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Complicated Kids with Gabriele Nicolet

Complicated Kids is a podcast about why raising kids can feel so hard sometimes. We’ll talk about quirky kids, highly sensitive kids, Orchid Kids, disabilities, disorders and therapies. But we’ll also talk about general child development, parenting tips, and how to understand the child you brought home with you and agreed to house, clothe, feed and raise until their adulthood (What were you THINKING?!)

Parenting is an adventure anyway. If you’ve got complicated kids, it can feel like an extreme sport. Join me to unpack all of it, figure out who needs what, and help your family thrive.

Gabriele Nicolet is a Toddler Whisperer, Parent Coach and Speech Therapist. – She is the co-founder of Raising Orchid Kids – an online, global parent education and coaching practice, as well as the owner of SpeechKids – a private speech therapy practice in the DC metro area. Gabriele has a hard time eating out in restaurants if children are present because she always wants to play. She is passionate about all things child development, and particularly fascinated by the ways in which common parenting practices affect highly sensitive (Orchid) kids and how to tweak them so that everyone can stay calm and become their best Selves.

Aug 1, 2023

This week I spoke with the very intuitive and highly experienced parent coach, Jen Kiss. Jen is not only a parent coach, but one that specializes in helping parents with neurodiverse children as the mother of a neurodiverse child herself.


Jen and I talk about her experience as a mother, some of the things she told herself in early motherhood, and what strategies she has learned along the way for nurturing her Orchid child. We also talk about the societal expectations of parents and children, the extra needs of orchid children, and myths about parenthood.


To find out more about how Jen may be able to help you, visit her website at