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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.

Oct 17, 2023

This week’s Complicated Kids Podcast episode features parent coach, school principal and ex-arsonist (more on that), Ben Pugh. Ben helps parents better understand their relationships with their children and changes their perspective to create understanding and support.


Ben talks with us about his experience that really led him to support kids and parents the way that he does, the impact of prioritizing your own healing to better support the decisions that your children are making, how it’s never too late to improve your relationships and combat generational trauma, and much more.


To gain a new perspective from an educator, former troublemaker, and enlightened human being, give this inspiring episode a listen. To find out more about Ben and how he may be able to help you improve your relationships, visit,