“Thank you so, so much for your talk on Saturday!  Your advice seemed to make so much sense to people at the same time it blew away our previous ideas of ways to handle sibling rivalry, how much responsibility to give young children, etc., etc.  Looking around the room while you were talking, it was obvious that everyone was riveted on what you were saying.”  (Heather Valadez, Takoma Attachment Parenting Board Member)

“I liked Emory’s friendly, familiar style, using some of her own experiences with her family.”

“Emory was brilliant, very informative.  This was my first time hearing her speak, and I loved what I heard.”



Since 1994, Emory has given talks and taught classes and workshops for more than a thousand parents like you.  As a relaxed and seasoned speaker, she is known for her sense of humor as well as her clear and informative presentations.  Emory is able to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds.  She has spoken to children and teens as well as adults, to small groups gathered in a living room and for hundreds filling an auditorium.  In the past, Emory has been invited to speak by neighborhood groups, churches, and schools as well as larger organizations such as NIH, Goddard Space Center, Suburban Hospital/YMCA, etc.

Emory’s talks are always designed to educate, and do so in an entertaining and inspiring way.  Her examples are drawn from real families and real situations and her advice is based upon current research and solid theory.  She has won over the most reluctant audience members with her warmth and compassion and answered the toughest “how do I get my child to…” questions.  All talks end with a lengthy question and answer period.

Contact Emory directly to inquire about cost, availability, and scheduling.

Below are some of the topics that Emory is frequently invited to speak about.  She is also willing to develop a customized talk for a specific need or group.

Eating, Toilet-Training, and Going to Bed HasslesThe three biggest issues for many parents of young children are also about the question “Who’s in charge here?” In this talk, Emory discusses the parent’s role and the child’s responsibility for each of these issues.

Why Kids Don’t TryMany parents are keenly frustrated when they know that their child can do it, but they don’t even seem to want to try.  Nagging, cajoling, rewards and punishments don’t work, but Emory shares the proven and effective ways to encourage a child or teen to make more of an effort.

Mother/Daughter FightingCan there be peace between adolescent daughters and their mothers–or is it impossible?  Research has found that teen girls don’t want to break away from their mother, but they do want to change the relationship dynamics.  Emory will help mothers understand how to negotiate through these turbulent times, with dignity, affection and respect intact.

Raising Children with the 4 Crucial C’sConnection, Capability, the knowledge that they Count, and Courage.  Parents often focus on children’s misbehavior, but in this talk Emory focuses on the important qualities children need in order to thrive in childhood and adulthood. Every day gives parents the opportunity to help their children get the crucial C’s. Not coincidentally, children with the crucial C’s also behave better and recover faster from mistakes.

Why Don’t They Listen to Me?Are you tired of repeating yourself, over and over again?  Do you wish your children would pay attention to your requests and reminders, instead of ignoring you or doing what they want?  Emory shares the secrets of how parents can make themselves heard, without raising their voices, and how to make children want to hear what their parents have to say.

Using Playtime to Connect and Solve ProblemsMost of us did not grow up with parents who really got down on the floor to play with us, and many of us don’t feel completely comfortable entering into our children’s fantasy play. In this talk, I give suggestions about how play can profoundly connect parents and children in important ways; the importance of letting children direct us in play; and how to understand children’s play when it is violent or has disturbing themes.

Decreasing Sibling RivalrySiblings always fight-how can the parent tell if they need to intervene? What is the best way for parents to handle sibling fighting? How can parents help build family cooperation and loyalty between siblings? This talk helps parents understand why siblings fight and how parents can best handle it.

You’re Not My Friend Anymore!”Learning how to get along successfully with their peers is one of the most important skills children must develop. Parents cannot create social acceptance for their children, but they can coach them in some specific skills and support them in the developmental steps of making and keeping friends. This talk provides parents with more information about the unique features of children’s friendships at different ages, and how parents can support their children’s peer relationships.