Parenting in the Age of COVID and Beyond Virtual Panel

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm

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Parenting is always hard; parenting in the time of COVID-19 has been especially challenging. We have put together a panel of parenting experts to discuss several topics parents are facing now and as the world reopens and tries to find a new normal.

Jenn Curtis and Cynthia Clumeck Muchnick, authors of The Parent Compass, discuss the culture of competition in modern life, specifically for teens, and how to use the opportunity of the pandemic reset to reevaluate that with you own teen.

Pam Lobley, author of Why Can't We Just Play?, discusses the overscheduling of our children from a young age, and how to take advantage of the recent shutdowns to find a balance in your family's life that allows for free play. 

Dr. Claire Nicogossian, author of Mama, You Are Enough, discusses the importance of self-care and focusing on the good for parents at all times, but especially during this tumultuous time where we're all figuring things out day by day.


Physical copies of each title are available for curbside pickup or shipping. You can also order the Kobo ebooks through the links below for automatic download.


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Jenn Curtis, MSWearned a BA from UCLA and MSW from USC and is an educational consultant and professional speaker. As owner of FutureWise Consulting, she has worked with hundreds of students on every aspect of the college admission process. She is particularly passionate about empowering teens to approach life with intention and educating parents about using their parent compass.






Pam Lobley is an author and humor columnist. She has written about parenting and family life for The Bergen Record and New Jersey Newsroom and for many national news outlets including The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Carolina Parent,, and Huffington Post. Her memoir, Why Can't We Just Play? What I Did When I Realized My Kids Were Way Too Busy, is the tender and hilarious story of a summer she spent slowing down and “doing nothing” with her kids. A strong advocate for slowing down family life and getting more play into children’s lives, she has been a guest on many podcasts including Dr. Mike’s Pediacast and The Dad Experience.




Cynthia Clumeck Muchnick, MA, is a graduate of Stanford University and has been working in education for the past 25+ years as a former Assistant Director of College Admission, high school teacher, educational consultant, and author of five other education-related books. She speaks professionally to parents, students, teachers, and businesses on topics such as study skills, the adolescent journey, college admission, and now the parent compass movement.




Claire Nicogossian, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and a clinical instructor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University. She's the founder of, where you can find her writing, and the podcast In-Session with Dr. Claire. Her writing has appeared on Motherly, Scary Mommy, Thrive Global, TODAY Parenting Team, and HuffPost. Dr. Claire lives in Rhode Island with her husband and four daughters.

The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen's Wellness and Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World By Cynthia Clumeck Muchnick, Jenn Bowie Curtis, Denise Pope, Ph.D (Foreword by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781641702881
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Published: Familius - September 15th, 2020

Bragging rights and bumper stickers are some of the social forces fueling today's parenting behavior--and, as a result, even well-intentioned parents are behaving badly. Many parents don't know how best to support their teens, especially when everyone around them seems to be frantically tutoring, managing, and helicoptering. The Parent Compass provides guidance on what parents' roles should be in supporting their teens' mental health as they traverse the maze of the adolescent years. For anyone daunted by the unique challenge of parenting well in this pressure-laden and uncertain era, The Parent Compass offers:

  • Advice on fostering grit and resilience in your teen
  • Strategies to help your teen approach life with purpose
  • Guidance on how to preserve your relationship with your teen while navigating a competitive academic environment
  • Clear explanations of your appropriate role in the college admission process
  • Effective ways to approach technology use in your home, and much more!

Using The Parent Compass to navigate the adolescent years will help you parent with confidence and intention, allowing you to forge a trusting, positive relationship with your teen.

The Parent Compass By Cynthia Clumeck Muchnick, Jenn Bowie Curtis, Denise Pope, Ph.D Cover Image
ISBN: 9781641704366
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Published: Familius - September 19th, 2020

Facing summer with her two boys, ages ten and seven, Pam Lobley was sifting through signups for swim team, rec camp, night camp, scout camp, and enrichment classes. Overwhelmed at the choices, she asked her sons what they wanted to do during summer: "Soccer? Zoo School? Little Prodigy's Art Club?"

"Why can't we just play?" they asked.

A summer with no scheduled activities at all . . . The thought was tempting, but was it possible? It would be like something out of the 1950s. Could they really have a summer like that?

Juggling the expectations of her husband ("Are you going to wear garters?"), her son, Sam ("I'm bored!"), and her son, Jack ("Can I just stay in my pajamas?"), Pam sets out to give her kids an old-fashioned summer. During the shapeless days, she studies up on the myths and realities of the 1950s. With her trademark wit and candor, she reveals what we can learn from those long-ago families, why raising kids has changed so drastically, and most importantly, how to stop time once in a while and just play.

Why Can't We Just Play? By Pam Lobley Cover Image
ISBN: 9781942934967
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Published: Familius - April 4th, 2016

Mama, You Are Enough: How to Create Calm, Joy, and Confidence Within the Chaos of Motherhood By Claire Nicogossian Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781645670698
Published: Page Street Publishing - June 23rd, 2020

A few years ago, Dr. Claire Nicogossian began noticing a trend in her therapy room: Mothers are struggling with the challenging and unexpected emotions that surface during their journey through motherhood. In the confines of a safe, judgment-free space, they share about the heavy guilt they carry from losing control and yelling at their children; the crippling fear that they are failing their families; and the exhaustion of juggling work, home, and family. Dr. Claire calls these our shadow emotions. While varying in intensity, our shadow emotions take some form of sadness, anger, fear, embarrassment, or disgust, often a combination. In this breakthrough book, Dr. Claire sheds light on these shadow emotions and provides a path to thriving joy, inner calm, and radiant confidence.

Drawing upon her own experiences of raising four children and many years of counseling mothers as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Claire shares practical tips, strategies, and encouragement to help women in all stages of motherhood. By creating new language for the feelings moms experience but seldom talk about--inspired by the groundbreaking work of Carl Jung--this book has the power to create a radical shift in the way we understand and navigate modern motherhood. With Dr. Claire's guidance, mothers everywhere will discover the deep joy, fulfillment, and inner peace that are already within their reach.

Mama, You Are Enough By Claire Nicogossian Cover Image
ISBN: 9781645670704
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Published: Page Street Publishing - June 29th, 2020

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