Dylan Lauren talks about her love of color and candy, how she's raising her "twin"kies, fitting in her workouts, managing her retailtainment empire, writing her first book, how 9/11 affected the launch of Dylan's Candy Bar, her bunny love and more!
Novelist Caitlin Macy (pronounced "CaiSH-lin"), author of Mrs., Spoiled (Stories) and The Fundamentals of Play, talks about unspoken class distinctions, her own family's fall from wealth, what it takes to make Upper East Side moms stop googling Hamptons real estate, and how she tries to get her daughter to wear socks. She references so many books and authors, it's hard to keep up with her huge, literary mind.
Best-selling author, Dani Shapiro, author of nine amazing books (both memoirs and novels), talks about her secret to great writing, the app everyone needs to be productive, which sentence about her husband she rewrote over and over again and the family secret in her upcoming book from Knopf. (Cliffhanger!)
Jennifer Wallace, TV commentator and award-winning journalist for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and many women's magazines, discusses her recent WSJ article, "The Teenage Social Media Trap." Armed with many recent studies, Jennie gives tips on how to manage kids' social media and gives some cautionary warnings. She also discusses how she broke into newspaper reporting, how her girlfriends were instrumental in helping her back into journalism after she took seven years off to raise her three kids, and how to appear calm, cool and collected on air. Plus she shares her secret to finding time to write without distractions!
Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prize Winner and Best-Selling Author of “The Power of Habit” and “Smarter Faster Better”
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and best-selling author, Charles Duhigg, shares his insightful research to help this mom change her habits and parent more effectively. Charles explains the brain's way of forming habits, unlocks the secret to stopping them and puts his words into action. He also reveals his methods to crafting amazing stories (hint: structure!) and shares what it was like to get the call telling him he'd won a Pulitzer! He also gives tips on how to be more productive (hint: fewer emails!). His amazing books, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business and Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity are both New York Times Bestsellers.
Sarah Mlynowski, best-selling author of 35 books including the Upside Magic and Whatever After Young Adult series (ask any kids ages 8-14 and they'll know about them!), talks about magic, getting into the teenage brain, how her parent's divorce shaped her, and the future of princesses. Listen with or without your kids!
Piper Weiss, author of You All Grow Up and Leave Me, recounts the chilling story of her experience with her former NYC tennis pro (and child stalker) Gary Wilensky. One of “Gary’s girls,” Piper starkly and beautifully weaves together her coming-of-age memoir in the 1990’s Manhattan private school scene, fighting her own demons, while unknowingly dealing with a real demon right in front of her. The book is a grand slam. This episode showcases Piper’s soulful talent and sheds light on a national child predator case, sadly a precursor to other monsters who have followed in Gary’s footsteps.
WARNING: BAD LANGUAGE!!!! DON'T LISTEN IN THE CAR WITH YOUR KIDS.
Jill Kargman, author of multiple books plus creator/writer/star of "Odd Mom Out," speaks in her unique, hilarious, irreverent way about the ins and outs of parenthood. She dishes about writing for TV versus novels, discusses how she keeps her kids from being spoiled and raves about what she's reading now.
Lauren Smith Brody, Author of The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom’s Guide to Style, Sanity and Success After Baby
Lauren Smith Brody, author of The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom's Guide to Style, Sanity and Success After Baby, shares her own experiences (and relevant studies) about going back to work, trying not to fight with her husband, childcare options, "mom guilt," how to look and feel better, and attempting to not turn into her mother. Lauren has started a movement in the workplace advocating on behalf of new moms and offers workshops, personal sessions for moms and more. Check out www.thefifthtrimester.com.
Sarika Chawla's article, "How I'm Raising My Kids to Have a Healthy Relationship with Food, Despite My Eating Disorder," from the Washington Post's On Parenting section, outlines her experiences and gives suggestions for managing a relationship with food and parenting. She speaks openly in our interview about her struggles and how she's handling raising her own two children now.