Brainy Moms

Brainy Moms

Brainy Moms is a psychology and parenting podcast with smart ideas to help moms and kids thrive! Hosted by cognitive psychologist Dr. Amy Moore (a mom of 3) and child development researcher Teri Miller, MS Psy (a mom of 9), this weekly show features conversations and guest experts in parenting, psychology, child development, and education with practical tips to help moms navigate the ups and downs of parenthood.

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May 16, 2022 63 min

Want to help cultivate your child’s creativity? Wondering how to help your child integrate the creative and logical parts of their mind? On this episode of Brainy Moms, Dr. Amy and Teri interview clinical psychologist, Dr. Michael Alcee who specializes in the psychology of creativity. He shares how we as parents can help nurture creativity in our children while also supporting the development of linear thinking. Michael tells us th...

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Does your child struggle with reading or spelling? Wondering what to do for a child with dyslexia? On this episode of Brainy Moms, Dr. Amy and Teri interview Reading and Dyslexia Specialist, Donesa Walker, M Ed, BCCS. Donesa tells us what’s happening in the brain of struggling readers, how there are different types of dyslexia that show up in a variety of ways, what some warning signs are that parents should look out for, and what ...

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On this special Mother’s Day episode of Brainy Moms, Dr. Amy and Teri interview Kim Hanson, the CEO of LearningRx. Kim shares 10 ways to be a cool and caring mom. Some are cute and fun –like making sure you’ve got a great pair of sunglasses. But most parenting tips she shares are pearls of wisdom on connecting well with your kids. Our favorite? Always say yes to lunch or coffee. Join us to pick up a tip or two that might help you r...

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Do you have a toddler who won’t listen? Are you frustrated and burning out with the terrible twos and other challenges of parenting littles? On this episode of Brainy Moms, Dr. Amy and Teri interview Sara Rose Whaley, a board-certified behavior analyst and parent coach specializing in working with parents of toddlers.

Sara shares lots of tips on how to find joy in parenting toddlers, including how to set boundaries and limits, stra...

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Interested in learning what some educators think is the best school model? Heard about hybrid schooling but aren’t sure what it’s all about? On this episode of Brainy Moms, Dr. Amy and Teri interview Dr. Brent Goldman from XCEED Preparatory Academy, a network of private college-prep schools providing a personalized curriculum with flexible schedules along with hybrid and online learning options. Dr. Goldman shares the benefits of t...

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Wondering what to do first when your child is diagnosed with autism? Overwhelmed or feeling like a failure as a parent of a child with autism? On this episode of Brainy Moms, Dr. Amy and Teri interview the founder of Autism Parent Solutions, Andrea Pollack, MS Ed. Andrea shares that parents of children on the autism spectrum need help with their own mindset and perspective before they can confidently judge intervention options.

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Relationships change when you add a baby to your family, but you can still be happy amidst the sleepless nights, demanding feeding schedule, and bottomless diaper pail. On this episode of Brainy Moms, Dr. Amy and Teri interview Catherine O’Brien, marriage and family therapist and author of the book Happy with Baby: Essential Relationship Advice When Partners Become Parents.

Catherine talks about the relationship challenges of being...

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Wondering what you need to know to be a successful parent of a teenager? On this episode of Brainy Moms, Dr. Amy and Teri  interview Kim Duckworth, author of the bestselling book, Parents, Are You Ready? The Practical Guide to Launching a Successful High School Student.

Kim shares 5 things that successful parents of teens should know including how to help your teen find their superpower---or their uniqueness. Kim’s an expert in col...

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Are you a busy mom feeling guilty that you can’t seem to juggle everything? Do you feel like you SHOULD be able to manage kids, your home life, your social life, your kid’s schedule, and your job or volunteer work? On this episode of Brainy Moms, Dr. Amy and Teri discuss all of this with licensed therapist and clini-coach, Carrie Olsen. 

Carrie talks to us about taking the word “should” out of our vocabulary so we can enjoy being a ...

