Season Nine

November 29, 2012 Broadcast

Guests – Therapist, Melissa Cook, co-author of The Power of Validation, joins us to talk about anxiety in children, how parents actually can reinforce it, how to recognize it and, ultimately, stop it!
“Who Sez That?!?” She married megabucks…

November 8, 2012 Broadcast

Guests – Have you ever wondered why so many children have allergies today and it was practically non-existent when we were young? Robyn O’Brien, mother of 4 and a former food industry analyst, gives us insight to her remarkable research as to WHY and the impact that the global food system is having on our health! Then later in the program, Devin Hughes, author of Contrast, A Bi-Racial Man’s Journey to Segregate His Past talks about growing up as the son of a black father & white mother and, ultimately, his lessons of acceptance, perseverance and love.

Robyn O’Brien is food’s Erin Brockovich; Generation Rx; The 4 A’s: Autism, Allergies, ADHD, Asthma; mother of 4; milk, eggs, wheat – allergens; food allergy epidemic; peanuts; peanut butter and jelly; Type A; Epipens; insulin; antibiotics; genetically-engineered food; food industry profitability; plant cells; hormones; patent; market; corn & soy; soybeans; the US was the only developed country in the world to allow it into our food supply with no labels; technology; Devin learned everything via contrast when he was little; his father was black, his mother was white; he looked white in an African-American neighborhood; bullied as a child by peers; mother died from drug addiction; father was an alcoholic but taught Devin the power of positive self talk; lessons were learned; he is now the father of 4 children and teaches them about diversity, challenges and how to stay positive; offers lectures and workshops; how Devin dug himself out of a hole; “I am, I can & I will” – teachings of Devin’s father; “You need to be comfortable being uncomfortable,” 1967 Supreme Court legalizes interracial marriage; Devin’s father brings him to the red light district to talk to the prostitutes – teaches Devin as a young boy to stay on the right path. Devin: “The only time you coast is downhill;” “A great life is about progress and not perfection, vulnerability is sexy.”
“Who Sez That?!?” Las Vegas trip of business exec – the Hangover Suite – parties – going on an errand…

October 25, 2012 Broadcast

Guests – Traci Campbell, creator of the C.H.A.M.P. program – which is designed to raise self-esteem in teens and give parents the skills to be more effective in raising their teens – joins us to talk about the ROOT of bullying! Then later in the program, Rosalind Sedacca, founder of the Child-centered Divorce Network and the co-author of 99 Things Women Wish They Knew Before Dating After 40, 50 & Yes, 60 talks to us about What to Say – And NOT to Say – When You Start Dating Again!
“Who Sez That?!?” Grandmother cannot come over but the Grandfather can…

October 18, 2012 Broadcast

Guests – Sharon Ennis, mother of 4 and author of Gabby’s Gift, Hope in the Heart of a Child, joins us to talk about the birth of her 3rd child, Gabrielle, who was born with Spina Bifida. She talks about her first reaction, her next steps and her support from her husband and other children. Then later in the program, Ken Mysogland, Director of Foster and Adoptive Services with the Department of Children and Families, joins us in the studio to talk about expanding your family. Ken comes from a tri-racial family and has 8 adopted brothers and sisters. He has been a proud member of the DCF for 23 years and has “lived” both sides of the program.
“Who Sez That?!?” 24-hour emergency hotline

October 11, 2012 Broadcast

Guests – Alberto Hidalgo-Robert talks to us in our “Teen Talk!” segment about his 1st book, FAT NO MORE: A TEENAGER’S VICTORY OVER OBESITY, a fascinating memoir about his life-long struggle with obesity. And we mean Life-Long! By 3-months-old, he was already the size of a 1-year-old and at 7 years old, he weighed 120 pounds!! Teased by peers and even strangers, he talks about his depths into despair and his rise in self-confidence and remarkable fitness! Then later in the program, media guru Christie Crowder joins us to talk about her phenomenal project called Do Epic Stuff, who the participants were, what she learned about herself through the process. The real program is called Do Epic S***– but this is a family program. This project comes after her successful Flawless 12 program.
“Who Sez That?!?” Enrichment in the afterlife

October 4, 2012 Broadcast

Guests – Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova, one of the pioneers of the Conscious Birth movement and the creator of Birth As We Know It, a documentary that’s been shown in 57 countries, talks about healing birth trauma and how we can neutralize our own birthing experience – yes, from when we were born! Rosalind Sedacca, founder of the Child-centered Divorce Network and the co-author of 99 Things Women Wish They Knew Before Dating After 40, 50 & Yes, 60 discusses Co-parenting, why it’s especially encouraged for divorced parents and what children really want from their parents – divorced or not. Empowering women; the spiraling vortex of the birthing field; energy of creation; workshops for birthing-birthshops; neutralizing anxieties of birth – yours, the father of the baby, the parents of the laboring woman, etc.; birth trauma activation; dads in the delivery room; afraid to see your wife in pain; how the baby is giving birth to the mother in a very mystical way; bond between a woman and her baby; a woman reaching into her greatness and don’t let the father miss that moment of giving life; water births; orgasm during birth; Muneeza Ahmed; cortex; thinking part of the brain; cellular level; your body remembers it; the limbic system formed about half-way through pregnancy; feelings, emotions, registers every experience; sequence of experiences; group experience; critical mass; space of pre-memory; it is not like regression; you didn’t divorce your children, you divorced your spouse; co-parenting with respect for each other for the health of your children; using children as a pawn; the divorce isn’t the end of being a parent, it’s just the next stage! Divorce is the end of marriage, you are still a parent; you don’t become “non-parents,” you became unmarried; don’t gripe about your ex; children become burdened with your dislike of your spouse, don’t do it to them; children know they are part of one parent and part of the other so when you complain, they can feel you are putting them down; “do I love my children more than I hate my ex,” once you are a parent, you are a parent for life, you have responsibilities and are a role model – how to cope with discord and dealing with life, transitions, forgiveness; parents can be so caught up in their emotional drama and the kids are trying to fix it in their own way; they are innocent; they feel powerless; many feel they are the cause of the divorce and they blame themselves; that is so sad; children’s perspective; to be loved, taken care of, protected; don’t rob them of their childhood; kids want to play and have fun and the security of knowing their parents are trustworthy and kind; they can adapt; it doesn’t matter how many homes they live in, they need most to feel secure! Learn how to cook an egg; Scandinavia; “Create-a-Storybook” guide; “I’m making a difference in families, just like you are in your work.”
“Who Sez That?!?” Apes jumping on my chest; cousin and 1 of 17 grandkids

