Stick with Elizabeth Sautter
Dr. Dan interviews Elizabeth Sautter co-director/owner of Communication Works and a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. Elizabeth is the author of Make Social Learning Stick who works with children and families to help them manage emotions and communicate effectively. These skills are critical for children and parents to live a satisfying life – skills needed for building meaningful relationships, working in groups, succeeding in school, living independently, and holding a job. In this debut episode of the podcast parents learn about Social Regulation (the combination of self-regulation and social communication), when to seek help from a professional, and what parents can do tonight at the dinner table. Our first episode wraps up with Elizabeth talking about her family’s struggle with ADHD, and her own very personal Parent Footprint moment about self-care. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Sep 26, 2016
When 20/20 Eyesight Isn't Enough - Diagnosing Visual Challenges in Order to Reach a Child's Potential with Gary L. Etting, O.D., F.C.O.v.D.
In today’s episode of The Parent Footprint Podcast with Dr. Dan Peters we hear from Dr. Gary Etting about vision and hearing challenges and how his own personal experience with vision problems as a child inspired his life’s work.  Dr. Gary L. Etting is a developmental optometrist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of vision problems that interfere with reading and learning. Board certified in vision development, he just recently celebrated his 41st year providing these specialty services to the public. By removing “visual roadblocks” with his specialized services Dr. Etting’s team gives children the opportunity to avoid forming bad habits and deal early in life with visual weakness that are treatable. He truly helps his patients reach their potential. This interview delves into sight vs. vision and learning disablities, diagnosis, vision therapy, resources ( and so much more. Finally, Dr. Dan wraps up the discussion of visual abilities with Dr. Etting’s profound Parent Footprint moment about his own parenting moment he shared with his wife about his own son’s journey to finding his passion and pursuing his dreams. Dr. Etting’s gratitude for this moment will inspire listeners everywhere. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Sep 26, 2016
What if Your Child Can’t be a Good Listener? Exploring Auditory Processing with Dr. Debra Swain
Dr. Dan and Dr. Swain talk about hearing and listening on this episode. It’s all about “what we do with what we hear” and “how the ear speaks to the brain” and that some children simply don’t have the innate ability to be a good listener and behavior is the only clue that a child is struggling. Dr. Deborah Ross-Swain is the former Chief of Speech Pathology at the University of California Davis Medical Center and the owner and Clinical Director of The Swain Center for Listening, Communicating and Learning. She has over 35 years of experience in the areas of auditory processing, ASD, learning and Early Intervention and is a nationally recognized speaker, writer and researcher and author. Her book Auditory Processing Disorders: Assessment, Management and Treatment is the foundation for today’s insightful discussion which includes a discussion about assessments, social challenges, diagnosis, and learning challenges. Dr. Dan leads this detailed discussion about how parents can become more aware and in doing so support their child. Dr. Dan is moved at the end of the episode when Dr. Swain shares that her Parent Footprint moment has always been about respecting each of her four children and how that respect has come back full circle for her. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Sep 26, 2016
Bringing Mindfulness to your Marriage with Megan Eierman
Today Dr. Dan interviews family and marriage therapist Megan Eierman.  A skilled and gifted therapist, Megan specializes in all aspects of communication and talks to Dr. Dan about what is essential to a positive and healthy relationship -- and how modeling solid and meaningful relationships can help parents raise happy and healthy kids.  Listeners will instantly connect with Megan’s warm, engaged and interactive approach and will take away important advice from Dr. Dan’s discussion with her about power struggles, awareness, emotions, change, trust, balance, intention, and reflection and how they all ultimately relate to 'positive' parenting. Megan’s Parent Footprint moment comes from a place of gratitude and is about connecting daily (really it’s not so hard to do when you take her advice about cell phones!). Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Sep 26, 2016
Raising Creative Kids with Dr. Susan Daniels
Dr. Dan interviews his colleague and friend Dr. Susan Daniels about creativity, imagination, passion, and ultimately happiness – for ourselves and for our children. Dr. Daniels is co-founder and Educational Director of the Summit Center as well as Professor of Educational Psychology and Counseling at California State University – San Bernardino. Her book Raising Creative Kids (co-written with Dr. Dan) is the go-to resource for cultivating the creative spirit at school and at home. In this podcast Dr. Dan and Dr. Daniels dig deep and discuss purpose, potential, and the “4 C’s” of creativity. Creativity is much more than coloring and crafting – it’s about invention, design, imagination and the support – even guidance – of parents with the ultimate payoff of a healthy and happy life. The episode ends with Dr. Daniels and her inspiring Parent Footprint moment about being a single parent and being present with her son. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Sep 26, 2016
From Surviving to Thriving: Finding your Child’s Sweet Spot at School, Home and in Life with Larry Davis
Dr. Dan welcomes his inspiring friend, collaborator, and colleague Larry Davis.   Dr. Dan and Larry believe in the foundation of love and understanding to helping children learn and thrive.  Larry Davis is an educational consultant, advocate, author, trainer and award winning educator.  His nationally recognized practice helps families find balance and the “sweet spot” for their children.  He has collaborated with Dr. Dan Peters on many projects and is the author of Love, Understanding, and Other Best Practices as well as his most recent book Insider’s Guide to Special Education Advocacy.  Larry’s work is rooted in his life’s passion:  working with children - from being a teacher and a principal - to eventually starting his own consultant practice specializing in advocating for special needs children and their families.  Larry’s work is based on his intuitive and insightful expertise on connecting with children and using the connection to communicate with educators and therapists.  Larry’s clients consistently remark the he has a gift of  “understanding our child and hearing parents.” Larry’s out of the box thinking and his contagious energy enlightens listeners about the power of trust and fully celebrates that all children are remarkable. Larry and Dan wrap-up the show with Larry’s intense Parent Footprint moment about his son’s trip to Turkey and how his ability to trust his son resulted in a learning experience that was life-changing for both father and his son. Watch this free video to learn more about Dr. Dan and Parent Footprint Awareness Training®. See for privacy information.
Sep 26, 2016