The “Perfect” Parent is Now Available in Simple Chinese

Posted on October 18, 2017

Three years ago, on October 1, 2014, my first book, The “Perfect” Parent: 5 Tools for Using Your Inner Perfection to Connect With Your Kids, was published by the Greenleaf Book Group. Thanks to your support, this journey has been full of surprises and unexpected gifts. Besides having received four top industry awards and recommendations by Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal, I am pleased to announce that my book is now available in Simple Chinese. There are approximately 1.4 billion people in…

Teenagers: When to Push, When to Let Go

Posted on October 9, 2017

Guest post by Tools of Growth follower, Carolyn West. My daughter is a high school senior, and I flip flop daily from being excited for her and all that lies ahead, and nervous because she’ll be leaving home soon. It’s been said that the most important time to be a stay-at-home-parent is during the teen years. I absolutely believe this is true.—not because I need to pack her lunch and lay out her clothes, but because there is so much…

Talking to Kids About the Las Vegas Shooting

Posted on October 5, 2017

With so much pain from the Las Vegas shooting this week, we are all trying to cope with what happened and our immense grief and fear. Roma sat down with Alex Urbina and Kyle Jellings on KHTS AM-1220 Radio in Santa Clarita to give us some tips to help us discuss this tragedy with our kids, and how to handle it ourselves as well.   Some of the key takeaways from the discussion: Be honest: Face this with acceptance. Let…

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…