Striking a Balance: Stay-at-Home and Working Moms – Part II

Posted on November 13, 2017

In Part 1 of this blog, we addressed moms who have to work and the emotional challenges of guilt, doubt, and worry that they face. When it comes to time with the kids, the mom who chooses to work—because of a passion or commitment to her profession—deals with the same inner dialogue: “Am I spending enough time with my child?” “There aren’t enough hours in the day to get it all done.” “I didn’t even see my child today.” “Will…

Striking a Balance: Stay-at-Home and Working Moms – Part I

Posted on November 1, 2017

A friend sent me an article in The Wall Street Journal, which was based on psychoanalyst Erica Komisar’s book The Politicization of Motherhood. Komisar points to recent research and strongly advocates that mothers should stay home during their child’s formative years of 0-3. As much as I concur with this, we can all understand that for some moms this might not be realistic and may even be burdensome, especially if they are single mothers or the primary breadwinners of the…

The “Perfect” Parent is Now Available in Simplified 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 Simplified 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…