Special Episode with Jennifer Twomey & Traci Paige, Executive Producers of Gabby’s Dollhouse.

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In this episode of the Parent Pod, we spoke to Jennifer Twomey and Traci Paige Johnson the Emmy-nominated executive producers and showrunners of the preschool Netflix original series, Gabby’s Dollhouse. We talk about everything from the season 2 premiere of the show on August 10th, to the concept of Growth Mindset and the TED talk by Carol Dweck.

You can find the Big Life Journal resources that were mentioned in the episode here.

Jennifer Twomey is the Emmy-nominated executive producer and showrunner of the highly-anticipated  preschool Netflix original series, Gabby’s Dollhouse from DreamWorks Animation.  

Previously Twomey has been a leader in preschool television for over 25 years serving as creator,  showrunner, writer and development executive on numerous top rated series, including Nickelodeon’s breakthrough series, Blue’s Clues, Team Umizoomi, the Emmy Award-winning series, The Upside Down  Show, Super Why, and Amazon’s preschool show, Creative Galaxy. Twomey also worked as a Senior  Production and Development Executive for Nickelodeon Preschool Television, overseeing current series  and developing new content. While there, she launched Jack’s Big Music Show and created over fifty live  action music videos helping to establish Nickelodeon’s preschool music brand.  

She is a Peabody Award winner, a multiple Emmy Award nominee, and a recipient of the Gold and Silver  Parents Choice Awards. Gabby’s Dollhouse is the result of her inspiration from her childhood love of  dollhouses as well as the grit and determination of her real-life daughter Gabby and a dream project for  Twomey. 

Traci Paige Johnson is the Emmy-nominated executive producer and showrunner of the highly- anticipated  preschool Netflix original series, Gabby’s Dollhouse from DreamWorks Animation. 

Paige Johnson has been a leader in children’s television for over 25 years previously serving as Co-Creator  and Director on Nickelodeon’s breakthrough Emmy-nominated series, Blue’s Clues in which she also  voiced the show’s star, Blue. She continues in these roles on the Nick Jr. reboots of Blue’s Clues & You! 

She served as co-creator and creative director on PBS’s hit show Super Why! And Amazon’s Creative  Galaxy, where she invented all the original crafts that were showcased. Paige Johnson also currently acts  as Creative Director for PBS’ Emmy-winning series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. A multiple Emmy Award nominee and Parents Choice Award winner, Paige Johnson is now thrilled to be  playing in DreamWorks Gabby’s Dollhouse that was born out of her love for cats and all things miniature.

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The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.

Special Episode with Teri Weiss, EVP, Television Development for DreamWorks Animation.

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In this episode of the Parent Pod, we spoke to Teri Weiss of Dreamworks Animation.

Teri Weiss is EVP, Television Development for DreamWorks Animation reporting to Chief Creative Officer, Television, Peter Gal. In this role, she oversees the creative development of a rapidly growing slate of original television projects, including the content for DWA TV’s groundbreaking multi-year deal with Netflix as well as Peacock, Amazon,  Hulu, Universal Kids, and other leading broadcasters around the world. As part of the studio’s global initiatives, Weiss and her creative team are tasked with developing original animated programming inspired by characters from DreamWorks Animation’s iconic franchises and upcoming feature films, the company’s vast Classic Media library, and  Universal Pictures, as well as projects based on original and acquired IP. 

Weiss previously served as the EVP, Preschool Development and Current Series.  Recent projects that Weiss oversaw in this role include Archibald’s Next Big Thing from  Tony Hale, Dragons Rescue Riders and Where’s Waldo?, as well as the upcoming series Gabby’s Dollhouse, Rhyme Time Town, Go, Dog. Go! and Madagascar: A Little Wild. 

Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation Television, Weiss worked at  NBC/Universal where she was hired to head up kids content for Universal Kids  Productions group after a 16-year stint at Nickelodeon where she served as EVP of  Preschool original programming. She launched a series of hits, including Shimmer and  Shine, Blaze and the Monster Machines, Dora and Friends, Paw  Patrol, and Wallykazam! She also helped solidify Nick Jr’s leadership position with series hits Bubble Guppies, Team Umizoomi, and The Fresh Beat Band. Prior to Nickelodeon, 

Weiss was a producer on Sesame Street, as well as Where in the World is Carmen  Sandiego? and Square One TV

Raised in New York, Weiss graduated from John Hopkins University with a degree in International Studies. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, and daughter.

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The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.

Helping Your Toddler Thrive with MFT Michelle Tangemen.

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In this episode of the Parent Pod, we spoke to Michelle Tangemen the founder of the Thriving Toddler.


Michelle is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She specializes in working with children & families by applying her experience in developmental psychology and behavior analysis. She has over a decade of experience using evidence-based practices to decrease undesired behaviors and increase adaptive/desired behaviors in order to strengthen the relationships between parent and child. Her goal is to support parents as they navigate the challenges that come with parenting.

Learn more at https://www.thrivingtoddler.com/.

