The Parent Footprint Podcast with Dr. Dan Peters aims to build a community of parents who are inspired to raise healthy, confident, and self-aware children who are engaged in life and contribute positively to the world. The show’s guiding principle is that raising healthy children starts with a parent's self examination of the experiences and beliefs that influence their parenting, and that helping children reach their own potential begins with a parent’s aspiration - and ability - to reach their own. Dynamic, passionate, and inspiring, Dr. Dan and his guests will discuss diverse and timely parenting topics weekly and each episode teach listeners how to sculpt their best and most authentic “Parent Footprint.”
Ep. 112 Stephanie Newman Barbarians at the PTA: Parenting, Psychology, Teens, and Screens with Stephanie Newman
Dr. Dan interviews Stephanie Newman, Ph.D., a psychoanalyst, psychologist, author and public speaker about mental health and her new book BARBARIANS AT THE PTA. Stephanie has practiced in New York for over 25 years, treating adults, adolescents and families struggling with anxiety, depression, and more recently Covid-19 stress.
In the spirit of Desperate Housewives meets Mean Girls, Stephanie’s novel BARBARIANS AT THE PTA uses fictional characters to explore the timely topics of bullying, cliques, cyberbullying, anxiety, and eating disorders, among both teenagers and adults.
Stephanie earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Columbia University and a post-doctoral certificate in psychoanalysis from PANY (formerly NYU Institute). Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, on the Wall Street Journal’s website, and Psychology Today online. Dr. Newman lives in New York with her family. https://psychotherapistnextdoor.com/
Ep. 111 Helping Teens Connect with Jeni Olsen
Dr. Dan interviews Jeni Olsen, Founder of Teens Connect and the Prevention Director at Mentis: Napa’s Center for Mental Health Services (CA) in this new episode. Jeni’s work literally saves lives.
After two Napa teenagers died by suicide in 2016, Jeni closed her graphic design business and founded Teens Connect with a mission to give middle and high schoolers tools to manage their stress, learn resilience, provide safe places and people with whom to connect, and give them a voice. Although she is not a therapist, Jeni helps teens and their parents by teaching them that the sooner good mental health habits start the better outcome. Jeni also touches on these issues in her raw and revealing Parent Footprint Moment at the end of the show.
Jeni Olsen has received the Leadership Napa Valleyand been named a Senator Bill Dodd Community Champion. For more information visit: https://mentisnapa.org/
If you are in distress right now, call the NATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINE 1-800-273-8255
Ep. 110 Parenting Ourselves with Katie McDonald
Dr. Dan interviews self-care strategist, certified holistic health coach, raw food chef and founder of b.nourished Katie McDonald. Katie encourages us to start thriving instead of simply surviving. Dr. Dan and Katie discuss perfectionism, self-care, mindfulness, and self-worth.
Katie McDonald’s corporate career and motherly duties occupied her every waking moment. She was depleted and depressed — suffering from asthma, allergies, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, pneumonia, shingles and lung infections. The real threat of a compromised and shortened life span became all the inspiration Katie needed to transform her body-mind relationship.
In 2011, Katie founded b.nourished: a fulfillment of her vision to transform other people’s lives, one mindful habit at a time. Katie trained at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City and she is also a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.
Katie’s Parent Footprint Moment poignantly concludes this episode. For more information about Katie, her work, and her b.nourished tools please visit: www.bnourished.com.
Ep. 109 Thrivers with Michele Borba
Dr. Dan interviews bestselling author and TODAY show contributor
Michele Borba, Ed. D. to discuss her new book THRIVERS:The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine.
Michele Borba, Ed. D., is the bestselling author of UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About Me World, and is an internationally renowned educational psychologist and an expert in parenting, bullying, and character development who has spoken to over one million participants on five continents. She is a regular NBC contributor who appears regularly on Today and has been featured as an expert on Dateline, The View, Dr. Phil, NBC Nightly News, Fox & Friends, Dr. Oz, and The Early Show, among many others.
