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As parents, we want to instill messages in our children’s mind that they will remember forever. Those messages are the values and keys to life they will carry with them into the real world. Did you know that children’s books can be used as a tool to raise good humans? To have conversations with our kids that matter most? Join us on this journey as we spotlight talented authors and their beautiful books. Books that act as tools to create dialogue and bond with our children. Learn how to walk ...
 
HOT MESS is a laugh-out-loud podcast with Actor & Comedian Alec Mapa along with professional psychotherapist, Matthew Dempsey, who both explore the pursuit of health and wellness in a hilarious and compassionate way. Everyone’s trying to survive in a world that’s turned upside down, but beneath the surface we’re all a HOT MESS and the healing process can trigger intense feelings. But, have no fear, Alec and Matthew are here! They’ll zero in on an ISSUE OF THE DAY to compare and despair uncer ...
 
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Children's book author, Winsome Bingham, joins us for a discussion around Black family tradition, diversity in books, and her Coretta Scott King Award Winning Book, 'Soul Food Sunday'. Learn more about Winsome Bingham >> https://binghamwrites.com/ Grab the book Soul Food Sunday by Winsome Bingham, illustrated by C. G. Esperanza >> https://amzn.to/3…
 
We often hear about adoption from the adoptive parent’s point of view. Rarely do we get to step into the mind of a child and learn what the experience is for them. Once the actual adoption process is finalized, it’s easy to negate all the emotions the child experiences. And while adoption is beautiful, the child often struggles through trauma, sepa…
 
Over the last few years, we’ve all taken the time to consider exactly what family means to us. We would venture into the world avoiding unfamiliar people, sanitizing multiple times a day– all to keep our family safe. What a crazy time! A time that made us realize what matters the most, family. A group of people, blood-related or not, that loves and…
 
The past few years have drastically changed our way of living. It changes the way we communicate, work, and educate our children. While we are so busy adjusting to change, we often forget that our children also need support. Today, the author spotlight is on Dr. Tamera Foley, a veteran educator and advocate for children's trauma and mental health i…
 
Have you ever been in a situation where your child wakes up as Mr. Grumpy pants, and you feel like you’re walking on eggshells around them? Their negative energy affects you and everyone else in the household, and they have no idea how to deal with the bad attitude. What we can do to help them as parents is to show the flip side of what it will loo…
 
Did you know that reading books together creates a warm, emotional bond between you and your children? They help create a special connection, not only a parent-children bond but also a link to encourage us to dream. This episode’s author spotlight is on Michael John Sullivan; if the name sounds familiar, there may be a couple of reasons why. Michae…
 
What are you feeling right now? Happy? Sad? Lonely? Something you can’t quite describe? With so many emotions to feel, it can be overwhelming. And if it’s overwhelming for us– imagine how your kids may be feeling! The best we can do to help our children is to create the space to allow the hard conversation to happen and help to guide them through. …
 
Ever wonder why some kids take to reading a bit more than others? Especially at home, when you ask them to read aloud, they may feel like it's a school assignment rather than an engaging activity. We play an important role in modeling reading for our kids. Children learn through observation and modeling, and we, as caregivers (teachers too!), are t…
 
Does your child talk comfortably at home but behave differently around other people? Like when they need to go back to school, they tend to be more reserved, shy, and quiet. Our children go through a lot of changes in their life, and those transitions may result in fear and anxiety that can affect their communication skills. As parents, we want to …
 
Do your children have a best toy buddy? That one friend who is always by their side. A playmate and companion just like Buzz LightYear to Andy in Toy Story. Our children have a special bond with their toys. For some children, a robot model is not just a toy but a robot friend. If that’s your kid, this episode is for you! Sari Karplus is back for an…
 
Remember the time when you had a FQ (friendship quarrel) with your BFF? How do you handle the situation? Do you feel that friend is a real friend or not really a friend? Because the truth is even best friends don't always get along, and that is OKAY! The author's spotlight is on Jessica Speer today. With her master's degree in Social Science, Jessi…
 