September 27, 2012 Broadcast

Guests – Therapist, Melissa Cook, co-author of The Power of Validation, joins us to talk about the long-term effects of validation on kids who receive it and those who don’t.
Plus, dealing with “out of control” kids, kids who are moody and how to avoid bullying. Ilene Dillon, family & marriage therapist for 40 years, tells us 10 Reasons Why Your Child NEEDS You NOT to be Perfect! Linked to self-esteem, abilities to solve problems and much more, she’ll let us know why trying to be perfect can fail our kids!
Topics Covered Brad Pitt; lollipop story; Sea World; anorexia; her daughter says she feels fat; Melissa felt nauseous when she heard this; “I can see that you feel fat;” validating her daughter’s feelings; a person’s internal feelings; just because you validate a person’s feelings
doesn’t mean you agree with them, you are just listening to their inner self out loud; it gives people a safe place to feel who they are; security in their own decisions; it doesn’t matter when you start this with someone, they don’t need to be small children, process works with spouses, too; I don’t iron; better not to be perfect than to be the best parent you can be; the world is a giant school; raising children’s stress levels trying to live up to your expectations; errors and mistakes when you are small, and the stakes are lower; perfect parents tend to expect children to be perfect, when they are designed as “mistake makers;” allowing mistakes helps children learn to be problem solvers.
“Who Sez That?!?” The parent who wouldn’t take any pics of child in school

September 20, 2012 Broadcast

Guests – Behavioral & personal change consultant and intervention expert, Michael Harmann, joins us in the studio to talk about “At-Risk Teens” – Young Adults who Fail to Launch! He gives parents’ advice on how to prevent dangerous behaviors in young folks! Behavioral Adolescent Consulting; Jane Fendelman, educator & counselor, talks about sex after kids, the thought process between men and women and how to get your groove back!
“Who Sez That?!?” Block of ice behind the car wheel; “no” means love; forms of energy; matching that energy; the energy of the intervention has to match the energy of the situation; using social interaction like a drug; internal voice; stealing the car; retroactive arrests; kids that don’t have boundaries; respond, don’t react; be in your wise mind not your emotional mind; parents need to stay united; live in the moment; “I never blame the parents,” kids “brag” about strict parents, not the permissive parents; “we want our kids to be popular;” you get what you give; time zone; taking a picture with Michael Harmann; let’s talk about sex; why sex seems like a chore for some women; out of control during pregnancy because of heightened hormones; oxytocin levels; lack of presence or connection; romance his woman for 3 days – let’s take a trip to India; a happy wife is a happy life; flowers, sticky note in soup pot; sweaty white t-shirts study; power of pheromones; Phillip’s shirt the day we met; “dude, take a shower!” “Come on in!” cold shower in the middle of the break; man the storm; puppy dog greetings; kiss your spouse on the way out; love that TV Saturday morning; bonding time with my best friend; spoon position; tummies together; bumper cars; non-sexual, non-verbal; dinner’s cooking; 15-20 minutes – I thought it was 3 minutes; moving it right along; Viagra.

September 6, 2012 Broadcast
Guests – The Emotional Pro, Ilene Dillon, Marriage & Family therapist for 40 years, joins us to discuss What To Do So Your Child Continues To Trust You. Small kids trust their parents. What are some of the things that can seriously erode trust between parents and children – especially in the teen years? Then later in the program, Susan Stiffelman, author of Parenting Without Power Struggles, talks about drama-free school mornings, how to get your kids to do their homework without a struggle, and how to manage kids’ screen time more effectively.
Our great new couches; recliner couches; motorized couches; I’m not heavy enough…; Pilgrim Furniture City, Milford & Danbury, Connecticut; nice dinner and a little smooch; son talks to Ilene about sexual situation; Ilene asks why son trusted her so much; never gossip about your children whether good or bad; avoiding judgment; stealing a candy bar – how a parent should handle that situation according to Ilene; “I’m proud of you,” He cried; respect – one of the skills of love, accepting the other person as who they are; getting your child to do their homework; escalating homework anxiety often stems from the parent wanting it to get done; it is not the parent’s homework; allow your child to learn; the “Captain of the Ship;” Susan’s hand formations; don’t engage in a power struggle with your child; you’re there to guide; be steadfast; won’t hand in homework even though it’s done; last part of brain to grow – behind the forehead; head butting the wall; drama-free mornings; human beings are wired to resist coercion; wandering from the perimeter of the tribe; saying “no!” I gave our daughter a ladybug timer to get me out the door; get your child involved and engaged in every activity – morning duties, dinner, etc.; “rubber meets the road” sensibility; aggression; cry & feel sad; “We’re not raising children, we’re raising adults;” how to manage and limit screen time; Lost in Space in the afternoon; 24/7; addictive;

“Who Sez That?!?” Beautiful babies, ugliest adults & the mother-in-law; potty training in a diner at the table!!