Want to help cultivate your child’s creativity? Wondering how to help your child integrate the creative and logical parts of their mind? On this episode of Brainy Moms, Dr. Amy and Teri interview clinical psychologist, Dr. Michael Alcee who specializes in the psychology of creativity. He shares how we as parents can help nurture creativity in our children while also supporting the development of linear thinking. Michael tells us that encouraging our kids to explore the many sides of themselves is a key aspect of mental health. From creativity to emotions to interests to introversion, we cover a lot about integrating creativity, passions, and skillsets in this hour. Join us for a journey into the psychology of creativity.
Does your child struggle with reading or spelling? Wondering what to do for a child with dyslexia? On this episode of Brainy Moms, Dr. Amy and Teri interview Reading and Dyslexia Specialist, Donesa Walker, MS Ed, BCCS. Donesa tells us what’s happening in the brain of struggling readers, how there are different types of dyslexia that show up in a variety of ways, what some warning signs are that parents should look out for, and what the most effective interventions should include.
Donesa shares her journey from classroom teacher to board certified cognitive specialist and how brain training has changed so many lives of both kids and adults who struggle with reading. This episode is educational, inspirational, and carries a message of hope from a delightful and charming reading expert.
In this episode of the Brainy Moms parenting podcast, Dr. Amy and visiting co-host Sandra Zamalis interview the renowned Dr. Sam Goldstein, pediatric neuropsychologist and co-author of the book, Tenacity in Children: Nurturing the Seven Instincts for Lifetime Success.
Dr. Sam shares the importance of focusing on a child’s strengths and assets in order to build resilience and tenacity. He talks about the 7 instincts that lead to tenacity (or grit) and how parents can impact the development of those instincts to give their child the biggest chance of success. This episode is full of insights and information about the brain from a pioneer in the field of child psychology.
In this episode of Brainy Moms, Dr. Amy and Teri interview Christy Keating, Founder & CEO of The Heartful Parent and former attorney specializing in the prosecution of sexually violent predators. Christy continues our discussion about protecting our children in an internet-driven world. She shares 7 strategies for keeping kids safer online, teaches us warning signs of predatory behaviors, and coaches us on how to talk to our kids and teens about pornography and privacy. It’s an episode full of tips for parents of both younger and older kids.
In this episode of the Brainy Moms parenting podcast, Dr. Amy and Teri interview Clint Davis, a licensed counselor, pastor, and trauma specialist. Clint shares how technology and social media have contributed to widespread sexual abuse and trauma for the current generation of children. This episode rattled us with the shocking statistics and showed us where we can fall short as parents in protecting our children from predators. It’s an uncomfortable conversation about having uncomfortable conversations as families, but so very necessary to keep our kids and teens safe. Don’t miss this one.
In this episode of the Brainy Moms parenting podcast, Dr. Amy and Teri interview female mindset coach Shelley Bosworth of Shelley Bosworth Coaching and host of The Successful Ladies Escape Lounge on Facebook. Shelley shares how our years of negative self-talk impact how we approach challenges in life and that we can learn to reframe our thoughts and the way we speak to ourselves in order to create a mindset that moves us forward. She says that so many women want more out of their lives but just don’t know how to approach getting there. Her coaching and free Facebook support group helps women with mindset, motivation, and momentum for experiencing and achieving success.
In this episode of the Brainy Moms parenting podcast, Dr. Amy & Teri interview Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge: psychologist, mental health trailblazer, founder of the Global Institute of Children’s Mental Health, a media expert who is changing the way we view and treat children’s mental health, and author of the book, It’s Gonna Be OK!
Dr. Roseann shares how the pandemic has worsened the mental health crisis for our children and adolescents and what we are seeing as a result. She talks about the impact of social isolation and how children are struggling with regulating their emotions and their basic abilities to communicate with others. The good news? There are ways we can help. Dr. Roseann offers some fantastic tips for parents and reassures us that despite the current challenges, it’s going to be okay!
In this episode of the Brainy Moms parenting podcast, Dr. Amy Moore and Teri Miller interview Homeschool Consultant, FASD Advocate, and author of the book, Blazing New Homeschool Trails: Educating and Launching Teens with Developmental Disabilities. In the first half of the episode, Natalie shares her story of giving up a career as an art and recreational therapist to homeschool her adopted son with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). From this experience, she gives listeners tips on adapting the homeschool curriculum to meet the needs of neurodiverse kids–a new way of thinking about preparing kids with special needs for adulthood.
In the second half of the show, Natalie shares facts and research about FASD that may surprise even the most informed among us. Her research-backed message? No amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. This is a must-listen episode with a passionate and knowledgeable FASD expert.
In this episode of the Brainy Moms parenting podcast, Dr. Amy and Teri interview Stephanie Dua, Co-Founder and President of HOMER Learning, an early reading and math program for kids 2-8. Stephanie shares the importance of creating a strong foundation of reading and math readiness skills for confidence beginning or returning to school. She also shares insights for moms about her 80/20 parenting philosophy with tips on eliminating a perfectionist mindset and adopting a more simplified approach. The conversation also includes helping children manage big emotions with confidence. It’s an episode full of tips and insights from a highly-experienced and respected education entrepreneur!
In this episode of the Brainy Moms podcast, Dr. Amy Moore and visiting co-host Sandra Zamalis interview The Parenting Strategist, Lillian Reekie. Lillian shares her personal journey and challenges of raising a neurodiverse child and the transformative impact of learning and implementing Howard Glasser’s Nurtured Heart Approach to parenting and communicating with both her children. As an Advanced Trainer in this extraordinary approach, she teaches moms (and dads) how to use it in their own relationships with their children. Lillian gives listeners some parenting tips to use right away, free access to her book, and information about her Facebook group and parenting classes. Grab your tissues and listen to this heartwarming and encouraging episode!