As a teacher, educational consultant, and parent for 40 years, Dr. Borba has never been more worried for young people than she is about this current generation of kids. THRIVERS helps parents and educators teach the essential character strengths kids need to become “thrivers”-- young people who flourish in a rapidly changing, digitally- driven, and uncertain world. Dr. Borba discovered seven essential character strengths that set Thrivers apart (and set them up for happiness and greater accomplishment later in life): Self-confidence, Empathy, Self-control, Integrity, Curiosity, Perseverance, and Optimism.
Dr. Borba ends the interview with her incredible and powerful Parent Footprint Moment which will stay with listeners for a long time.
Michele Borba lives in Palm Springs, California, with her husband, and she is the mother of three grown sons. For more information visit: www.MicheleBorba.com
Ep. 108 Fear, Facebook Mom Groups, and Kindness with Kristin Bair
Dr. Dan welcomes author and parent Kristin Bair to discuss her poignant, revealing, and popular essay published on Scary Mommy about Facebook Mom groups, kindness, empathy, bullying, and parenting in the digital age. Dr. Dan and Kristin also speak about fear and anxiety and her new novel AGATHA ARCH IS AFRAID OF EVERYTHING (named a best book by PEOPLE magazine).
Kristin’s Scary Mommy essay Why Some Women Wield Exclusion Like A Superpower instantly resonates with all parents everywhere because it deals with Facebook Mom Groups, exclusion, bullying, kindness, friendship, empathy, mean girls, and more.
Today’s episode encourages parents and families to discuss how to be kind and why kindness matters more than ever. Kristin shares a lovely Parent Footprint Moment about her daughter that will make listeners smile to wrap up the show.
Kristin Bair is the author of the novel Agatha Arch Is Afraid of Everything as well as The Art of Floating and Thirsty plus numerous essays about China, adoption, parenting, and more. Her work has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Baltimore Review, The Manifest-Station, Scary Mommy, The Christian Science Monitor, Poets & Writers Magazine, Writer’s Digest, and more.
Kristin has an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and a BA in English and journalism from Indiana University, Bloomington. Kristin is also a writing instructor and she has taught in classrooms and conferences around the globe, from Chicago to Boston to Shanghai, China, and many places in between. A native Pittsburgher, Kristin now lives north of Boston with her husband and two children. For more information and to read her writing visit: http://www.kristinbairokeeffe.com/
Ep. 107 Family Finance with Benny Nachman
Dr. Dan speaks to Benjamin “Benny” Nachman, entrepreneur, Dad and cofounder of Jassby, a mobile wallet for families. In this new episode, Dr. Dan and Benny discuss how to raise money-smart kids.
Jassby is a free iOS app for both parents and kids to share real money digitally. Parents can manage chores, pay allowances, and send money to their kids when they need it. Children can spend their allowance and learn in real time.
As the CEO of Jassby, Benjamin Nachman has always been a strong advocate for hands-on learning when it comes to his own kids' money management skills. When he faced the early years of giving his own children an allowance, he was inspired to start Jassby.
In this episode, Benny discusses topics with Dr. Dan including
Finance/personal finance is not taught in schools so when and how should parents start talking to kids about money?
Raising financially confident kids by training them to handle money and make spending decisions on their own.
Today, our child's banking future is cashless, how can we train them to be ready for digital banking?
Why concepts of saving, giving back, budgeting are the essential three keys parents must teach their kids because these are life skills
Listeners will all learn from Benny’s very honest Parent Footprint Moment. For more information about Benny and Jassby visit https://jassby.com/.
Parent Footprint Podcast
Dr Dan is amazing with his knowledge, compassion and execution. Truly a ‘gentle’ man and spreading the love with his services and his podcast. Who doesn’t want to be a better parent and person and be more aware and intentional about the footprint they leave? I am ALL IN on this podcast.
Super-useful Podcast. Dr. Dan delivers!
Yes. It all starts with the parents! What we model is what our kids learn. Each episode has given me several, practical takeaways. Thank you Dr. Dan for putting this info out there!
Parenting with Passion!
Dr. Dan and his incredible guests shine the brightest of lights on what it means to be a parent! Engaging, educational, and motivating are just a few of the words I’d use to describe the time you’ll spend with them. Thanks so much for putting out such a superb show Dr. Dan - keep up the great work!