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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.

Feb 13, 2024

This week I am joined by Whitney Ortiz of Eliana’s Light, an organization that focuses on providing the care needed for whole families who have a family member with a serious or life threatening medical complexities.


In this powerful interview, Whitney and I talk about her story of the struggles that her and her family experienced while caring for Eliana through her heart condition. Whitney shares some often overlooked needs of families in this position, addresses the lack of support for these families and shares with us how she is making a difference in the lives of those in the DC, VA and MD communities.


To find out more about Eliana’s Light and the incredible impact that Eliana is making on the world even after her passing and the ways that Whitney can help you and your family get some relief from the stressful times of caring for a sick child, visit her website at or email Whitney directly at


You can also find more resources that can help by visiting her partner page at