How To Free Your Child From Overeating | Michelle Maidenberg

EPISODE 149 – Michelle P. Maidenberg, Ph.D., MPH, LCSW-R, runs a private practice in Harrison, NY. She’s the Co-Founder and Clinical Director of “Thru My Eyes”, a nonprofit 501c3 organization that offers free clinically-guided videotaping to chronically medically ill individuals who want to leave video legacies for their children and loved ones; adjunct faculty at New York University (NYU), teaching a graduate course in Mindfulness Practice; a Board of Directors member at The Boys & Girls in Mount Vernon; a member of the American Red Cross Crisis Team; and on the Board of Directors of the Westchester Trauma Network (WTN) in Westchester NY. Michelle is the author of the book Free Your Child From Overeating: 53 Mind-Body Strategies For Lifelong Health, and her upcoming book (out 9/20/22) Ace Your Life: Unleash Your Best Self and Live the Life You Want is available to preorder at Thriftbooks , Barnes and Noble, Walmart, and Amazon. She’s also a blogger for Psychology Today. In the episode, Michelle explains the primary causes of overeating in children, early warning signs that a child may be trending towards an unhealthy relationship with food, how parents can model better behaviors for their kids…and more!


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  • Can you start off by telling us a bit about your background? (Specifically, how did you become a lawyer-turned-peacemaker?)
  • For the past 10 years, you’ve trained thousands of murderers serving life sentences to be peacemakers. I’m fascinated by this! Tell us about the Prison of Peace Project.
  • The subtitle of your book De-escalate is “How To Calm An Angry Person In 90 Seconds Or Less.” Do tell!
  • What do you mean when you say, “Listen others into existence.”
  • How can parents employ your de-escalation tactics with their kids? (Can you share a specific example?)
  • How can we use your de-escalation tactics with our spouses? (Can you share a specific example?)
  • How can people put your de-escalation tactics into practice at work? (Can you share a specific example?)
  • What is emotional invalidation, and why is it so problematic?
  • Even if you weren’t raised to be an empathic person, can you learn this skill later in life? If so, how?