She’s growing up

She’s growing up

I sit back, her kiss still fresh on my cheek, her laughter still echoing in the car, and watch my little girl climb the steps to the preschool at our local synagogue. In a month, I thought, she’ll be sleeping in her own new bed and making all new friends. No, she’s...
Warning Label for Parents

Warning Label for Parents

Babies don’t come with a manual. At least they should have a warning label on their little hospital cap for the new parent: WARNING: Parenting may cause stress. Sources of stress include Facebook, your friends, relatives, societal pressure, and a lack of...
Yes you can…

Yes you can…

…do *LESS* for your kids You aren’t just raising a child. You are preventing colon cancer. You wake up every morning to pave the road to an Ivy League education. Face it: before you get out of bed in the morning, you hoist the weight of the world on your...
What are you waiting for?

What are you waiting for?

Heroes take action. We admire people who act boldly. But sometimes we overdo our fascination with “taking action.” We like to say: Don’t just sit there, do something. Get to your desk early and stay until closing time. We become slaves to the clock,...
Who is on Your “Starting Five”?

Who is on Your “Starting Five”?

Author Jim Rohn suggested that you are the “average” of the five people with whom you spend the most time in your life. Think about the people with whom you spend the most time each day. (Take a moment and write down a list of your top five.) Now ask...
What can you change?

What can you change?

I have worked in large urban public schools for over 15 years and my kids have gone through public elementary, middle, and high schools in suburbs. I have two front-row seats to witness How Schools Really Work: Extreme Edition. If a school is running...
WORKSHOP: Finding Your Parenting Superpower

WORKSHOP: Finding Your Parenting Superpower

I am so pleased to announce a workshop I will lead at Friends’ Central School on March 10th at 7pm titled: Laugh More, Yell Less: Finding Your Parenting Superpower. At this interactive workshop (flyer below), I will reveal the hard science behind parenting...
Why do I need to be positive?

Why do I need to be positive?

“Why do psychologists all want people to be happy all the time? What’s wrong with being a pessimist or feeling depressed sometimes?” “I like the way it feels to be angry. I like to get it out of my system and just yell sometimes. And isn’t it proven that you need a...
I’m on TV! (well, almost)

I’m on TV! (well, almost)

I was almost on TV. Really. I was almost picked to be the host of a new reality show. Yes, I have been on TV a couple times before. I was the expert interviewed on the news, answering questions about bullying and how parents can help their kids with fears about school...

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