Parenting Goals: A Virtual Parenting Panel

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm

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We are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer a monthly virtual panel for the families in our community. In December, join three experts discussing different parenting goals as we prep for New Year's Resolution Season.

Melanie Dale, author of Calm the H*ck Down, discusses taking some of the pressure off ourselves so we can enjoy parenting.

Kelly Rippon, author of Parent Up, discusses using leadership principles to realize the power of being the most important, positive force in your children's lives.

Emily Weeks, author of Kindred Table, discusses how to help ourselves and our kids have a healthy relationship with food.


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.


Zoom Webinar registration link here.


Melanie DaleMelanie Dale is an author, speaker, podcaster, and mother of three children from three different continents. She and her husband live in the Atlanta area. They have successfully kept their kids alive for a combined total of 227,760 hours, give or take. Melanie has appeared on numerous radio shows and podcasts and has been featured in articles in Real SimpleThe BumpWorking MotherThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Los Angeles Times.



Kelly Rippon



Kelly Rippon started her consulting company, Authentic Change, Inc., in 2006 with the mission of “Changing the world one conversation at a time.”  She's traveled extensively across Asia, Europe, and throughout the United States speaking to and interviewing hundreds of people about how the influences they met had shaped their perspectives.  Those conversations combined with her work as a college instructor, corporate trainer and single mother of six incredible children, including her oldest son, Olympic medalist, Adam, prompted her to write, "PARENT UP" (Sourcebooks 2020) an empowering book about developing an effective leadership perspective, while building resiliency, empathy and optimism. 


Emily WeeksEmily Weeks, RDN, LD, is the author behind the food and wellness website,, and a nutrition and culinary communications expert based in Dallas, Texas. She is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. Emily has been featured in publications such as Today's Dietitian, Mind Body Green, Everyday Health, Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, and has won both the Dallas and Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Media Awards.

Emily believes the path to a nourished, happy life is to develop a healthy relationship with food, our minds and our bodies. By cooking more at home, eating and moving intuitively, we can achieve peace of mind and be happy in the here and now. Follow along for delicious, easy recipes and simple strategies to learn how to become comfortable in the kitchen and embrace mindfulness.

Emily graduated with honors from Texas Woman's University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and completed her dietetic internship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She lives in Wylie, Texas with her husband, daughter and schnoodle puppy. When she's not cooking or blogging, Emily loves taking her dog for a walk, going to yoga or cycling classes, and binge-watching TV shows with her husband, Nick.

Calm the H*ck Down: How to Let Go and Lighten Up About Parenting Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982114367
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Published: Atria Books - December 8th, 2020

From author and speaker Melanie Dale comes a laugh-out-loud hilarious parenting book that teaches you how to dial back the stress of raising children with the simple premise that we all just need to lighten up a little bit.

Most of us thought we’d be amazing parents—and then we had kids. Now we spend what little free time we have comparing ourselves to other parents, comparing our kids to other kids, and panicking that everyone else is nailing it except us. Between constant social media postings to conflicting advice found in parenting books, we often have no choice but to freak out. But there is another way. We all just need to calm the h*ck down.

Melanie Dale—a special needs parent, adoptive parent, in vitro parent, and reluctant cheer mom—believes we are all putting too much pressure on ourselves and our kids to be perfect. Instead, she argues, we need to take a step back so we can actually enjoy this journey called parenting.

Calm the H*ck Down is filled with stories from Melanie’s own life, as well as real-life research for learning how to lighten up about every aspect of parenting—from poopy diapers and germs to family vacations and adolescent angst. She also discusses the pressure to knock it all out of the Pinterest park, the challenge of instilling some kind of faith into your kids, and worrying about their future while still trying to live in the present.

Infused with quirky humor, profound insight, and accessible advice, Calm the H*ck Down gives you the permission to finally relax and enjoy this ridiculous thing we do called parenting.

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ISBN: 9781982114374
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Published: Atria Books - December 7th, 2020

Parent Up: Inspire Your Child to Be Their Best Self Cover Image
ISBN: 9781728222356
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Published: Sourcebooks - December 8th, 2020

Raise your kids through positive parenting, understanding, and leadership...and be the ultimate influencer in their lives.

How do you raise a champion? After her son Adam Rippon, medaled in the 2018 Olympic Games, single mom Kelly Rippon found herself being asked this question all the time. Kelly had six children--what did she do to inspire them to their achievements and how did she raise confident, self-driven, emotionally intelligent children? Kelly realized that her unique parenting ideas shared the same leadership influence model she presented to audiences across the country as a motivational and professional development speaker.

Her philosophy is simple: a parent has the greatest opportunity to be the most significant influence in a child's life. Kelly shares ten key types of influence--from Optimism to Accountability--that will inspire your kids and build your own sense of purpose and self-worth. Illustrating her influencer philosophy with relatable anecdotes from her own life and raising gifted children, Kelly invites you into your own journey of self-discovery in one of the best books on parenting and child development. No matter the challenges, you can improve your life and empower your children when you Parent Up.

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ISBN: 9781728222363
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Published: Sourcebooks - December 7th, 2020

Kindred Table: Intuitive Eating for Families Cover Image
ISBN: 9781628604115
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Published: Fremont Press - November 24th, 2020

There is nothing more vital to the very existence of human beings than food. Cooking, gathering, and eating have been essential to what makes us human since our ancestors began walking this planet. From the lavish feasts offered to royals, to a modest meal served to families gathered around a table to celebrate a holiday, food has always been central to human culture. Food has been used for celebration, tradition, healing, comforting, and pleasure for thousands of years. Cooking and eating connect each and every one of us, yet in our modern society, we have made what should be simple, pleasurable, and delicious a complicated matter ridden with guilt. Food is no longer about nourishment and comfort; rather, it’s a regimented routine meant to induce shame in those who can’t stick to a diet or plan. That’s where intuitive eating comes into play – an approach to becoming healthy and happy that doesn’t involve restriction or dieting. In her new book Kindred Table, Emily Weeks, RDN, LD allows you to break free from the shackles of modern dieting by using the intuitive approach designed specifically with families in mind. 

Families today are overstressed and overworked, resulting in a reliance on quick processed foods and drive-through meals. Family meals are happening less frequently, and the use of fad diets to lose weight and get healthy is increasing, especially among kids and teenagers. An astonishing number of diets fail, leaving us feeling defeated and frustrated. But what if we could live a life free from dieting, restriction, and the suffering that goes along with it? Kindred Table discusses why restriction doesn’t work and why striving for a certain weight does more harm than good. Instead, it explains how to introduce your family to intuitive eating and, most importantly, how to enjoy healthy and happy family meals.

Kindred Table includes:

  • Comprehensive guidance especially tailored for families, with tips for how introducing the intuitive approach to young children and teens
  • A special section on gentle nutrition—how to eat healthier as a family without feeling deprived or restricted
  • Tips for coming together for family meals, trying new foods, and reducing pickiness without a fight
  • Advice for how to become healthier as a family without focusing on weight or body size
  • Information about dealing with junk food and emotional eating as children and adults
  • Nutritionally balanced recipes for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, sides, desserts, and snacks

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ISBN: 1230004361978
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Published: Victory Belt Publishing, Inc. - November 23rd, 2020

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