CDP Parenting Speaker Series

Ready, Set, Breathe: How to Make Mindfulness Part of Your Family Life

An interview with author Carla Naumburg, PhD

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

9-10 am EST

Being a parent is stressful, and when your child has a meltdown, it can be difficult to keep cool—let alone help your child to calm down.

As any parent knows, children aren’t always receptive to what you say. Parental advice is often ignored or perceived as intrusive; and trying to get your kid to calm down and breathe can turn into an unpleasant power struggle in which you feel powerless and frustrated; and your child can feel nagged or bullied. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. In this conversation, Carla will share strategies teach mindfulness to your child in the most enjoyable and realistic way possible. You’ll also learn skills to help yourself stay calm when your child does act up—especially in public.

You can join this call live and/or download to listen at your convenience.

Cost: $5

The Art of Simplifying: a CALM parenting approach to decreasing conflict and increasing connection with your children

Presented by Allison Andrews, PsyD

Wed April 6, 2016

9 – 10am, EST

This talk will focus on how to reduce stress in your home so that you can help your child make the changes that really matter. Topics will include: picking your battles, simplifying and letting go, creating structure and routine, setting realistic expectations and knowing your child’s playbook. Intended to be useful for any parent struggling with morning routines, homework, bedtime routines or behavioral meltdowns.

You can join this call live and/or download to listen at your convenience.

Cost: $5


Epic Parenting: How Video Games Can Help Your Child Level Up Their Social Skills.

Presented by Michael Langlois, LICSW

Monday, May 23, 2016 12:00 -1:00pm EDT

Unless you’ve living under a rock the past few years, you know about Minecraft. But did you know that Minecraft could help you improve your sex life? Not just that, Minecraft contains within it an entire lexicon of life lessons to make you a better parent, partner, student, friend and co-worker!

​  Minecraft can help parents with their parenting and kids with their social emotional learning, as well as answer these important questions:​
  • How can Minecraft be used to self-hack and improve relationships with others?
  • What lessons do Creepers have to teach us about attention and emotional regulation?
  • What do Zombie Pigmen have to do with conflict resolution?
  • And what on earth does raising chickens & sheep have to do with all this?

In this presentation I’ll show you how to unravel the secret code of Minecraft to hack your life, deepen your self-awareness, and improve your relationships with the Creepers and Zombie Pigmen in your life. We’ll take a look at how Minecraft is not only helping a generation of learners redefine education, but creating a global language through shared memes and experiences. Finally you’ll learn how Minecraft can help you think about your thinking, take perspective, and just make stuff better in your mind and heart.

You can join this call live and/or download to listen at your convenience.

Cost: $5

Why Time Outs Don’t Work: How to Discipline with Kindness

Susan Giurleo, PhD

June 10, 2016 12:00pm EST


When you are parenting an intense, strong-willed child discipline can be a challenge. When your child also has a social, emotional, and/or learning challenge life at home can feel close to chaos.

The truth is “traditional” discipline strategies such as time out, consequences for poor behavior and a “stern talking to” are not effective for children with certain temperments and learning styles. However, all children need discipline and to understand what behavior is acceptable and what behaviors they need to change.

This presentation will focus on straightforward, effective strategies to discipline your intense child. WE will focus on topics of:

  • Setting your child up for behavioral success
  • How to choose your battles
  • The roles of validation, praise and positive redirection
  • Rewards vs consequences
  • Identifying meltdowns vs tantrums and how to react to each
  • Honesty as best discipline policy

You can join this call live and/or download to listen at your convenience.

Cost: $5