The Family Couch

Episode 70: Parenting a Sexual Abuse Survivor

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Jessica Lang about parenting a sexual abuse survivor. We dive right in and discuss what the term “complex trauma” means.  Lang defines this as repeated traumatic events that have happened over the course of someone’s lifespan.  This usually starts in early childhood and is not usually just sexual abuse....[ read more ]

Episode 69: Exploring Autism in African-American Families

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Maria Davis-Pierre about autism in black children and families. Davis-Pierre begins by talking about her private practice, Autism in Black, Inc, where she focuses on parents who have a child on the spectrum.  Davis-Pierre opened this practice because she has a child on the spectrum and found that the...[ read more ]

Episode 67: Conscious Parenting with a Child with Special Needs

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Sandra Fazio about how to be a conscious parent when you have a child with special needs. We dive right in and discuss how Fazio defines conscious parenting.  She feels that everyone has their own personal take on it. Fazio provides that the work of Dr. Shefali Tsabary is...[ read more ]

Episode 66: Cultural Awareness in Asian-American Parenting

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Iris Chen about cultural awareness in parenting. We dive right in and discuss what it means to be a “tiger mom.”  This comes from the book The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua.  This is a stereotype of having very strict parents with high emphasis on...[ read more ]

Episode 68: Supporting the Emotional Development of Boys

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Tosha Schore about boys and aggression. We dive in and talk about how this passion developed for Schore.  Schore started off as a women’s studies major. She became an advocate for boys when she realized that as much as women work on themselves and the progress that has been...[ read more ]

Episode 65: Successfully Raising Your Strong, Confident, Wild Child

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Tangee Veloso about how to tame your wild child and how to raise a confident child while your child is being themselves. We dive in and discuss that parents Veloso works with in coaching are often trying to teach their kids how to behave with traditional quick-fix parenting tricks,...[ read more ]

Episode 64: Co-Creating a Healthy Parent-Child Relationship

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Laura Reagan about how to help our children, specifically teens, co-create a better relationship with us. We jump in and discuss the sociological perspective of teens and their development.  Reagan believes we need to look at the concept of childhood. It wasn’t long ago that children got up early...[ read more ]

Episode 63: How Self-Care & Your Village Support Your Parenting

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Melissa Dumaz about creating a village and self-care. We dive right in and discuss how Dumaz helps moms not get into the rhythm of feeling like they have to do everything for everyone else. Dumaz encourages moms do define their own version of supermom or superdad.  We need to...[ read more ]

Episode 62: Giving Thanks: A Family’s Guide to Gratitude

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Michelle Dickie about how to show, acknowledge and express gratitude as parents. We jump in and discuss how Dickie was inspired to write a gratitude journal for children.  She would talk with her kids each night about what they were grateful for and wanted to write down everything they...[ read more ]

Episode 61: Being Supportive of Families with Children Living with Allergies

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Jaclyn Tran about the effects of allergies on the child, the family, and the family support system. We jump in and discuss what it means to have allergies and how they affect our bodies.  Tran provides that there are seasonal allergies, where a doctor will tell you to take...[ read more ]