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Extraordinary People with Gregg and Lauri Ireland - Ep.50

Dr. Dan interviews husband and wife entrepreneurs and parents Gregg and Lori Ireland for Episode 50 in this inspiring episode about their organization Extraordinary Adventures which helps special needs adults work and live independently. Gregg and Lori Ireland are the couple who inspired and continue to help the growth of their non-profit organization, Extraordinary Ventures In 2007 Gregg and Lori...


Can We Talk? Navigating Parent-Teen Dynamics with Charis Denison - Ep.49

As a parent, Dr. Dan knows how important today’s discussion with expert and educator Charis Denison will be for all families: talking and communicating is the key to all relationships, especially relationships with our children and teens. Charis Denison has worked for two decades with a special focus on the topics parents and teens need to address most to have a positive relationship and effective communication. Recently her work was featured in Peggy Orenstein’s new book, Girls & Sex:...


No One Can Take Your Joy with Polo Tate - Ep.48

Today Dr. Dan welcomes Polo Tate, the author of DEEP DARK BLUE: A MEMOIR OF SURVIVAL ( A warning to our listeners: today’s topic is not appropriate for young listeners and could be triggering for sexual assault survivors. Dr. Dan and Polo Tate discuss her memoir and her harrowing story of survival – of losing her sister at a young age (in a tragic horse riding accident) and as a sexual assault victim (twice) at the US Air Force Academy. Polo’s story is one of resilience...


Making Miracles with Elaine Hall - Ep.47

Today Dr. Dan welcomes Elaine Hall, founder of Inclusion from WithIn (I WIn)® and The Miracle Project®. Elaine Hall’s pioneering work with autism and special needs is changing the way the world perceives disability. Elaine Hall is a pioneer in using inclusive theatre to connect with individuals with autism. When traditional therapies did not work for her son, diagnosed with autism as a toddler, she developed an innovative creative-based methodology (now evidence-based) to reach him....


Sexual Literacy with Natasha Singh - Ep.46

Dr. Dan interviews educator and expert Natasha Singh about a timely and important topic: Sexual Literacy. As founder of SexLitEd (Sexual Literacy Educator, Natasha explains that while parents are the primary teachers about life that schools and society (including pop culture and social media) often are the main teachers for our children about gender, race, sexuality, and power. Natasha helps families, educators and children everywhere achieve sexual literacy -- a concept...


Parenting Through Puberty with Suanne Kowal-Connelly, MD, FAAP - Ep.45

Dr. Dan welcomes Dr. Suanne Kowal-Connelly to discuss her new book Parenting Through Puberty: Mood Swings, Acne, and Growing Pains. They discuss other topics including parenting, teens and much more! Suanne Kowal-Connelly, MD, FAAP is a practicing pediatrician with more than 30 years’ experience. She serves as the Director of Pediatric Clinical Quality for the Long Island Federally Qualified Health Centers (LIFQHC) in Nassau County. Additionally, she...


Parenting in the Real World with Dr. Stephanie O'Leary - Ep.44

Dr. Dan welcomes Stephanie O’Leary, Psy.D., clinical psychologist and author of PARENTING IN THE REAL WORLD to the show today. Dr. O'Leary specializes in neuropsychology and a mom of two. She has been in practice for over a decade providing parents with her no-nonsense approach to navigating the daily grind while preparing kids for the challenges they will face in the real world. Dr. Dan discusses the book PARENTING IN THE REAL WORLD with Dr. O’Leary and...


Fatherhood in 40-Minute Snapshots with Jeremy Schneider - Ep.43

Dr. Dan interviews Jeremy G. Schneider, MFT today about his new book FATHERHOOD IN 40-MINUTE SNAPSHOTS ( The book is a collection of his articles about being a dad that were written on his daily morning (train) commute to work in New York City. The essays are personal, real, refreshing, and intimate. Jeremy has a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and has been writing about parenting, relationships and mental health since his twin teenagers were born. The...


With Understanding Comes Calm, with Julie Skolnick - Ep.42

Dr. Dan welcomes colleague and friend Julie F. Skolnick, M.A., J.D. to today’s show. Julie is the founder of With Understanding Comes Calm, LLC a community for gifted/2e families, children, adults, and educators. ( In today’s episode, Dr.Dan and Julie focus on Julie’s work with gifted, twice-exceptional and much more. Julie’s touching opening story about her own children and her parenting journey (and later her very honest and real Parent Footprint...


Making Meaningful Differences for Individuals with Autism with Amy Laurent - Ep.41

Today Dr. Dan interviews Amy Laurent, Ph.D., OTR/L (, a developmental psychologist and a registered pediatric occupational therapist. Currently in private practice in Rhode Island, Amy specializes in the education of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and related developmental disabilities. Amy’s work involves collaborating with and supporting early intervention teams, school teams, and families with the creation of educational programs and environments that...