Have you ever read a book and then watched its movie adaptation or vice versa? What have you noticed? The book is more detailed! It allows you to feel, react, and act in a certain way because books have a power that resonates with the reader in a way that no other medium does. So, we need more books on the front line, especially in this age of soci…
 
Did you know that aside from shooting laser beams and having supernatural powers, superheroes also solve everyday problems? Today’s author spotlight is on Erin Twamley, an award-winning children’s book author of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) books and an educator. Erin shared how she co-authored the book “Everyday Superheroes” a…
 
Helping Kids Understand Breast Cancer - Interview w/ Children's Book Author, Marci Greenberg Cox 'Mommy Has a Boo-Boo' We chat about her book and author journey. To learn more, visit https://www.florpublishing.com/ Check out Marci's books here: https://amzn.to/3AVTMYo This episode was originally recorded via video on facebook: https://www.facebook.…
 
Dr. Sheila R. Thomas, affectionately known as The Parent Partner, is a passionate educational leader who finds joy in helping others succeed. On this episode, we talk about how her work supports, encourages, and inspires parents to take action to support their child's journey-- in every area of their life. To learn more, visit https://www.drsheilat…
 
Pres Shauntee Burns-Simpson of the Black Caucus American Library Association joined us to discuss how the association continues to serve as an advocate for the development, promotion, and improvement of library services and resources to the nation’s African American community; and provides leadership for the recruitment and professional development…
 
I sat with award-winning author, poet, and school librarian Alice Faye Duncan to discuss her contributions to children's literature. Heavily focused on her books, Evicted! and Opal Lee And What It Means To Be Free, we travel down memory lane with Alice as she details how she brought these stories to life. To learn more, visit https://alicefayedunca…
 
Children's book author, Winsome Bingham, joins us for a discussion around Black family tradition, diversity in books, and her Coretta Scott King Award Winning Book, 'Soul Food Sunday'. To learn more, visit https://binghamwrites.com/ Check out Winsome's book here: books here: https://amzn.to/3d4sE2h This episode was originally recorded via video on …
 
Ben is the father of four Princesses and a Superhero. Raising five beautiful, smart, independent children has inspired and challenged him to use creative and original ideas to teach them essential life lessons. The Flip and Friends series are stories he originally created to educate his own children in a fun and relatable way. As an early writer of…
 
As an educator, Angelina uses books to teach kindness, social-emotional learning, empathy, and many more values. She hopes her books will be used by parents, caregivers, and educators to do the same. To learn more, visit https://www.kindnessandstories.com/ Check out Angelina's books here: What Kind of World Would it Be? - https://amzn.to/3hEsuhg I …
 
This episode discusses D.M. Whitaker's essential & encouraging potty training books for tots. This is the perfect book for your little boy or girl to feel empowered while on the potty training journey! D.M. Whitaker was born in Omaha, Nebraska to a mom and dad that loved reading books to her and her siblings. Thus, her love for reading and sharing …
 
This episode discusses Aja's inspiring Plane Jane series. We hear all about Jane working through both confidence and doubt, obstacles and opportunities to build her own plane and reach new heights. Aja Dorsey Jackson is a Baltimore-based author, editor and mother of three. After writing several books as a ghostwriter, she published her first book, …
 
This episode discusses Etaine's beautiful book on the power of our unique differences. We chat about the importance of inclusiveness, Etaine's roots and Irish proverbs, and her artistry which shines through the entire book! Etaine Raphael is the author-illustrator of The Rhyme-Time Twins series, which has just begun! She was born and raised in Wash…
 
This episode discusses Sari's impeccable ability to make us laugh while providing thought-provoking content-- all in one children's book! Since her appearance, she has extended her Robotastic series with 'Robotastic: Jake and the Giant Beach.' Although we do not discuss that book in this episode (which aired live a few months ago)-- it is available…
 
