Welcome To Day Four Of The
HAPPILY FAMILY ONLINE CONFERENCE
May 19, 2019
Offer EXPIRES May 21 midnight PDT
Free Range Kids in a High Tech Age
Lenore Skenazy is a blogger, columnist, and author. She got massive media attention and was dubbed, “America’s Worst Mom” when she let her then-9-year-old son take the New York City Subway home alone. In response, Lenore founded the book, blog, and movement “Free-Range Kids” and a new non-profit organization “Let Grow”, with the aim of “fighting the belief that our children are in constant danger from creeps, kidnapping, germs, grades, flashers, frustration, failure, baby snatchers, bugs, bullies, men, sleepovers and the perils of a non-organic grape.”
In this hilarious conversation, Lenore Skenazy explains why kids growing up today in the US (and many other English speaking countries) have very little freedom in comparison to their parents, even though crime is at a record low. Computers and phones give parents the ability to monitor children (their location, their vital signs, their grades, etc) in unprecedented ways, however these technological advances might impact our relationship with our kids, slow their development, and actually not keep kids any safer or help us parents be any calmer! Lenore talks about how the Let Grow non-profit program is changing schools and communities at no cost, and making it easy, normal and legal to give kids freedom.
Dr. William Stixrud & Ned Johnson
The Self Driven Child
“Dr. William Stixrud is a clinical neuropsychologist and a faculty member at Children’s National and the George Washington University School of Medicine. He lectures widely on the adolescent brain, motivation, and the effects of stress, sleep deprivation, and technology overload on the brain.
Ned Johnson is the founder of PrepMatters, a tutoring service in Washington, DC. He is a sought after speaker and teen coach for study skills, parent-teen dynamics, ad anxiety management and his work has been featured on NPR, the U.S. News and World Report, Time, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.”
Are you concerned about your child succeeding in the world, getting into a good college, getting a job? Look no further than Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson’s reassuring presentation. They assure parents that there is no narrow road to success, that failures will lead to learning and growth, and that one of our most important roles as parents is to be a non-anxious presence. We can help kids feel less anxious by giving them more control to pursue their goals. We can trust that our kids have a desire and drive to succeed, and with our support and respect, that they will find their way in the world.
Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World
Debbie Reber is a parenting activist, New York Times bestselling author, keynote speaker, and the founder of TiLT Parenting, a website, top podcast, and social media community for parents who are raising differently wired children. Her newest book, Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World, came out in June 2018. After living abroad in the Netherlands for the past five years, Debbie, her husband, and 14-year-old son recently moved back to the NYC area.
Today, 1 in 5 kids has a learning disability or is neurologically atypical in some way. Debbie Reber talks about what she’s learned while raising a “differently wired” son. She shares how to parenting from a place of possibility instead of fear, how to let go of what others think in order to follow her own inner wisdom, and how to get support by creating communities with other parents.
How (and When) to Talk to Kids about Sex
“Amy Lang is a sexuality and parenting expert, and a regular guest on multiple media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Salon.com, CNN, The Atlantic and the Seattle Times, and podcasts like The Savage Lovecast, Tilt Parenting and The New Family. Amy has worked with parents and professionals from Alaska to Australia, including the Boys & Girls Club, The Air Force Youth and Family Services programs, YMCAs and multiple PTAs and preschools. Parents and professionals appreciate that she is a fun, smart and sassy speaker.”
[To our listeners: This is an open conversation about sexual health. Body parts are mentioned and there is a little bit of cursing. Please put on headphones if needed.] Amy Lang explains how important and protective it is to educate children about their sexuality, even at a young age. How do we have these uncomfortable conversations? What do kids need to know at each stage of development? What about consent and pornography? Oral sex? Rape? Tampons? Amy explains what to talk about and how to say it, in this lively, reassuring conversation.
Coping Skills for Anxiety, Stress, and Anger
Janine Halloran is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, the founder of Coping Skills for Kids, and a mom of 2. For the past 15 years she has worked primarily with children and adolescents and she’s seen the value of learning healthy coping skills early in life, so kids they will be more resilient and manage stress better, even as they grow up. Coping Skills for Kids provides products and resources to help kids learn to cope with the daily challenges of life.
Kids have feelings! Learning how to cope with feelings and develop self awareness is a vital life skill. Janine Halloran shares simple, yet powerful tools to get kids back to peace and calm, so that kids and parents can problem solve together. Janine’s wealth of experience, her tools, and her reassurancing presence is especially useful if you have a toddler or elementary-aged child. And her tools can be adapted for teens and even adults.
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