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…

Connection: The Only New Year’s Parenting Resolution You Need to Make

Posted on January 1, 2019

Hundreds of parenting resolutions are splattered all over social media. Two that have caught my attention repeatedly are “spend more time with my kids” and “yell less.” To me, both of these really scream a desire for connection. And it’s true. We want nothing more than a deeper or stronger connection with our kids. When we lack that connection—because we are not spending enough time with them or the time that we spend with them is filled with yelling and…

How Christmas Came to Our House

Posted on December 24, 2018

My Aunt and her granddaughter in New Delhi, India   It was January 1993. My then-six-year-old daughter, Nitasha, came home from her first day of school after winter break, completely out of sorts. I knew immediately something was coming. “Was it fun going back to school after three weeks?” I asked. “Nope,” she said with arms tightly folded, eyes squinting, forehead wrinkled. “Oh no. Are you okay? What happened, babloo?” I asked, using her favorite term of endearment, yet giggling…