Episode 112: Building Blocks for Life: Collaboration and Problem-Solving through Hands-On Learning with Guest Laura Coe

In this episode of the Brainy Moms podcast, Dr. Amy Moore and Teri Miller interview Laura Coe, the Founder and CEO of Snapology, a STEM/STEAM enrichment program for kids.  Laura shares the importance of hands-on learning experiences for children, particularly those that include exposure to  science, technology, engineering, art, and math. She discusses the benefits of  early experiences with building blocks, robots, and other hands-on materials to help create a foundation of critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, teamwork, and other social skills. 

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Episode 111: Raising Innovative Thinkers: The Power of Art for Kids with guest Bette Fetter

In this episode of Brainy Moms, Dr. Amy interviews Bette Fetter, the CEO of Young Rembrandts and the author of the #1 Amazon bestselling book Being Visual: Raising a Generation of Innovative Thinkers.  Bette shares how the arts are critical for developing the skills that lead to creativity, innovation, and out-of-the box thinking. She discusses how schools are missing the opportunity to nurture these skills that every child will need in adulthood regardless of career path. Best of all, she shares how all children have the capacity for artistry with some instruction.   

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Episode 110: From Trauma to Transformation: Finding the Silver Lining in The COVID Cloud

In this uplifting and encouraging episode of Brainy Moms, Dr. Amy and Teri share that although 2020 was a difficult year with suffering and frustration and loss, there are stories of success and triumph and hope as well.  They share tips on how we can adopt a mindset of growth and transformation as we are coming out of this global pandemic, and discuss examples of how the pandemic has led to positive changes and ways to help children identify the positives in their own lives.  

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Episode 109: Fit Bodies, Fit Brains: Academic Benefits of Physical Activity for Children with Sophia Wastler, MS Ed

In this episode of the Brainy Moms podcast, Dr. Amy and Teri interview Sophia Wastler, MS Ed, the Founder and CEO of the STARZ Program–a children’s fitness enrichment program. Sophia shares how her experience as a physical education teacher inspired her to create a fitness program for young children to give them a jump start on the benefits to their brains, academic performance, and mental health. She gives tips for helping kids engage in physical activity and tells us why it’s so important. Sophia also shares how moms can easily start their own children’s fitness business. 

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Episode 108: Succeed at Parenting without Losing Who You Are-guest Dr. Whitney Casares

In this inspiring episode of The Brainy Moms podcast, Dr. Amy and Teri interview pediatrician Whitney Casares, MD, author of the book The Working Mom Blueprint: Winning at Parenting Without Losing Yourself. Dr. Whitney shares insights on how to overcome feeling conflicted about managing the many responsibilities of motherhood and gives moms tips on how to hold on to their own identities amidst the chaos of parenting. Her message is for all moms: working moms, stay-at-home moms, homeschool moms, & working-at-home moms! And her advice will resonate with Dads as well.

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Episode 107: Helping Kids with Auditory Processing Disorders-guest Dr. Jody Jedlicka

 

In this episode of The Brainy Moms podcast, Dr. Amy interviews audiologist Dr. Jody Jedlicka. Dr. Jody specializes in auditory processing disorders (APD) and the challenges children with APD experience. She shares her clinical experience with brain training as an effective intervention for APD, not only for remediating cognitive deficits but also for improving the personal stories children can begin to create about their own futures. 

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Episode 106: Unpacking the Mom-cation: Selfish Getaway or Essential Rest?

In this episode of the Brainy Moms podcast, we discuss the practice of taking a solo getaway known as a Mom-cation, or Mommy Sabbatical. Teri advocates strongly for the practice while Dr. Amy suggests that time could be better spent nurturing your relationship with a significant other. Sharing recent research and personal experience on both sides of this subject,  it’s their liveliest debate yet. Don’t miss hearing the pros and cons of the mom-cation as well as some alternatives. 

 

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Episode 105: Helicopter Parenting – The Good, the Bad, & the Alternative Flight Plans

In this episode of the Brainy Moms podcast, Dr. Amy and Teri discuss a variety of parenting styles, including Helicopter, Free-Range, Lawnmower, and Tiger parents.  They reveal results from recent research on the pitfalls of helicopter parenting, talk about what other experts are saying, and share their personal parenting styles. Dr. Amy offers 8 tips for all parents, regardless of their current parenting style, to help connect and communicate well with their children.  

Episode 104: Help Your Child Finish the School Year Strong

In this episode of the Brainy Moms podcast, Teri asks how moms (and dads) can help their kids push through the last months of school to finish the year well. Dr. Amy shares some tips for motivating and communicating with both elementary age and older kids to help them persevere to the end of the year. They also discuss how parents can manage their own expectations and redefine what finishing strong means for each individual child, especially during a pandemic year. 

Episode 103: What Should Working Moms Never Say to Stay-at-Home Moms (and Vice Versa)?

In this episode of the Brainy Moms podcast, Teri and Dr. Amy discuss common mistakes in communication between working moms and stay-at-home moms.  Combining their own experiences with some conversation oopsies highlighted in the media, they share tips on talking “across the aisle” with moms who probably aren’t so different from one another after all.