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About This Site

The PBS Parents Guide to Talking With Kids About Everything delivers a unique combination of practical communication strategies and developmental insights, presented for parents and caregivers in an easy-to-use interactive format.

Please Note:This information in this Web site is not intended to be a substitute for professional psychological counseling. Please consult your healthcare provider, school guidance counselor, and pediatrician for recommendations about diagnosing or treating psychological problems.

This Web site is a co-production between Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) and Josh Daniel Productions.


Production Team:

About OPB:

OPB has produced major Web sites for, as well as enhanced-TV prototypes, books, and extensive promotion and education/outreach campaigns for PBS prime time programs. The following people worked on this site on behalf of OPB:

Marion Rice Ed. D., Executive Producer

Marion Rice has more than 13 years of experience in educational media development, and a Doctorate in Education in the educational media field. She is responsible for a number of integrated media and education/outreach projects at OPB including design and production of parenting content, teacher and content for general audiences. She served as the Executive Producer and Creative Director of two other Talking With Kids Guides, The PBS Parents Guide to Talking With Kids About War and Violence and The PBS Parents Guide to Talking With Kids About Health. She has produced numerous Enhanced TV components for national and international programs and interactive Web sites for PBS.

John Kin, Web Developer

John Kin has over six years experience designing and developing web sites, primarily for educational media. He has developed a variety of local and national web projects at OPB including: American Field Guide, a searchable, streaming database of PBS's best outdoor programming, Back to the Floor, Einstein's Wife, PBS Parents Guide to Talking with Kids, The Oregon Story, and Rediscovering Biology, a thirteen-part multimedia professional development course for high school biology teachers.

Deb Minkler, Illustrator

Deb Minkler is a freelance illustrator and designer. She works in a variety of styles and enjoys all types of subject matter. Deb’s illustrations on this site are a combination of ink drawings and computer work. Her home-based studio is in Portland, Oregon, where she lives happily with her two children, Madeline and Sam.

Antonieta Romero-Follette, Spanish Translator

Antonieta Romero-Follette is a Spanish, English and French translator with 23 years of written, spoken and editing experience. The mother of an on-the-go first grader, she has sharpened her parenting skills while translating this PBS Parents Guide and others on Children and Media and Reading and Language. Antonieta Romero-Follette also oversaw the Spanish editing and translation of the Maya and Miguel Website on In addition, as an economic consultant, who has worked extensively in Latin America and the Caribbean, she has also undertaken translations on socioeconomic development programs, projects and policy for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the World Bank, OECD, and many other institutions.

About Josh Daniel Productions:

Josh Daniel, Executive Producer-Writer-Editor

With more than fifteen years of experience working in educational media, Josh Daniel has written, produced and edited Web sites, television documentaries and books for companies like PBS, Sesame Workshop, the United Nations, Scholastic, Time Warner and more. Credits include serving as senior online editor at Sesame Workshop, executive producer-writer-editor for the PBS Parents Guide to Talking With Kids About War & Violence and the PBS Parents Guide to Talking With Kids About Health, senior editorial advisor to PBS Parents, writer/content developer for OPB's Children's Hospital Parent Center and the upcoming History Detectives Kids for PBS Kids. Parent-child communication has been a primary focus of Josh Daniel's work. His company also specializes in cross-platform strategic development.

Our Content Advisors:

The information in this Web site was researched and developed with input from an esteemed board of expert advisors. We wish to thank and gratefully acknowledge the following advisors to this project:

Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D., Senior Project Advisor

Author and psychologist Michael Thompson specializes in work with children and families. With co-author Dan Kindlon, Thompson wrote The New York Times bestseller Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys (Ballantine Books, 1999). Thompson is the author of Speaking of Boy: Answers to the Most-Asked Questions About Raising Sons (Ballantine, 2000), and co-author of Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children. A much sought-after speaker, Thompson has appeared on Oprah, 20/20, The Today Show, The Early Show and Good Morning America. Currently Thompson is collaborating with Oregon Public Broadcasting and Powderhouse Productions on a television and Web series for national distribution on PBS, based on his book Raising Cain. Other integrated media projects with Thompson are also in development for PBS. Dr. Thompson received his B.A. from Harvard University, his Masters in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Thompson also served as a clinical instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and was a member of the Psychology staff at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center.

Primary Advisors:

Susanna Neumann, Ph.D.

A psychologist in private practice in New York City, Susanna Neumann has been a psychologist on the staff of the Rockefeller University Child and Family Center and the First Presbyterian Church Nursery School for nearly two decades. At First Presbyterian Church Nursery School, Neumann co-developed a program for dealing with the trauma of September 11. Neumann is a graduate of New York University Post-Doctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the State University of New York, Downstate, where she led group therapy with chronically ill children and adolescents and their mothers. Neumann has lectured on and contributed to articles covering a very broad range of childhood and family issues.

Gillian McNamee, Ph.D.

Gillian McNamee is a professor of child development and director of teacher education at Chicago's Erikson Institute, the only independent institution of higher learning in the nation that focuses exclusively on educating leaders in early childhood development and education. Her areas of expertise include language and literacy development, and preschool and primary school teacher education. In addition, McNamee works extensively with Head Start, daycare, preschool and primary teachers, as well as parents, in public and private school settings. She is co-author of the book Early Literacy, with Erikson colleague Joan McLane (Harvard University Press, 1990). McNamee began her career as a kindergarten teacher. She earned her B.A. from Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts, completed her Masters in the Science of Teaching at the University of Chicago, and earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University's School of Education.

Scott Brown

Scott Brown is the author of three books and numerous articles on negotiation and conflict resolution, including his most recent book, How to Negotiate With Kids�Even When You Think You Shouldn't (Viking, 2003), which applies proven problem-solving concepts to family conflicts. Brown began his work in the field of negotiation, mediation and conflict resolution as a founding member of the Harvard Negotiation Project at Harvard Law School. For six years, Brown was an Associate Director of the Project, leading its research and analysis of arms control negotiations. In 1992, Brown became the first president of Conflict Management Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating the resolution of public disputes worldwide, including the South African CODESA negotiations, the resolution of the civil war in South Africa, border conflict negotiations between Peru and Ecuador, and constitutional negotiations in Canada.

We would also like to thank John Gotttman, Ph.D. for contributing his thoughts to this project. Gottman is the author of Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child and The Relationship Cure, A 5-Step Guide for Building Better Connections with Family, Friends, and Lovers, and co-founder of the Gottman Institute in Seattle.

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