In this episode, we discuss humor as a tool for parenting. We discuss how humor allows our children to play with words and discover new ways to view the world. While this episode has many many hilarious moments, we also discuss the importance of diversity in books and the barriers that exist for Black and Brown authors. Jacob Eckeberger is a first-…
 
As a mother of a young Black daughter, author Kimberly Davis-Peters realized how most children’s books lacked diversity. Wanting a different experience from her own growing up for her daughter Ellie, Kimberly utilized a common occurrence for parents as inspiration for her debut children’s book, “Ellie & The Rainy Day.” What could have been another …
 
Tiffany Obeng is an attorney, wife, and mother. The latter accomplishment is what inspired the current book series, Andrew's "Career Day" Series. The book series explores various careers and makes career-day ANY day and EVERY day. Every book's lasting message is: You are never too young to aspire to be anything you want to be! Andrew loves to read …
 
Children's book author and fellow podcast host, Lisa Jacovsky, joins us to discuss her Let's Talk! Series. Lisa is a child development specialist and Doctoral Level student at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She works with children under the age of 3 with cognitive and developmental delays, sometimes with a diagnosis of Autism Spectr…
 
Children's book author, Alexis Wyatt, joins us to discuss her book 31 Affirmations to a Brown Child. Check out the book: https://amzn.to/3tEybCm This episode was originally recorded via video on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/quinnpc619/videos/4070873609635033 Free gift 🎁 Our simple approach to an enjoyable storytime: https://aidynsbooks.com/en…
 
In this episode of Alec Mapa: Hot Mess with Matthew Dempsey Psychotherapist, Alec and Matt look back on some of their favorite moments with the amazing drag queens that have appeared on the show. Alaska Thunderfuck opens up about the backlash she received after Drag Race, Peppermint talks about sex addiction and self-loathing, Trixie Mattel shares …
 
In this episode of Alec Mapa: Hot Mess with Matthew Dempsey Psychotherapist, Alec selects some of the most impactful and helpful Hot Messages from the show. Listen to what Jodi Sweetin, Jackie Beat, Joely Fisher, Tina Burner, Naomi Ekperigin, Johnny Sibily, Denali, Nikki Blonksy and others have to say about what has helped and inspired them to triu…
 
In this episode of Alec Mapa: Hot Mess with Matthew Dempsey Psychotherapist, Alec and Matthew re-air a heartfelt and hilarious conversation with a famous tv personality and author of Name Drop, Ross Mathews. This episode was recorded just after Ross’ mom passed away and Matt, Alec, and Ross talk about dealing with the loss of a loved one during the…
 
In this episode of Alec Mapa: Hot Mess with Matthew Dempsey Psychotherapist, Alec and Matthew address people-pleasing with Raven, the Emmy award-winning make-up artist and host of the new competition show Painted with Raven on Wow Presents Plus. Raven opens up about growing up in Victorville, California, falling in love with makeup and beauty, bein…
 
In this episode of Alec Mapa: Hot Mess with Matthew Dempsey Psychotherapist, Alec and Matthew are excited to welcome the star of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12, Rock M Sakura. Rock shares with Alec and Matt her challenging childhood being raised by a mother who struggled with addiction. Rock shares why she left home at 15 and her journey to becoming …
 
In this episode of Alec Mapa: Hot Mess with Matthew Dempsey Psychotherapist, Alec and Matthew are excited to welcome childhood dancer from the Missy Elliott music videos, Disney Channel child actress and creator of Movement Genius, Alyson Stoner. Alyson opens up about the pressure of being a child actress and the resentment she felt, struggling wit…
 
In this episode of Alec Mapa: Hot Mess with Matthew Dempsey Psychotherapist, Alec and Matthew express their gratitude to all of their listeners for tuning in each week and making Hot Mess such a success! They then re-air their first ever episode of Hot Mess with Alec’s former college classmate and Emmy-Award winning actress Kristen Johnston. The re…
 
