Helping Families Be Happy
The Parent Fix with Maggie Stevens

The Parent Fix with Maggie Stevens

March 5, 2021

Maggie Stevens joins host Carla Marie Manly, PhD to discuss The Parent Fix.


Have you ever tried to change another person? If you have, you probably know it is next to impossible. Most parenting books teach parents how to change the child. The Parent Fix focuses on the parents, emphasizing a parent’s need to change to inspire family improvement.

If our greatest joys and sorrows come from family relationships, are we truly happy when we are in control of our loved ones? That deep joy we are searching for comes as we watch those we love learn lessons that change their own lives. To have this change it is the parent who must change.

There is power in parenting—correct parenting. Rather than focusing on the kids, as so many other self-help books do,The Parent Fix stresses that when parents change, kids change. Focusing on key principles like correct judgement, taking time, education and more, Stevens provides concrete ways parents can change their own behavior to improve the behavior of their children. As a mother, Maggie spent years researching and found the answers needed to successfully raise five children. With over thirty years of practical experience, Maggie knows the answers that make a difference. When parents change . . . kids change.



Maggie Stevens graduated with degrees in sociology and youth leadership. Professionally, Maggie works with youth groups, parent groups, and educators offering parenting help to struggling families.

She also volunteers the majority of her time to The Parent Fix Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving family life. She is the proud mother of five children and four grandchildren.


A Spring Stroll in the City with Author Cathy Goldberg Fishman

A Spring Stroll in the City with Author Cathy Goldberg Fishman

February 26, 2021

Cathy Goldberg Fishman, author of the upcoming board book A Spring Stroll in the City and fall 2020 title A Winter Walk in the City (both illustrated by Melanie Hall) joins Carla Marie Manly, PhD, to discuss her work and her inspiration for this series.


Spring stroll in the city
What do I see?
One giant shamrock.
Two kites in a tree.

Take a stroll through the city in springtime and experience the sights, sounds, colors, and smells of the multitude of different holidays we celebrate this season. From St. Patrick’s Day and Easter to Nowruz and Cinco de Mayo, everyone has a reason to celebrate. With simple rhymes, a counting pattern, and stunning papercraft art reminiscent of Ezra Jack Keats, this diverse board book is the perfect introduction to the cultural melting pot that makes the city so special.

A graduate of Lesley College and the University of Vermont, Cathy taught in an elementary school, directed a daycare center, and owned a children's bookstore.  In addition to writing, Cathy teaches at Georgia Military College in Augusta, Georgia, and works part-time at the Augusta Jewish Federation.


Read Aloud and Storytime Enthusiast Bri Reads!

Read Aloud and Storytime Enthusiast Bri Reads!

February 5, 2021

Bri Reads joins host Carla Marie Manly, PhD, for a discussion about how she uses her social media platform to encourage a love of reading.


Check out Bri Reads's The Day Punctuation Came to Town read aloud and storytime here:


The Day Punctuation Came to Town:

Called to Be Creative with Mary Potter Kenyon and Rebecca Schweiger

Called to Be Creative with Mary Potter Kenyon and Rebecca Schweiger

January 29, 2021

Christopher Robbins (co-founder and CEO of Familius) speaks with Mary Potter Kenyon (author of Called to Be Creative) and Rebecca Schweiger (founder and CEO of The Art Studio NY) about the importance of cultivating creativity.

About Called to Be Creative:

"I’m not creative. I could never do something like that. I don’t have time to be creative."

Does any of this sound familiar? Do you find yourself wishing that you had pursued your creative talents before it was too late? In a world full of creativity, there is no such thing as “too late.”

Called to Be Creative is for anyone looking to reignite that tiny spark inside of them and invite creativity into their lives through simple, everyday practices. A certified grief counselor and a Program Coordinator for Shalom Spirituality Center, Mary Potter Kenyon walks you step by step through the process of exploring your true potential in this inspirational guide to embracing your innate creativity. With in-depth research from the most notable creative authorities, insight from creative pioneers, her personal experiences, and small activities to kick-start your own creative revolution, Kenyon offers you everything you need to live a more creative life.

Marvin’s Monster Diary, ST4, and Mindfulness with Dr.Raun Melmed and Caroline Bliss Larsen

Marvin’s Monster Diary, ST4, and Mindfulness with Dr.Raun Melmed and Caroline Bliss Larsen

December 18, 2020

Join host Carla Marie Manly, PhD, author of Joy From Fear, Aging Joyfully, and upcoming Date Smart, as she speaks with co-authors Raun D. Melmed, MD, FAAP, and Caroline Bliss Larsen of Marvin's Monster Diary 2 (+Lyssa!): ADHD Emotion Explosion, Marvin's Monster Diary 3: Trouble with Friends, and upcoming Marvin's Monster Diary 4: Bullying.


