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Parenting Pickup Podcast

Welcome to the Parenting Pickup Podcast. With over 50 years of experience in early child care and education, we're here to share all things child-related. Every episode is designed for families' education and support from parenting tips and tricks, trending topics, fun activities, child development, and so much more! Special guests in early childhood and education will join our hosts Cara and Ashley, share their expertise and help answer some of the most challenging questions.


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Episode 1: Meltdowns

Children of all ages have meltdowns. There is no surprise there. But, many parents aren’t sure how to help their children when they have a tantrum or a meltdown. We sat down with Kate Wessinger, an expert on behavior and mental health, to give up beneficial advice.

Episode 2: New Siblings

Amanda Mason, New Horizon Academy’s Mental Health Specialist, talks about the steps to take to get your child ready for a new sibling and what to do once the new addition has made its appearance.

Episode 3: Conscious Discipline

Jessi Grittner, a Conscious Discipline Coordinator, shares how teachers, parents, and children can utilize conscious discipline every day to better understand the brain stages, feelings, communication, and intelligence through a self-regulation program that involves social and emotional learning and discipline.

Episode 4: Raising Caring Children

MiaLisa from ‘Doing Good Together‘ explains how important it is to instill caring and kindness in your child as character traits and values. She provides crucial facts, tips, and shares helpful resources on how to raise children to be kind.


Meet Our Team

Cara Johnson-Bader

Cara Johnson-Bader


Cara Johnson-Bader is the Vice President of Marketing and Parent Experiences at New Horizon Academy. She is the mother of two incredible and full of energy boys—Ben and Will. When not attending her sons’ snowboarding, skiing, and baseball sporting events, she can be found playing board games and reading with her boys. As one of the hosts of Parenting Pickup, she is excited to share helpful hints, tricks, and advice to help parents as the navigate the child-rearing journey.

Ashley Tibor

Ashley Tibor


Ashley Tibor has been a part of the New Horizon Academy family for over five years working in social media, marketing, and more. When not chasing her active 9-month old, Ruby, she can be found catching up on her favorite television shows or exploring the great outdoors with her family. As the host of Parenting Pickup, her main goal is to share educational resources from experts to help other new parents like herself.

Alex Dickison

Alex Dickison


Alex Dickison, the previous host, is now the podcast's producer. She has always been passionate about early childhood education, having a son of her own. Her main goal is to provide listeners with the best information, educate parents on trending topics, and bring awareness by producing the best episodes possible.

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