We have included interview descriptions of each speaker recording. Please note: these summaries do not cover everything that was discussed. The descriptions touch on a few points that were addressed during Susan’s wide-reaching conversations with each speaker.
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Our summit features interviews with these exceptional speakers.
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Rhea Lalla, Conscious Parenting Coach
Harville Hendrix, Author, Getting The Love You Want
Elizabeth Lesser, Author, Marrow: A Love Story
Elizabeth tells the extraordinary story of the process she and her sister Maggie went through to clean up their relationship prior to the bone marrow transplant they were to undergo to help save Maggie’s life. In addition, she speaks about the challenges of raising three boys after being raised with three sisters, step-parenting and blending her family, and mindful practices to slow down our reactivity when sibling squabbles knock us off our feet. A riveting conversation!
Elisha Goldstein, Author, The Now Effect
Dr. Wendy Behary, Author, Disarming The Narcissist
When siblings grow up with a narcissistic or highly self-absorbed parent, each child in the family is significantly impacted. One may become the chosen or “Golden” child with the parent basking in the glory of their achievements. This pressure–and the envy of brothers and sisters who receive less attention–creates profound pain and resentment between siblings. A crucial conversation to hear if you are co-parenting with a narcissist–or were raised by one.
Rachel Macy Stafford: Author, Hands Free Mama, and Only Love Today
In this wide-ranging conversation, Rachel shares invaluable tips for fostering closeness between siblings to prevent squabbles and fights. She talks about how to help children express their needs without putting down their siblings, and shares simple ways that busy parents can establish one on one time to help reduce sibling rivalry. In addition, Rachel speaks eloquently about the long-term gains in helping our children become dear friends.
Betsy Brown Braun, Author, You're Not The Boss Of Me
Shelly Lefkoe, Creator, The Lefkoe Method
Dr. Christine Carter, Author, Raising Happiness
Gretchen Rubin, Author, The Happiness Project
Wow! If you wonder why one of your kids finds it easy to cooperate and another refuses every request, you’re going to LOVE this interview! Gretchen delivers loads of information about how to approach children who routinely dig in their heels or question every request, and shines a light on ways to motivate each of our children based on their personality style.
Dr. Ross Greene, Author, The Explosive Child
If you have a child who is explosive, do not miss this interview! Dr. Greene lays out the specific steps needed to help what he calls “unlucky” children—those lagging in the skills needed to cope with the expectations placed upon them. He describes a collaborative process for addressing the unsolved problems of everyday life, and offers advice for helping siblings who may have adapted by walking on eggshells around an explosive sibling.
Dr. Laura Markham, Author, Peaceful Parents, Happy Siblings
Helen LaKelly Hunt, Author, Faith and Feminism
Janet Lansbury, Parent Educator
Stefanie Goldstein, Psychologist
Dr. Laurie Kramer, Clinical Psychologist and Associate Dean, University of Illinois
Dr. Kramer draws from her longitudinal research study of 30 families that began 1984 when the family was awaiting the arrival of a second child. In this fascinating conversation, she shares guidance on how to coach siblings during conflict, create natural opportunities for bonding, and how to prepare children for the arrival of a new member of the family.
Amy McCready, Author, The Me, Me, Me Epidemic
Kim West, LCSW and Sleep Coach
Don Meyer, Author and Speaker
In families with an atypically developing child (Autism, ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, physical impairments), siblings often feel shortchanged and resentful. Don Meyer eloquently describes some of the steps parents can and should change to help typically developing children understand and talk about their developmentally-challenged brother or sister’s issues and avoid feeling marginalized when one child’s needs seem to eclipse their own.
Dr. Michael Gurian, Author, The Wonder of Boys & The Wonder of Girls
Dr. Michael Thompson, Psychologist and Documentarian
Maggie Dent, Parenting Author and Educator
Maggie’s grounded guidance will calm your worries as she normalizes sibling conflict and offers ways to settle arousal levels down before someone gets hurt. This teacher, parent educator, and mom of four adult sons is a delight to listen to as she shares ideas for managing chaos, letting go of perfection, fostering genuine empathy–even in small children– airing grievances, and forging strong sibling bonds through joyful play.
Melissa Hood, Parenting Coach
While sibling rivalry is normal, when children have the intention of hurting hurt others’ bodies or feelings, the behavior need to be stopped. In this sobering conversation, Melissa uses stories from parenting her sons to illustrate how to address the underlying causes of bullying behavior and how to fortify a child who has become a chronic target. Essential listening for anyone whose children cross that line.