Marvin's Monster Diary series:



Raun D. Melmed, MD, FAAP, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, is the director of the Melmed Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, and co-founder and medical director of the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center. He is the author of Autism: Early Intervention; Autism and the Extended Family; and a series of books on mindfulness for children: Marvin's Monster Diary: ADHD Attacks, Timmy's Monster Diary: Screen Time Stress, Harriet's Monster Diary: Awfully Anxious, Marvin's Monster Diary 2 (+Lyssa): ADHD Emotion Explosion, Marvin's Monster Diary 3: Trouble with Friends (But I Get By, Big Time!), and the next in the series, and Marvin's Monster Diary 4: Bullying.


Caroline Bliss Larsen edits BYU Independent Study courses by day and writes and edits novels by night. She is also the coauthor of Marvin's Monster Diary 2 (+Lyssa!): ADHD Emotion Explosion and Marvin's Monster Diary 3: Trouble with Friends. 

Holistic Approaches to Physical and Mental Health

Holistic Approaches to Physical and Mental Health

December 8, 2020

Join host Dr. Carla Marie Manly, author of Joy From Fear, as she interviews Dr. David Hanscom about holistic approaches to physical and mental health.

About Joy From Fear:

If you find yourself running away from fear, you’re running in the wrong direction. Fear demands that we move toward it, face it, and hear its messages. When we fail to do this, the price is high—chronic anxiety, sleeplessness, damaged relationships, skyrocketing pharmaceutical use, and more. In her enlightening book Joy from Fear, clinical psychologist Dr. Carla Marie Manly explains that fear is not the enemy we thought it was; fear, when faced with awareness, is the powerful ally and best friend we all need.

Dr. Manly's work is firmly based in science but goes far beyond presenting the dry facts. Joy from Fear offers page after page of real-life examples, insights, easy-to-use tools, and life-changing exercises. Coining the term transformational fear, Dr. Manly illuminates the importance of embracing fear’s messages for a transformed life filled with freedom and lasting happiness.  

About Dr. Carla Marie Manly:

Dr. Carla Marie Manly is a practicing clinical psychologist, author, and advocate who makes her home in Santa Rosa, California. Utilizing a mindfulness-based, holistic approach, Dr. Manly focuses on helping others achieve joy and balance from the inside out.

About Dr. Hanscom:

Dr. Hanscom is an orthopedic complex spinal deformity surgeon who was based in Seattle, WA. He quit his surgical practice in 2018 of over 32 years to focus on teaching people how to break the grip of chronic mental and physical pain. His mission is to re-introduce true healing into medicine. He feels that doctors should be given the time to listen and understand their patients. Difficult life situations surrounding their medical problems have a tremendous impact on care and outcomes.

Parenting for the Digital Age with Bill Ratner

Parenting for the Digital Age with Bill Ratner

November 27, 2020

Author and acclaimed voice actor Bill Ratner joins Christopher Robbins, CEO and co-founder of Familius, to discuss his work and his book Parenting for the Digital Age.

About Bill:

Bill Ratner is an American voice actor. He is best known for being the voice in movie trailers and for being the voice of Flint in Hasbro’s syndicated TV cartoon G.I. Joe. He reprised the role of “Flint” in episodes of Family Guy and Robot Chicken. In addition to his successful career in voiceovers Bill is a master storyteller—National Storytelling Festival Slam Teller, Best of Hollywood Fringe Festival winner, 8-time Moth StorySLAM Winner, published short story writer, essayist, and playwright. He performs his stories in comedy clubs, theatres, taverns, schools, and storytelling festivals across the country.

About the Book:

From how to deal with cyberbullying to the strange, true stories behind Barbie and G.I. Joe, media insider Bill Ratner takes an inside look at our wired-up world in a fascinating book—part memoir, part parenting guide—for the digital age. Landing his first job in advertising at age fourteen, Ratner learned early that the media doesn't necessarily have our best interests at heart. His career as one of America’s most popular voiceover artists and his life as a parent and educator gives readers a first-hand look at the effects of digital media on children and what you can do about it.

Little Fingers Ballet! and Proud to Be Latino: Food/Comida with Author Ashley Marie Mireles

Little Fingers Ballet! and Proud to Be Latino: Food/Comida with Author Ashley Marie Mireles

November 20, 2020

Ashley Marie Mireles joins host Dr. Carla Marie Manly to discuss her titles Proud to Be Latino: Food/Comida and Little Fingers Ballet! 


About Ashley Marie Mireles:

Ashley Marie Mireles was born and raised in the heart of California's Central Valley, where her time visiting the library blossomed into a career in publishing. She currently lives in Fresno, California, with her boyfriend of seven years and their terrier.

About Little Fingers Ballet!:

Ballet is for feet, and now fingers too! Slip into your mini pointe shoes!

