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The Art of Living Well Podcast®

Sep 8, 2021

We are so excited to welcome today’s guest, Meredith Essalat.

Meredith is a K-8 school principal in San Francisco, CA and author of The Overly Honest Teacher: Parenting Advice from the Classroom which was released on October 13, 2020. With a career in academia that has spanned more than 17 years, she started off in collegiate student activities before moving into both elementary and secondary academic communities. She spent nine years in middle school education as both a teacher and Dean of Middle School Curriculum. In each of these opportunities, she witnessed the gamut of the scholastic, social, and developmental experiences of today's student. She possesses a BA in Mass Communication, a California-Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and a second M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. Meredith resides in California with her husband, Cameron. Visit for her valuable lessons learned both inside and outside the classroom.

On today’s show, we dive into how to instill self-confidence in tweens and teens and how to talk with children coming from a place of empathy.

We also discuss how parents can get good conversations started with their kids and how to create rules for the family.

We discuss Meredith's new book, "The Overly Honest Teacher," which delves into parenting advice from the classroom. Topics include: overscheduling, technology, overbearing parents, and developing resilience.

This episode is filled with so many fantastic tips and strategies for parents to implement immediately.

Giveaway: Meredith will send a copy of her book to one lucky winner.  Please email us at to be entered into a drawing for the book.

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