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56 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Drinking During Pregnancy: FASD Facts and Impacts on Learning with guest Natalie Vecchione
In this episode of the Brainy Moms parenting podcast, Dr. Amy Moore and Teri Miller interview Natalie Vecchione - 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. 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.
41 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
The Path to Confidence with guest Stephanie Dua
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!
50 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
The Nurtured Heart Approach to Parenting & Communicating with guest Lillian Reekie
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!
46 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Resuming Your Career after a Break: Strategies for Moms with guest Janice Scholl
In this episode of the Brainy Moms podcast, Dr. Amy Moore and visiting co-host Sandra Zamalis interview Janice Scholl, host of the Money, Career, & Motherhood podcast and founder of Strategic Sabbaticals. Janice discusses the struggles and fears that moms face when trying to return to work after taking a break to have a child. She shares tips for staying connected during a break, being thoughtful in considering what the next career looks like, and how to explain the break in a way that will appeal to future employers. We discovered that being strategic about a career break is possible and got some great resources for helping moms to do it!
44 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
10 Tips for Raising Good Humans: Life Lessons from a Global CEO with Kim Hanson
In this episode of the Brainy Moms parenting podcast, Dr. Amy Moore and Teri Miller interview Kim Hanson, the CEO of LearningRx and BrainRx --the largest network of cognitive training centers in the world. Kim shares 10 tips for moms, all focused on raising our kids as good humans. These tips are based on life lessons she learned from her parents, her work in brain training, and her experience as a mom of 4--including a set of twins and a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Kim went from teaching in an inner city school to running a global corporation all while juggling being a mom. Her tips for moms are doable, relatable, and 100% realistic. Want a sneak peak of just a few? She talks about being willing and brave, forgiving easily, being interesting instead of perfect, and being faithful in the little things. An inspiring episode for moms (and dads) with kids of all ages!
28 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Unplugged: Aftershow for "Fostering Your Child's Academic Perseverance"
Welcome to our first "aftershow" chat in the Brainy Moms Unplugged series! In this bonus episode, Dr. Amy and Teri reflect on their interview with Dr. Pooneh Roney and their discussion about fostering academic perseverance and self-efficacy and motivation. They share personal stories of their own children's struggles in this area and pose some thought-provoking questions about their own parenting. This Brainy Moms Unplugged aftershow is based on the episode, "Don't Give Up! Fostering Your Childs's Academic Perseverance with Dr. Pooneh Roney."
53 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Don't Give Up! Fostering Your Child's Academic Perseverance - guest Dr. Pooneh Roney
In this episode of the Brainy Moms podcast, Dr. Amy Moore and Teri Miller interview the dynamic Dr. Pooneh Roney about her research on academic perseverance and motivation with kids. Dr. Roney shares what traits are the biggest predictors of perseverance and school performance and then gives moms tips on how to teach kids to not give up. She talks about ways to increase self-efficacy and promote a growth mindset. This is an episode packed full of wisdom and takeaways for educators and moms.
42 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
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 and Teri 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.
31 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
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.
43 minutes | May 25, 2021
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.
35 minutes | May 18, 2021
Fit Bodies, Fit Brains: Academic Benefits of Physical Activity for Children
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 and academic performance. 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.
54 minutes | May 11, 2021
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.
31 minutes | May 4, 2021
Help for Auditory Processing Disorders with 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. Want to hear more from Dr. Jody? Check out her podcast, The Sisterhood of Success.
40 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Unpacking the Mom-cation: Selfish Getaway or Essential Rest?
In this episode of Brainy Moms, 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 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.
56 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
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.
45 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
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.
35 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
What Should Working Moms Never Say to Stay-at-Home Moms (& 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.
39 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Help! Is my kid falling behind because of COVID?
In this episode, Teri asks if moms should be concerned their kids are falling behind their peers because of the pandemic. Dr. Amy says that's the wrong question to be asking and shares insights on how to accurately measure COVID "learning loss" and what to do about it if your child is indeed struggling in school right now.
28 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Preview Episode! You Know Your Child is Struggling but the School Disagrees
In the dress rehearsal episode for their new podcast, Teri discusses the frustration parents face with they know their child is struggling in school but the school testing shows their child is fine. Don’t miss Dr. Amy’s expert explanation for this phenomenon and what to do about it!
1 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
Brainy Moms Podcast Trailer
Brainy Moms is a weekly podcast hosted by cognitive psychologist (and brainy mom) Dr. Amy Moore and child development researcher (and brainy mom) Teri Miller. Together, we bring you conversations with us and expert opinions from brainy guests on topics in parenting, education, psychology, and neuroscience. Tune in for tips, tricks, and helpful advice for helping you and your child thrive in life, learning, and relationships. In this preview episode, Dr. Amy Moore describes the new podcast!
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