Being a prima ballerina is simple with Little Fingers Ballet! Flip through the pages and become the star of classic ballets. The six spreads feature scenes from Coppellia, Cinderella, La Bayadere, The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, and Swan Lake. Each page gives the reader a ballet step to practice from the actual choreography of the scene.

About Proud to Be Latino: Food/Comida:

Did you know that there are over 5000 types of potatoes sold in South America? Or that in Honduras, a song about conch soup reached the Billboard Top 100 Charts? 

Latino culture spans Southern and Central America as well as the Caribbean, but often when we think of Latino foods, we think tacos, burritos, and other common Mexican dishes. Proud to Be Latino: Food/Comida teaches children how different Latino countries use similar ingredients to create unique regional dishes.

The dishes and their descriptions are given in both English and Spanish, and parents will enjoy the sidebars with additional fun facts about Latino food and culture. This bilingual board book takes the reader beyond a basic language primer and dives deep into the heart of Latino culture . . . which is the food, of course! 

Pandemic Etiquette with Author Rosalinda Randall

Pandemic Etiquette with Author Rosalinda Randall

November 13, 2020

Rosalinda Randall, author of Don't Burp in the Boardroom, joins Familius co-founder and CEO Christopher Robbins to discuss etiquette during the pandemic.

About Rosalinda's Book, Don't Burp in the Boardroom:

Sassy, funny, blunt, and definitely not sugar coated, Don’t Burp in the Boardroom examines etiquette in the workplace, from the warehouse to the top floor. While the outerwear may be different, the dilemmas from cubicle to corner office are the same. Rosalinda Randall delves into common predicaments like food, the break room, social media and electronics, office romances, or how to make a good impression when you’re new on the job. She also delves into the uncommonly common like catching your boss in an unfortunate position and how to avoid that one co-worker who always wants a hug.

In today’s modern, fast-paced, crazy lifestyle we think we don’t have time for etiquette. We might believe that it is outdated, irrelevant, or even pretentious. But Don’t Burp in the Boardroom talks about etiquette without mentioning etiquette! How’s that possible? Because Rosalinda defines etiquette as an attitude. What’s yours like?


Rosalinda Randall is a modern-day pundit on tact and civility. By lending personality and humor to an age-old and sometimes boring topic, Rosalinda has been successfully improving workplace environments and relationships as well as spreading civility and sharing enthusiastic and insightful advice for more than 14 years.

Rosalinda has also served as a source for Woman's Day (featured on YahooShine), Small Biz Technology, The Metro West Daily News, Winter Bride 2013, Ser Padres (Spanish version of "Parents Mag"), on a variety of topics.

One of her favorite missions is serving as a consultant to formerly incarcerated women. Catherine's Center, a local non-profit organization. She lives in Northern California.



Finding Family with Richard Hill

Finding Family with Richard Hill

November 8, 2020

Join host Carla Marie Manly, PhD (author of Joy From Fear and Aging Joyfully) and Richard Hill for a conversation about Richard's book Finding Family.


Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA is the highly suspenseful account of an adoptee trying to reclaim the biological family denied him by sealed birth records. This fascinating quest, including the author's landmark use of DNA testing, takes readers on an exhilarating roller-coaster ride and concludes with a twist that rivals anything Hollywood has to offer.

In the vein of a classic mystery, Hill gathers the seemingly scant evidence surrounding the circumstances of his birth. As his resolve shores up, the author also avails of new friends, genealogists, the Internet, and the latest DNA tests in the new field of genetic genealogy. As he closes in on the truth of his ancestry, he is able to construct a living, breathing portrait of the young woman who was faced with the decision to forsake her rights to her child, and ultimately the man whose identity had remained hidden for decades.

Finding Family offers guidance, insight, and motivation for anyone engaged in a similar mission, from ways to obtain information to the many networks that can facilitate adoption searches. The book includes a detailed guide to DNA and genetic genealogy and how they can produce irrefutable results in determining genetic connections and help adoptees bypass sealed records and similar stumbling blocks


At 18 years old, Richard Hill accidentally discovered a deeply hidden family secret: he was adopted. Assuming he would never know any details, he was startled to learn many years later that he had a brother out there somewhere. What then began as a search for his mother and brother turned into a decades long search for the identity of his biological father.

Thwarted for years by sealed records, lies, and cover-ups, Richard eventually turned to a series of new DNA tests designed for genealogists. His groundbreaking use of this new science to uncover the name of his birth father was reported on the front page of The Wall Street Journal. Subsequently, newer DNA tests would lead him to an even more startling conclusion.

Richard has made it his personal mission to share what he learns with other adoptees and genealogists. He does that through his web site,, social media, presentations, and now his books.

His memoir, Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA, was named a Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. The electronic version was awarded a gold medal in the Global Ebook Awards.

His "Guide to DNA Testing" eBook provides an easy-to-understand overview of genetic genealogy. Readers quickly learn how to identify ancestors, confirm relationships, and measure their ethnic ancestry.

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