Every Day is Father's Day: The Power of Parental Influence with Lis Wiehl - Ep.40

Today’s interview is inspired by a popular post on THRIVE GLOBAL that resonated with Dr. Dan. Author and journalist Lis Wiehl’s ( recently wrote about about father’s day and the influence her father and grandfather have in her life. Today’s show will inspire every listener! Lis Wiehl’s post for Thrive Global touched many readers when it went live for Father’s Day. The influence both her Dad and Grand-Dad had on her life and career is inspiring and powerful -- it will...


Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives with Rachel Simmons - Ep.39

Dr. Dan welcome bestselling author, expert, changemaker, and media favorite Rachel Simmons to discuss her new book ENOUGH AS SHE IS ( and her crucial helping parents, educators, and communities to support our girls. Dr. Dan and Rachel address ambition, anxiety, wellness, and the pressure on our girls (and boys) today. They also discuss social media pressure, fear of missing out, and communicating with your teenage daughter. Other topics in today’s episode (and in...


DIFFERENTLY WIRED: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World with Deborah Reber - Ep.38

Dr. Dan welcomes Debbie Reber, founder of TILT Parenting. The two discuss Tilt Parenting as well as Debbie’s new book DIFFERENTLY WIRED: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World. Debbie Reber is the founder of TiLT Parenting and host of the TiLT Parenting Podcast, which she created to support parents raising “differently-wired” kids and shift the conversation around how neurodiversity (everything from ADHD and dyslexia to Aspergers and giftedness) is perceived and experienced...


The Yes Brain: How To Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience In Your Child with Dr. Tina Payne Bryson - Ep.37

Dr. Dan welcomes back one of the podcast’s most popular guests -- bestselling author and parenting expert Dr. Tina Payne Bryson ( to discuss her new book The Yes Brain and her pioneering work in area of brain-based parenting. Dr. Tina Bryson is also the co-author (with Dr. Daniel Siegel) of two New York Times bestsellers (The Whole Brain Child and No Drama Discipline) and is Executive Director of the The Center for Connection in Pasadena...


No More Mean Girls with Katie Hurley - Ep.36

Dr. Dan welcomes psychotherapist Katie Hurley LCSW to the podcast today for a provocative discussion of the mean girl culture, how we can raise strong girls, and the release of her book NO MORE MEAN GIRLS, now available in paperback. Dr. Dan and Katie start the show tackling the topics of anxiety and depression and go on to discuss mean girls, bullying, and advice for parents on how to help their young daughters navigate tricky territories such as...


Generosity with Judy Hoberman - Ep.35

Dr. Dan welcomes author-expert-TedX speaker-gender expert-radio host-entrepreneur and parent Judy Hoberman to today’s show to talk about Generosity - what it is, how to spread it, and why when you give your time to others in your work life and home life you become an ambassador for good living. More about Judy: Judy’s passion for mentoring and paying it forward started when she found she was one of the only women working in insurance among a sea of male...


Building Resilience in Children and Teens with Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg - Ep.34

In today’s much-anticipated show, Dr. Dan talks about Resilience with the incredible Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg ( and and ), a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, practicing doctor of adolescent medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and author of several books including "Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving...


The Homework Wars With Greg Pincus - Ep.33

Dr. Dan welcomes author Greg Pincus ( to the podcast today to talk about the dreaded topic of homework! Most parents (and students) have experience with “The Homework Wars” and today Greg talks about his experience, his research, and his solutions for how parents can deal with this never-ending battle. Greg Pincus is a novelist, poet, screenwriter, blogger, speaker, and social media consultant. He and his work have been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post...


Constant Craving: The Self-Reg View with Dr. Stuart Shanker - Ep.32

Dr. Dan welcomes back listener favorite Dr. Stuart Shanker to the 32nd episode of The Parent Footprint Podcast. International parenting expert and bestselling author Dr. Stuart Shanker ( ) has helped countless children and families learn about (and break) the stress cycle with his professional work and his paradigm-shifting book, SELF-REG: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life...


Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties with Scott Barry Kaufman - Ep.31

Dr. Dan welcomes author and colleague Scott Barry Kaufman to today’s show ( to discuss Scott’s newest book Twice Exceptional (*Bonus: Dr. Dan is also a contributor!). Today’s enlightening interview is about the new book, Scott’s lifelong personal learning journey and work, and the science of studying intelligence and success (especially as it relates to giftedness and twice-exceptional individuals). Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD, is also a researcher, speaker,...