College Bound? A Parent’s Growing Pains

Posted on September 21, 2017

“I see my daughter packing to leave next week. She’ll be leaving home for the first time, and my stomach is churning.” “I’m a little nervous for Oliver. He’s off to college, and he still looks like he’s 15. I hope he doesn’t get bullied. How will he handle living on his own?” “Anila is going to college. Oh, my God. I’m totally stressed out. She’s always attracted to the wrong crowd, and now I’ll have no control over that.”…

Avoiding Emotional Disasters During Natural Disasters

Posted on September 13, 2017

In the past few weeks, every time I’ve turned the TV or hopped onto social media, it seems that all I’ve seen is devastation—hurricanes in Texas and Florida, a huge earthquake in Mexico. Coverage of the damage to property, both personal and public, and the havoc wreaked on families and children everywhere triggers a slew of emotions—sadness, compassion, empathy, sympathy, fear, to name just a few. While we are eager to keep up to date on current events, let’s be…

Parenting Tips That Show You How You Can Be The “Perfect” Parent

Posted on September 6, 2017

Last week, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Josh Ochs from SmartSocial.com to discuss my award-winning book, The “Perfect” Parent. The discussion centered on the tools that can make us all better parents, especially in the digital age we are living in. Approachable parenting builds trust. Sensible parenting builds connection. Reasonable and responsible parenting builds understanding. When you are right, practice being kind first. Align your intentions with your goal. If you haven’t picked up the book yet, this…

A FAB Mom and Her Empowering Book

Posted on August 22, 2017

Last year I got an email from Jill Simonian, a lovely lady who invited me to join her on a FB Live segment on CBS LA’s Facebook page. I checked out the website of this FAB Mom—FAB=Focus After Baby —and I loved her energy, authentic voice, and message of mindful parenting while “keeping your groove on.” Those of us who have watched Jill know she is contagious! You can’t just like her… you fall in love with her. A couple of…

On Life and Death – A Conversation with My Kids

Posted on August 10, 2017

This year alone, my young adult children have lost four friends—one to a drug overdose, one to addiction-related suicide, one to cancer, and one to a freak motorcycle accident. Whether death is accidental, unexpected, or intentional, it commonly leaves us with some big and troubling questions: Why did this happen to him/her/their family/me? That question can never be answered clearly, no matter how many layers you peel back as you try to discover what led to the incident. What if…