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…

Mindful

Posted on August 1, 2017

The other day, I heard a parent say, “I can’t do the mindful parenting thing. It’s not my style. I’m not into meditation. It’s too hard for me.” That comment reinforced something I already knew: When it comes to parenting, the word mindful is easily misunderstood. That probably is the fault of us, the parenting “experts.” To begin with, there are a lot of us, and we come from many different fields. Besides licensed MDs, PhDs, and MFTs, you can…

Banning Phone Sales for Preteens… or Not!

Posted on July 26, 2017

I recently came across this segment on CNN, where a Colorado physician and father joined others in circulating a petition to ban cell phone sales to children under 13. I have read enough research and followed enough conversations with experts to know that the issue is truly a concern. Cutting-edge research confirms that the brain during the teen years leans toward more impulsive behavior, attitudes, and mood swings and is more prone to addictions. How then can we put mobile devices…