Stuff in the ‘Stress-Free Parent’ Category

9 April, 2015


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Sara Au

Sara Au is a journalist specializing in parenting and health issues, in addition to being mom to her teenage son and tween daughter. She is the co-author of Stress-Free Discipline: Simple Strategies for Handling Common Behavior Problems (AMACOM, 2015) and Stress-Free Potty Training (AMACOM, 2008), both with Dr. Pete Stavinoha, a clinical neuropsychologist.

The Stress-Free Discipline author team of a psychologist/dad and a writer/mom combine the expertise of brain science and real-world applications in the home, offering readers the one-two punch of not only “how” to do something, but also “why” it can work. Au and Stavinoha explain the underlying concepts of behavior, link that information to what is happening in their home at any given moment, and offer 16 Universal Strategies of parenting techniques. With five niche chapters about behavior problems specific to tantrums, homework, meal times, bed times, and attitudes, Stress-Free Discipline offers parents more information, more tools, and more real-world examples to help them turn those problem behaviors into positive behaviors.

A Syracuse University graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Sara’s  written for such publications as ePregnancy Magazine,, Runner’s World, FitBody Magazine, and the Girl Scout’s Leader Magazine. She’s been featured on Fox News Orlando and in Twins Magazine with potty training advice and speaks to parenting groups and classes.

Sara also works for Orange County Public Schools, the 10th largest school district in the nation, and is the Vice President for Business Partnerships for the Florida Association of Partners in Education. In her life B.C. (before children), she produced breaking news and top story coverage for CNN, including every day of the O.J. Simpson criminal trial, the funeral of Princess Diana and the impeachment trial of Bill Clinton.

For more Stress-Free parenting advice, please visit and follow Sara and Dr. Pete on Twitter at @ParentingStress

4 March, 2015


Dr. Pete Stavinoha is best known for offering parents a peek inside the brain of their child through the Stress-Free Parent book series and website and numerous media appearances. Named the Psychologist of the Year for 2014 by the Texas Psychological Association, Dr. Pete is the co-author with Sara Au of Stress-Free Discipline: Simple Strategies for Handling Common Behavior Problems (AMACOM, 2015) and Stress-Free Potty Training, 2nd edition (AMACOM, 2016).

Stress-Free Discipline turns the entire concept of discipline on its end. Dr. Pete explains the underlying concepts of behavior, linking that information to what is happening in their home at any given moment. He teaches parents the basics of child behavior, offers up 16 Universal Strategies that run the gamut from positive parenting to negative consequences and then explains how and when to best implement these strategies. Readers come away with a toolbox of parenting tactics that they understand, and can pull out for use as a particular situation warrants.

Dr. Pete’s Universal Strategies help parents increase the positive behaviors of their children, and also turn negative behaviors around. The book showcases plenty of examples of real-world situations to empower parents to implement these strategies in their own lives.

An expert in general parenting, Dr. Pete’s been featured in hundreds of TV appearances, radio interviews and print publications, such as Parents, Parenting, American Baby, Marie Claire, US News & World Report, ABC, NBC and CBS News, as well as PBS, The Hallmark Channel and Kids in the House. Dr. Pete is a Clinical Neuropsychologist in the Center for Pediatric Psychiatry at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He’s a member of the American Psychological Association, the Texas Psychological Association, the International Neuropsychological Society, and the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology.

A sought-after speaker on parenting, Dr. Stavinoha appears at various conferences, luncheons and special events across the country. He is the father of a college-aged son.

For more Stress-Free parenting advice, please visit the Stress-Free Parent website and follow him and his co-author Sara Au on Twitter.