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The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.

Conscious Untigering and Peaceful Parenting with Author with Iris Chen

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In this episode of The Parent Pod, we spoke to Iris Chen, Iris Chen is an author, unschooling mom, deconstructing tiger parent, and founder of the Untigering movement. As an advocate for peaceful parenting and educational freedom for children, her mission is to inspire generational and cultural transformation, especially among Asian communities.

She spent 16 years living overseas in China (land of the tiger parent!), but now resides in her native California with her husband and two sons. You can read more about her adventures in parenting and unschooling at www.untigering.com.

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The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.

Postpartum Plans and Parent Education with Julia Mitchell

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In this episode of The Parent Pod, we spoke to Julia Mitchell, the founder of Gather and Bloom. Julia Mitchell is a life-long family advocate and the founder of Gather + Bloom. With hundreds of families assisted, Julia combines research-based methods with over twelve years of time-tested experience to provide custom postpartum plans, parent education, and newborn care.

Learn more about her company at www.gatherandbloom.co.

About

The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.

Car Seats, Lactation Support and Everything in Between with Tot Squad Founder Jen Saxton

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In this episode of The Parent Pod, we spoke to Tot Squad founder Jen Saxton about how she’s helping families identify and hire the best experts for their family.

Jen is the founder and CEO of Tot Squad. She started Tot Squad in 2011 during her time at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where her business idea won first place in the Kellogg Cup Business Plan Competition. She’s been featured on CNBC, Fast Company, Forbes, Bloomberg BusinessWeek and The Doctors, you can learn more about her through LinkedIn, and through the Tot Squad website.

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The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.

Yoga & Meditation for Kids with Yo Re Mi founder Rachel Costello

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In this episode of The Parent Pod we spoke to Yo Re Mi founder Rachel Costello about the benefits of teaching yoga to kids and families.

Rachel Costello is a Yoga Alliance certified teacher specializing in hatha, vinyasa, prenatal, postpartum, yoga nidra, trauma-informed yoga and yoga for children and families. She trained with Dharma Mittra and also studied at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram in India, with Rainbow Kids Yoga in Toronto, and at Integral Yoga Institute in NYC. She is currently working toward a Yoga Therapy Certification through the Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy. Through Yo Re Mi, Rachel works with schools, educators and early childhood professionals to bring music, yoga and mindfulness to young children all over NYC. She is an artist, singer, and performer and loves incorporating dance, theater and music into her classes. Rachel has been teaching both adults and children since 2005 and, as mother of two, especially loves sharing the benefits of yoga and mindfulness with women, children and families.

About

The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.

Exploring Toys as Tools in Play with Scientific Mommy Co-Founder Erin O’Connor

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In this week’s episode of the Parent Pod Podcast, we spoke to Erin O’Connor the co-founder of Scientific Mommy.

The Director of New York University’s Early Childhood Education Program, Erin is a tenured professor and holds a Doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a Masters in Teaching from Fordham University, and a Masters in School Psychology from Columbia University. Erin teaches human development and education classes to pre- and in-service teachers in New York City schools. She also co-directs a community partnership working with families and caregivers. 

​In addition, Erin leads a research program examining relationships with mothers and teachers and the impacts of these relationships on children’s development in early and middle childhood. She also conducts randomized control trials of relationship-building interventions on the language and social development of pre-kindergarten children from low-income families and neighborhoods. 

Erin has published in educational and psychology journals including the American Educational Research Journal, Journal of Educational Psychology, and Journal of Applied Psychology. Her work is supported by grants from several institutions including the Institute for Education Sciences. She is a member of the American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, and the Society for Research in Child Development.

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The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.

Hiring the Perfect Caregiver with the Windy City Nanny Florence Ann Romano

In this episode of The Parent Pod spoke to the Windy City Nanny (Florence Ann Romano) about everything from nanny cams to hiring dos and don’ts for parents.

Florence Ann Romano, The Windy City Nanny ™, is an author, podcast co-host of “Finger Painting the Future”, a philanthropist and child-care expert who has always had a special place in her heart for children. Romano worked for over 15 years as a nanny, beginning as a ‘Mommy’s helper’ at the age of 11. She believes the key to success for a family is by focusing on what she has coined as THE TRIFECTA – parent, child, and caretaker working in unison toward common, family goals.

About

The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.

Parent Self-Care With Author & Expert Kristi Yeh

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In this week’s episode of the Parent Pod Podcast, we spoke to Parent Self-Care Expert Kristi Yeh about the ways parents can practice self-care, especially in the winter months.

Kristi Yeh is a parent of two, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been practicing in California for over ten years. She currently works in school-based mental health as a Wellness Coordinator at a public elementary school. Kristi has been passionate about self-care personally and professionally for years, which led her to start Parent Self-Care, write a book for parents about their wellness, and launch the Mental Mile podcast.

You can visit her online at https://parentselfcare.com/

And you can purchase her book Self-Care 101: Self-Care Inspiration for Busy Parents here.

About

The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.