Laughter – Take a Cue From Your Kids

Posted on March 11, 2019

Needless to say, we all learn from our kids almost as much (if not more!) as we teach them — which is why Learning is the primary pillar of our TOG Philosophy! One of the most important things that we can learn from our kids is the frequency of laughter. Did you know that: – Kids laugh approximately 300 times per day! – The average 40-year-old adult laughs only about 3-4 times per day! Think about it—kids learn to laugh much before they learn…

Be a Rule Model AND a Role Model

Posted on February 19, 2019

My well behaved niece Vaani, 7 years old at the time, had come to spend a couple of days with us during her summer break last year. I decided to go over some basic rules with her like picking up her plate after a meal, keeping shoes off the couch and furniture, etc…you know, the usual list of rules that us parents like to impose on our kids. She carefully listened at first. When I was done, she asked, ”…

How to Overcome Struggles for Independence

Posted on January 30, 2019

This post was first published on Masalamommas.com. “I eat,” insists the toddler as her mother feeds her morning cereal. “I don’t want to wear this,” says the preschooler as his dad struggles to dress him for school. “Why do I have to go to bed at eight?” asks the tween. “How come you don’t trust me to walk home from school? It’s only a ten-minute walk,” argues the teenager. Pushes for independence like these are but a few of the real-life situations…

Activate Your Inner PGS (Parental Guidance System)

Posted on January 25, 2019

You know that the addition of our first child brings the title of “parent,” but did you know that this title is accompanied by a natural installation of a P.G.S – Parental Guidance System? I believe our PGS is like a car GPS. If used to our advantage, it helps take the edge off; it helps us be more confident about the journey and less anxious about finding the destination. Our PGS can guide us to be Happy Relaxed Parents and to Raise Kids…

The Perfect Parent is now in Korean!

Posted on January 10, 2019

The “Perfect” Parent is now in Korean! You never know where things will lead. I hardly imagined that a book I wrote out of a personal passion would not only benefit parents but would also win a number of awards and become a template for an educational program for school districts. And to have the book available in two other languages…who would have thought? Last year, as you may remember, The Perfect Parent was translated into Simplified Chinese and became…