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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.

Dec 12, 2023

I was delighted to be joined by Ayelet Marinovich, founder of Learn with Less. We covered a RANGE of topics, including how becoming parents changed the way we think about our roles, how Ayelet leveraged her need for connection as a new mom into the programs she now runs for families and facilitators, how all of child development is interrelated, and how toys are OPTIONAL. As we gear up for the holidays, you'll want to stay tuned till the end of the episode for some pro tips on toy selection.


To find out more about Ayelet, visit her website at Or find her on all the socials at learnwithless.


If you want to grab her Infant and Toddler Blueprint, go to