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Ever wondered if your parenting style has impact on your child’s mental health? Did you know that your own stress could be stressing out your kids? On this episode of Brainy Moms, Teri and I interview Dr. Hansa Bhargava, pediatrician, renowned parenting expert, Chief Medical Officer at Medscape Education, and author of the book, Building Happier Kids: Stress-Busting Tools for Parents published by the American Academy of Pediatrics....

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Are you concerned that your child’s current school environment might not be the right choice?  Are you considering homeschooling but worried about making it work with your career? On this episode of Brainy Moms, Dr. Amy and Teri interview Dr. Carline Crevecoeur, a physician and author of the book, Pressure Makes Diamonds: From Homeschooling to the Ivy League- A Parenting Story

Dr. Carline gave up her medical practice to homeschool...

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Are you worried about the high cost of college? Thinking about how you or your kids are going to afford to pay for college? Wondering if student loans are the right way to go? On this episode of Brainy Moms, Dr. Amy and Teri interview college funding consultant Brad Baldridge. Brad is a financial planning expert and the host of Taming the High Cost of College podcast. 

He shares how complex the college financial planning process can...

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Are your child’s temper tantrums and meltdowns stressing you out? Then this episode of Brainy Moms is for you. Dr. Amy and Teri interviewed Dr. Ashley Taylor, a child psychologist and author of two books that explain the why behind a child’s tantrums. Dr. Taylor tells listeners how to look for the meaning behind these behaviors, what’s happening in the brain that helps explain tantrums, and the importance of regulating our own emot...

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Do you have a smart kid who has always done well and now suddenly seems to be falling apart? Are you having a hard time understanding how a child who rarely struggled in school before is now at risk of failing?

On this episode of Brainy Moms, Dr. Amy and Teri interview developmental and child psychologist, Dr. Jeannine Jannot. Dr. Jannot is the author of the book, The Disintegrating Student: Struggling but Smart, Falling Apart, and...

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Do you have school-age daughter? Then you know all too well the perils of friendships, cliques, and girl drama. Are you frustrated with the tears and the fights and the complaints of feeling left out? On this episode of Brainy Moms, Dr. Amy Moore and Teri Miller, MS Psy interview Jessica Speer, author of the book, BFF or NRF: A Girls Guide to Happy Friendships. We explore topics of gossip and drama, and hear from Jessica about some...

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What is the mission statement for your life? What beliefs about yourself are holding you back? On this episode of Brainy Moms, Dr. Amy Moore and Teri Miller, MS Psy interview Dr. Janeeka Benoit, physician and CEO of MEDFit DO. 

Dr. J shares the importance of recognizing and turning our self-limiting beliefs into self-affirming beliefs, and adopting a wellness mindset that can change the life course of our mental and physical health ...

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Are you thinking about homeschooling for your children? Are you already homeschooling but still wondering if it’s the best fit for your family? On this episode of Brainy Moms, Dr. Amy Moore and Teri Miller, MS Psy interview Ashley Logsdon, host of the Mama Says Namaste podcast and an expert in the unschooling movement. Ashley breaks it all down for us and even answers some tough questions about unschooling as an alternative to home...

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Does your child have complex medical conditions or special health needs but you’re still struggling to find effective care? Are you worried about giving your child multiple prescription drugs? Maybe you need help determining the root cause of your child’s condition, or even your own.

On this episode of Brainy Moms, Dr. Amy Moore and Teri Miller, MS Psy interview functional medicine physician, Dr. Aaron Hartman. Dr Hartman shares ho...

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If you have a child on the autism spectrum, you’ve no doubt heard of ABA therapy. And you’re probably aware of the controversy about whether or not it’s an ethical intervention. Some moms are fans, others are not. In fact, it’s a polarizing topic in the ASD community. On this episode of Brainy Moms, Dr. Amy and Teri interview Nichole Daher, the CEO of Success on the Spectrum. Nichole gets real with listeners about the controversy, ...

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If you have a daughter, you know or have heard that the teen years are tough. Teen girls are enigmas and parenting them can make you feel like you’re losing your mind somedays. On this episode of Brainy Moms, Dr. Amy and Teri interview teen life coach Sheri Gazitt. Coach Sheri talked to us about some difficult topics that parents and teens face like friendship issues, why friends are so important to them, social media and perfectio...

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