A podcast for parents featuring tips from fellow parents and the latest insights from childhood experts. Addresses pregnant women and parents of kids 0-5 and hosted by mom and early childhood development expert, Jessica Stewart-Gonzalez. You got this, mom!

The Parenting Brief features host Jessica Stewart-Gonzalez talking to guests with different areas of childhood development expertise. Jessica is raising two little kids and has been in the field of Family and Child Development for over 20 years, working towards normalizing the challenging work of parenting and making it easier to ask the hard questions.

Jessica is also the Program Director for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) at the Arizona Department of Health Services. She oversees the Home Visiting Programs through Strong Families AZ, which connects families with skilled and caring home visitors.


We cover topics that new and seasoned parents face—like talking, sleeping, walking, and feeding—to help you make intentional decisions in your journey as a parent.

The 4th Trimester, Episode 11

You know what to expect during pregnancy, but what happens in the weeks immediately after birth? Jessica welcomes 4th trimester planning expert Elizabeth Wood to discuss how to take care of your baby and yourself – physically and emotionally – during this life-changing period.

Cool Tips for Summertime Heat, Episode 10

Jessica chats with Matt Roach, Epidemiology Program Manager for the Climate and Health, Drinking Water, and Environmental Public Health Tracking Programs at ADHS about the danger of hot temperatures, the signs of heat exhaustion, and how to prepare your kids for hot weather.

Sun Safety Checklist, Episode 9

As we get ready for summer fun, skin protection is top of mind. To help you prepare your children for outdoor adventures, Jessica chats with Sergio Perez, SunWise Program Manager at ADHS. They give you a checklist of sun safety measures to help you protect your kid from the sun’s rays.

Lead Poisoning: Signs, Risks, and Prevention, Episode 8

Lead poisoning and exposure through everyday household items is a serious problem for children and can impact their development. Jessica welcomes Ginny De La Cruz, a lead poisoning prevention expert, to discuss how to create a safe household environment for your kids.

How To Practice Positive Parenting, Episode 7

Conflict with your kids is inevitable—from bedtime, to tantrums, to healthy habits. Resolving that conflict in a proactive and positive way is a skill, and sometimes an art. Jessica welcomes Dr. Randy Ahn, Implementation Consultant at the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) to discuss how to practice this skill as a parent.

Screen Time Solutions, Episode 6

Jessica and media expert Dr. Michael Robb offer advice on managing screen time for toddlers, from setting limits to avoiding tantrums. Screen time doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing solution to entertaining your kid. Learn how to incorporate it in a healthy and thoughtful way.

Time for Table Foods?, Episode 5

Jessica is joined by nutrition expert Alan Brown to discuss introducing table foods into your baby’s diet. Get step-by-step tips to help you introduce solid foods safely, and learn how to spot possible allergies and food sensitivities.

Newborn Screenings: What to Expect, Episode 4

Jessica takes her audience through the newborn screening process step by step with Fran Altamaire, case management coordinator for the Office of Newborn Screening-Follow up at the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Baby Talk, Episode 3

Jessica is joined by Kat Willard, Senior Director of Family Support and Literacy at First Things First, who shares creative ways to have intentional conversations with your little one.

Sleep—Every Parent’s Dream, Episode 2

Jessica covers tips and tricks for implementing the ABCs of safe sleep with Yomaira Diaz Castillo, Injury Prevention Manager at the Arizona Department of Health.

Breastfeeding? Answers!, Episode 1

Host, expert, and mom Jessica Stewart-Gonzalez gets some advice for breastfeeding moms from Anne Whitmire, WIC Breastfeeding and Training Administrator at the Arizona Department of Health Services.