We tend to think of adolescence as a problem waiting to happen. As a result, we have incredibly low expectations for the period—we are satisfied if our kids survive these years without something terrible happening to them. But the man you are about to meet says it’s a time when kids are more susceptible to positive influences, too, not just harmful ones. So instead of just trying to help our kids survive, we can think of adolescence as a time when we can actually help them thrive.
Laurence Steinberg, Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at Temple University, is the author of the leading textbook on adolescence, as well as over 350 scholarly articles and a dozen books. He has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and Psychology Today and is a regular guest on NPR. He lives in Philadelphia.
If you have ever experienced those so called coincidences in life that you’ve been dismissing so easily, you are going to want to meet our next guests who will explain why these coincidences do truly mean something, and you need to pay attention to them.
SQuire Rushnell, yes, capital Q … he’s a popular speaker and the New York Times Bestselling author who introduced the word “godwink” into the language—“coincidences that aren’t really coincidence.” SQuire has more than one million books in print and his Godwink Stories have become a popular monthly feature on the NBC Today Show. As a veteran ABC Television Network executive, he led Good Morning America to number one and was a father of the acclaimed Schoolhouse Rock series and ABC After School Specials. Programs under his direction captured more than 75 Emmy Awards. Called “America’s Encourager,” SQuire is a riveting storyteller on speaking tours with Godwink Gatherings or Seven Steps to BE GREAT. With his wife, comedienne Louise DuArt, they perform Boomer Celebration or An Evening of Music, Inspiration & Comedy.
Louise DuArt, known as “One of The World’s Best Comedic/Impressionists,” Louise has co-starred with Tim Conway in sell-out performances throughout the US and Canada for fifteen seasons. Clean and funny, Louise executes fast-paced conversations between Bart Simpson, Judge Judy, Joan Rivers, Barbra Streisand, Barbara Walters, and dozens more. SQuire observes, “I never know who I’m waking up next to.” A popular Women Of Faith speaker, Louise has co-authored two books with SQuire, Godwink Stories: A Devotional and Couples Who Pray. She hosted a popular daily talk show on the ABC Family Channel for eight seasons and has starred in various Broadway productions, garnering rave reviews.
SQuire and Louise live on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Robert Bianco has been the TV critic at USA Today since 1998 and is the longest serving TV critic in the paper’s admittedly not-so-long history. A 1977 graduate of the University of Michigan, Robert got his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1980 and worked as a lawyer for six years – before joining the Pittsburgh Press in 1986. He worked there for six years until the Press folded, and then moved to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for another six years. He has been named one of the six most influential television critics in the nation by Variety, but he still can’t get his family to watch what he tells them to watch.