In this episode of Alec Mapa: Hot Mess with Matthew Dempsey Psychotherapist, Alec and Matthew are thrilled to welcome Oscar-nominated child actress from The Good-bye Girl and author of Notes from the Underwire and The Year of Learning Dangerously, humorist Quinn Cummings to the show. Quinn opens up about why she decided to try Ketamine Assisted Psy…
 
Quinn offers up advice on reluctant holiday travel, long-haul Covid burnout, culinary indifference, and follicular vanity. Also, butts. Remember to use your special Libro.FM audiobook discount here: www.libro.fm/redeem/quinn And, as promised, two links to cat undercarriage maintenance: https://www.seniorcatwellness.com/cat-not-cleaning-bum-properly…
 
In this episode of Alec Mapa: Hot Mess with Matthew Dempsey Psychotherapist, Alec and Matthew are excited to welcome the star of 3 seasons of drag race and host of the podcast “Local Queen”, Ginger Minj. Ginger opens up about the chronic depression that has been with her for as long as she remembers. She reveals publicly for the first time, the tra…
 
In this episode of Alec Mapa: Hot Mess with Matthew Dempsey Psychotherapist, Alec and Matthew are excited to welcome Oscar-nominated actress from Bullets Over Broadway, world-class poker player, and star of the new Chucky television show, Jennifer Tilly. Jennifer opens up about growing up in a dysfunctional family, how she started to play the airhe…
 
In this episode of Alec Mapa: Hot Mess with Matthew Dempsey Psychotherapist, Alec and Matthew are excited to welcome star of RuPaul’s Drag Race Seasons 2 and 3 and All Stars Season 3, and star of the HBO hit show We’re Here, the amazing D.J. “Shangela” Pierce. Shangela shares the story of his upbringing and how he learned his work ethic from his fa…
 
In this episode of Alec Mapa: Hot Mess with Matthew Dempsey Psychotherapist, Alec and Matthew are excited to welcome Beth Hall who starred for 4 seasons as Caroline on Mad Men and 7 seasons as Wendy on CBS’s hit show Mom. The three talk about the need to “reset” in your life and how we resist change and can let fear get in our way. Beth, having wra…
 
In this episode of Alec Mapa: Hot Mess with Matthew Dempsey Psychotherapist, Alec opens up about why he made the decision to stop drinking. Alec gets real about how and when he realized he was drinking too much during the pandemic and the impact his alcohol use was having on his relationships. Matt and Alec talk about the importance of identifying …
 
In this episode of Alec Mapa: Hot Mess with Matthew Dempsey Psychotherapist, Alec’s husband of 20 years, Jamie Hebert, is back to continue the conversation about why they decided to open up their relationship and the impact it has had on both of them. The feedback after Part 1 of this conversation was overwhelming and the listeners wanted to hear M…
 
In this episode of Alec Mapa: Hot Mess with Matthew Dempsey Psychotherapist, Alec and Matthew are excited to welcome star of RuPaul’s Drag Race Seasons 9 and 10 and the popular “We’re Here” on HBO, the amazing Eureka. The three have a powerful and hilarious conversation about feeling “othered” and the healthy and unhealthy strategies they used to m…
 
In this episode of Alec Mapa: Hot Mess with Matthew Dempsey Psychotherapist, Alec and Matthew are excited to welcome the star of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13 and the reigning National Ms. Comedy Queen, Tina Burner to the show for an inspiring conversation about how to turn adversity into strength. Tina opens up about her challenging childhood and t…
 
In this episode of Alec Mapa: Hot Mess with Matthew Dempsey Psychotherapist, Alec and Matthew are excited to welcome actor, writer, director, and beloved acting coach Jack Plotnick to the show for a fascinating conversation about managing anxiety. Alec and Matt open up about their own vulnerabilities and what makes them feel anxious. Jack shares th…
 
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