What The Parent?

What The Parent?

We're not your average parenting podcast. And we don't have your average guests. We interview zookeepers (because talking to our teens sometimes feels like trying to wrestle a lion in its habitat), ringside announcers (aren’t parents everywhere taking one on the chin?), FBI hostage negotiators (to help us successfully negotiate a clean room), and many more. Because parenting is hard, and we want to make it easier with any advice we can get.


June 21, 2023 62 mins

We celebrate pride month with a conversation with Carolyn Wahlskog, LCSW (she/her), the Director of Operations and Programming at Youth Outlook, a nonprofit working to meet the ever-evolving needs of LGBTQ+ youth, families and communities.  We ask her how to support our LGBTQ+ kids, how we, as parents, can best handle conversations around LGBTQ+ issues, and how best to address the delicate moment when a teen or tween decides to com...

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Dr. Deb Mashek, PhD is an experienced business advisor, professor, higher education administrator, and national nonprofit executive. Her new book, Collabor(h)ate*: Everything you need to know to build healthy and productive collaborative relationships at work *(even if you'd rather work alone), is out now. 

Mashek  was named one of the Top 35 Women in Higher Education by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, and has been feature...

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On the premiere episode of Season 3, we talk to Viorica Marian, a Psycholinguist, Cognitive Scientist, Psychologist, and author of the new book (out this week): The Power of Language: How the Codes We Use to Think, Speak, and Live Transform Our Minds.

Marian, who's known for her research on language, bilingualism, and multilingualism, tells us how being multi-lingual might just be our super power and why it's ne...

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JJ Kramer, the only child of CREEM Magazine's late founder, Barry Kramer, inherited CREEM at age four when his father died.  CREEM, published from 1969 through 1989  in Detroit, was an early champion of various heavy metal, punk rock, new wave, and alternative bands, and left an indelible mark on the music industry.

JJ has made it his life's mission to revive CREEM and successfully did so in 2022. We talk to hi...

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Lisa Varga is an award-winning actress, host, producer, and writer. She has over thirty years of experience in the entertainment industry, and has created a trusted brand name for herself in film and television, as well as in the health, beauty, and sports world. Ms. Varga has been successful in front of, and behind the camera, and is the CEO and owner of her own production company, Lisa Varga Entertainment.

Her most notab...

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Kara Goldin
is the Founder and CEO of Hint, Inc., best known for its award-winning Hint® water, the leading unsweetened flavored water. She has been named one of InStyle’s Badass 50, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Northern California. She is an active speaker & writer and hosts the podcast The Kara Goldin Show where she int...

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Board Member and Founder of Love Good Fats

Suzie Yorke is on a mission to bring healthy fats back.

A mom of 4 kids, eleven-time Ironman competitor and yoga enthusiast, Suzie spent years adhering to a low-fat diet only for her health to hit a wall in her mid-40s. After reading Nina Teicholz’s best seller, Big Fat Surprise, she immediately shifted to a high-fat, low-carb diet, and started to feel better within a few...

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You hungry? In need of inspiration? Want to know why Pride matters and DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) is important? Well, look no further because Ayeshah's got you covered! Going from a dream on paper to serving over 1 million meals per month (and growing), Ayeshah's refreshing, clear-eyed view on how to get things done is steeped in good ol' common sense...She talks the talk, and most definitely walks the wa...

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Jerry Won is a keynote speaker, workshop facilitator and host who has worked with some of the world's most recognized brands in corporate and higher education. He speaks on a variety of topics including authentic storytelling, personal branding, creator economy, and the Asian American experience in the workplace.

He is the Founder & CEO of Just Like Media, an Asian American storytelling company whose award-winning podcast b...

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Bill Harper is the Cofounder, CCO and CEO of wmHarper a full-service creative agency dedicated to helping companies dominate their categories by helping them outthink, not outspend their competitors. He is an expert at launching, developing and revitalizing brands and has created integrated campaigns for a wide range of clients in both B2C and B2B categories.

The tagline of his company is, "We Raise Brands Right"...

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Hillel Fuld, named Israel’s top marketer and “The man transforming Startup Nation to Scale up Nation” by Forbes, is a tech journalist, startup marketer, and technology expert.

Hillel works with technology companies and accompanies them from idea to revenue. He also works with many leading tech brands as an influencer. These include Google, Oracle, Huawei, and many more.

Hillel’s work has been featured in CNBC, Inc...

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Lei Wang - Inspirational isn't strong enough of a word to describe her!

In 2004, Lei, who grew up as a Beijing city girl who had no athletic training, set out to climb Mount Everest. She was on a promising career track in finance with an MBA from Wharton. But she was excited about proving that an ordinary person could climb Everest. That excitement empowered her to not only climb Everest but to become the first Asian ...

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Tim Dooner is a man with an incredible story, an outsized personality, and a very grounded and honest way of looking at life. Transparent, thoughtful, empathetic and REAL, Tim digs into all things inspirational and has an incredible, wide-ranging conversation with us. We are delighted to share it, so pass it on!

Tim's Bio:
Dooner is an award-winning content producer and host who is currently creating new podcasts,...

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So what keeps TikToker Cathy Pedrayes up at night (other than her brand new baby)? How to put out the most meaningful, important, and relevant safety tips out there for people of all types and ages!

Super-aware, whip-smart, and downright engaging, Cathy shares the story of her iconic look of wearing a blue dress and pearls, how she became THE "Mom Friend" to not only her friends but to the over 2.3 Million follo...

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Jennifer Kolari is back and we couldn't be more pleased...With her thoughtful, excellent advice and insight, she shows us that having a gladiator child in your house doesn't have to mean every day is a fight to the death. Funny, engaging, and vulnerable, Jennifer shows us how to approach prickly teens with Love, Intention, and most of all, Ruthless Compassion. Have a listen and Enjoy!

Website: Connected Parenting


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Tal is a repeated success story in the world of Entrepreneurialism. However, his seeing how the whole world is at odds with each other over the past couple of years was his last straw. How could he help? By leaving the corporate life he created and delving into helping others grow and support the most common, yet greatest force in the universe, Love. Hear how he created this fantastic app to not only help people communicate better ...

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Bonnie Schneider has done it all and seen it all...And she's been in the game long enough to know that things are changing, and from a meteorological perspective, changing for the worse. In her excellent new book, Taking The Heat, she delves into how Climate Change is having an effect on everyone's lives, how to see it for what it is, how we can best cope with it, and hopefully how we can learn to adapt and thrive. Funny,...

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Anne Crossman, THE Expert on Homeschooling, gives us delightful tips and insight into what Homeschooling is, can be, and what it's all about. Super bright, resource-full, and driven to help all children, listen in on her fascinating story and life lessons!

Follow her at: Instagram @HomeschoolExpert

Facebook @TheHomeschoolExpert

Twitter @HomeschoolExpert


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Dr. Amanda Zelechoski and Dr. Lindsay Malloy - Just your above average peeps who dedicate time and resources to help others just when we all need it.

Back for another round to help us kick off Season 2, the uber-smart and always engaging doctors share their insight into the psyches of our kids during these trying times and give us the tools to help them. Their work is never done, and we are all so thankful that they are do...

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